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What do people mean when by the term “sinner saved by grace”?

The term “sinners saved by grace” can mean several different things:

1. I was once by nature a sinner, but then I was saved by the grace of God, and I am now by nature a saint.
2. I am saved by the grace of God, and I am now by nature a saint, but I still sin sometimes.
3. Although I am saved by the grace of God, I am still by nature a sinner.

We believe that the third version is wrong, because God’s salvation makes us into a new creation, so that we are no longer sinners by nature. However, we do still sin sometimes.

So, when someone says “I’m a sinner saved by grace,” talk to them about what that means to them. If they are glorying in the grace of God for rescuing them from a sinful past, that’s great. But if they are struggling with the belief that they are still sinners by nature, and can’t help but sin, they need to understand that in Christ they are a new creation, and that the old sin nature is dead. Sin still dwells in their members, but it is not who they are at the core.