I am a sinner saved by grace. Really?
I know you have heard this statement before. Church people like to profess it in order to stay humble and remind themselves that they are not worthy. The problem is that is not biblical.
Nope, it is not in the Bible.
Here are two versus people use to prove that the statement is true:
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Yes, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and we have been saved by grace, but it is an error to put those two concepts together and come up with we are sinners saved by grace.
Yes, we still sin, but does that mean we are sinners? I know the definition of sinner is one who sins, but we are never called that in the Bible. That definition came about in the 14th century, which was not a great time for Christianity, so maybe they got it wrong.
Biblically, a sinner is one who lives in sin. A resident of sin. You are a sinner, not because you sin, but because you were from sin, the sin nature. It is like being a citizen of a country. You are that resident no matter where you go. If I go to France, I am still an American. If you try to be good, you are still a sinner. The only way to stop being a sinner is to change into something else. That is what happened to us on the cross. We were made into new creations. Paul used the adoption reference to explain it. We stopped being sinners and became saints or sons of God. If I declare French citizenship, I cease being an American even though I still have American thoughts and tendencies. When we become a saint we still have the old sinner mindset, but that is fading away as we draw closer to Christ.
If we are sons of God, we will still sin as we are learning about our new role, but we are no longer sinners. Would God make us a better version of what we were before? No. If we are a better version of the same thing, we could have made ourselves better and would not have needed Jesus. We are different. We are new creations.
It is a shame to see all of those people who profess Jesus not living like it. If you want to think that you are just a sinner and that is the way you are, I really don’t think God will kick you out of His presence. All you are doing is missing out on who you are and your role in God until you enter into Heaven. Your choice.