Hi there, good mornin to you my friend. This article is intended to be biblically accurate in defining who God’s children are.

So the following fact is absolutely vital to be understood at the outset of this article. That being, this article is not not referencing the Christian’s behavior, but rather, the Christian’s identity.

So I present to you the subject of the Christian’s identity from a biblical perspective…

1 Thessalonians 5.5

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Did you know that there’s no hybrid creature of God? There is no Christian who’s only partially forgiven, partially righteous, partially sanctified, partdarkness/partlight, and partsinner/partsaint.

And while I’ve not personally investigated every single biblical-usage of the word “sinner” in the bible, I have observed that the typical bible-usage of that word refers to someone who is unsaved, (a child of Satan).

Of course no study of the word “sinner” is complete without considering the apostle Paul’s use of the word “sinner” in the present tense while referring to himself in 1 Timothy 1.15:This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

However, to understand his statement in verse 15 in context, one must consider the preceding verses, (verses 12-14). There you will see that Paul was talking about himself as a lost person, (prior to when he was born again).

Here are those preceding verses, 1 Timothy 1.12-14:

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

So (to me) given the overall context of verses 12-15, it appears that Paul’s reference to himself as a “sinner” in verse 15 was in reference to himself in his unregenerate state.

But regardless of how you understand that particular usage of the word “sinner,” I would advise anyone to define that word by the harmonious-avalanche of clear verses in scripture which use the word “sinner” to identify lost people.

Here are its 69 occurrences in scripture:

Now let’s observe the bible-usage of the word “saint” shall we?

You’ll find in scripture that when it’s referring to someone’s identity, it’s referring to a child of God.

And for good measure, the word “saint” is biblically-used most often in scripture after the gospels, (leaving no doubt that the word “saint” identifies Christians).

Here are its 101 bible occurrences:

Also, (I find the following fact to be very interesting)… Did you ever notice that the introductory segments of Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians specifically mention that those letters were written tosaints?”

These letters were written to living Christians, thus Christians are saints.”

Here’s a thought-provoking experiment for you to consider regarding who’s a saint and who’s a sinner…

Notice the wording in Ephesians 1.1 please:

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:”

Now how would that verse sound if the word “saint” was replaced with the word “sinner?”

Let’s have a look…

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the sinners which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

That sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?

So think about that the next time you hear someone refer to God’s children as sinners.”

So if you haven’t already, please join me in henceforth calling God’s children what He calls His children…”saints.”

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And finally, to conclude this post I’m going to share some information with you about the topic of “sanctification”.

I firmly believe that the religious concept of “progressive sanctification” is a non-scriptural false doctrine.

For one thing, you won’t find the phrase “being” sanctified in the KJV, (just as you won’t find the phrase “being” saved). You have to go to one of the corrupt modern bible versions to find phraseology like that.

Moreover, the concept of “progressive” sanctification denies the finished work of Christ as applied to the believer, as it sets a person on the course of generating works holiness. Thus shifting rightful confidence & glory from the risen Lord Jesus Christ, to oneself.

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I’ve examined the following words in the new testament:

“saint,” (Strong’s word # G40)

“sanctified,” (Strong’s word # G37)

“sanctification,” (Strong’s word # G38)

“holy,” (Strong’s word # G40)

and I’ve observed that they all have a similar meaning.

[I don’t read someone’s definition of a word, (Strong’s or anyone else’s) and accept their definition as being correct. I look for specific word usages, and look for a clear pattern of its meaning in scripture].

And the way that I see the usage of those words, “holy,” “saint,” & “sanctified” is this:

That which is particularly belonging to God for His service, as set apart & separated from/distinguished from, that which is common to the world.

It is God Who made us Christians to be sanctified/holy, (we don’t make ourselves to be sanctified/holy).

Therefore all glory rightfully goes to Him, and we get no credit whatsoever, just as it should be.

Although we do choose to what extent we sanctify our actions & attitudes for God, we must understand that our being holy is a separate action, a gift from God that we can’t generate. We grow in our knowledge of grace as we mature in our faith, but we don’t get more holy as we move along in our life.      For someone to believe in “progressive sanctification,” they would necessarily have to believe that they are holier than another of God’s children.

The fact is, God has made every born again Christian completely heaven-ready from the moment that He justifies someone. To further illustrate what this looks like, consider that the person who got saved just yesterday, is every bit as sanctified as the saint who’s been a Christian for decades. That’s thrilling isn’t it? 

So when you hear someone reference Hebrews 12.14: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”    you should know that “progressive sanctification” isn’t what’s meant by that passage of scripture. That’s referencing the holiness/sanctification that every born again Christian has been given by God so as to make them set apart for His service, (distinguished as God’s special property form what is common in the world). 

Look at scripture:

1 Corinthians 1

2 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

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29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification,and redemption:

31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 6

11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Hebrews 10

9 “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Hebrews 13

12 “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Jude

1 “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

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So I hope that the information that I’ve shared with you has helped you in some way, and I thank you for visiting my site.

All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.

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Here are some additional verses for your consideration:

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1 Thessalonians 5:27

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I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
Hebrews 3:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Psalms 86:2

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Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
1 Thessalonians 5:27

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I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
Hebrews 3:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Acts 9:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context

Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

Romans 8:27

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And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 12:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 15:25 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
Romans 15:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
Romans 15:31 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
Romans 16:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Romans 16:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
1 Corinthians 1:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 6:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1 Corinthians 6:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1 Corinthians 14:33 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 16:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
1 Corinthians 16:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
2 Corinthians 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 Corinthians 8:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
2 Corinthians 9:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
2 Corinthians 9:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
2 Corinthians 13:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
All the saints salute you.
Ephesians 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 1:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Ephesians 1:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 2:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Ephesians 3:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Ephesians 3:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Ephesians 4:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Ephesians 5:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Ephesians 6:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Philippians 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
Philippians 4:22 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.
Colossians 1:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
Colossians 1:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Colossians 1:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
1 Thessalonians 3:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
2 Thessalonians 1:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
1 Timothy 5:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints‘ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
Philemon 1:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
Philemon 1:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
Hebrews 6:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Hebrews 13:24 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
Jude 1:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 1:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Revelation 5:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Revelation 8:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Revelation 8:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Revelation 11:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Revelation 13:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Revelation 13:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Revelation 14:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 15:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Revelation 16:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Revelation 17:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Revelation 18:24 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Revelation 19:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Revelation 20:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.