Friday, November 30, 2012

What is the difference between a Sinner and a Christian?

This post is by Tyler Kirkpatrick. Tyler is currently interning as the Associate Minister with the West Visalia Church of Christ.

There is a stark contrast between a sinner and a Christian. The Bible paints this picture clearly within the New Testament.
  • 2 Corinthians 6:17,18 - “Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you, And will be to you a Father, And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” - This New Testament passage is a quotation of Isaiah 52:11 and Hosea 1:10. The passage demonstrates the distinction that ought to be made between the world of darkness and light. Separation is to be apparent between the world and the follower of Christ. God wants to have a familial relationship with mankind. If we separate ourselves from that world of sin, then He can properly be our Father. 
  • 1 John 3:7,8 - “My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous: he that doeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” - One can be righteous in the eyes of God. The individual who does that which is righteous is considered to be righteous by God. Just as that is the case, the individual who sins is a sinner. The life of the christian and that of a sinner should be so different from one another because they do different things in their lives. One practices righteousness while the other practices sin. 
  • 1 John 1:7 - “but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” - To have fellowship with God and fellow brethren, an individual must walk in the light. When an individual does this the blood of Jesus Christ continually cleanses that individual. A christian is without sin. A sinner lives a life of sin. A christian walks in the light. A sinner walks in darkness. 
  • 1 John 1:8 - “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” - The follower of Christ readily admits that they have sin that has plagued them. They know that they would be a liar if they did not readily admit such. The christian has moved though from the point of acknowledgement to the point of forgiveness. This point is important. Both the sinner and the Christian readily admit that they have dealt with sin. What have they done about that though?
  • 1 John 1:9 - “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” - The christian that brings their faults before God and confesses them to Him is promised forgiveness. That individual is promised to made clean in the eyes of God. They are literally made clean from the unrighteousness that they have done. The sinner still needs to be baptized in order to contact the blood of Christ and have the privilege to ask the Father for forgiveness.
  • Philippians 2:14,15 - “Do all things without murmurings and questionings: that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world,” -  The christian seeks purity. The world around them is chaos and full of travail. The christian stands as an example of peace and innocence. 
The differences between these two groups of individuals is very apparent. One represents righteousness, purity, innocence, forgiveness, and even Christ Himself. The other represents unrighteousness, sin, and Satan.