“For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. – 2Corinthians 5:21
Jesus didn’t die to make us sinners; we’re His holy and sanctified ones; born with His nature of righteousness. The opening scripture shows us the reason He died and was made sin: “That we might be made the righteousness of God in Him…”Praise God!
The sinner is not just someone who has committed sin. For example, the fact that someone lied doesn’t make him a liar; he only becomes a liar when it’s his nature to tell lies. The fact that a man barked like a dog doesn’t make him a dog. In the same way, though it’s wrong to sin, you can’t call a man a sinner just because he sinned. One can only be a sinner by nature, because sin is a nature.
Sin is the nature of the devil which is passed to every man that’s born into this world. It’s beyond the mere acts of lying, stealing, fornication, etc, that people are familiar with. The nature of sin is responsible for all the sickness, corruption, decay, and death that exist in the world today. Thus, for someone to be called a sinner means such a person has the evil and destructive nature of sin functioning in him.
What’s the cure for that? Righteousness! For the one who is born again, the nature of sin with which he has borne by his biological parents has been supplanted with the nature of God that produces righteousness. He can no longer be called a sinner even if he does something wrong. All he needs for doing anything wrong is to ask and receive forgiveness from the Father. What the sinner needs is the new nature, which is only occurs when he makes Jesus Christ Lord of his life.
3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God…5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.–1John 3:9; 5:18
As you grow in Christ and learn to live in the Word, you become perfected in your walk in righteousness. It’s like a baby who is learning to walk and then stumbles and falls; would that in any sense suggest that the baby isn’t human, since every human person is supposed to be able to walk normally? Of course not! That baby is as human as the adult who can walk and run perfectly without stumbling. In the same way, a Christian who does something wrong is still as righteous as the one who never committed any sin. Therefore don’t let anyone call you a sinner, for you’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior! When He died, I died; when He was buried, I was buried with Him; now that He’s risen, I’ve been raised together with Him the resurrection life that is sin, sickness, death, and disease-proof! I’m an ordained saint of God, with the life of God and His nature of righteousness! Hallelujah!
Further Study: 1John 3:9; 2Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:2-6