“I’m not a sinner!”
There is a modern perception that we are not sinners if we – live a decent life, pay our taxes, and show kindness to our neighbours. Do that, and we reckon we are “good”, not “sinners”. We tend to think of them as adulterers, thieves, murderers, and so on.
But we are all sinners, before God. The Bible makes that inescapably clear. Listen to this judgement passed in respect of Jews and non-Jews: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
There are different words used in the Bible for sin; for example, “transgression”. This word refers to something that is a deliberate “crossing over the line” – a wilful disobedience of God’s will, as, for example, Adam and Eve, who chose to do things their way, instead of God’s.Then there’s the word translated “sinned” in the quotation from Romans above. The original Greek word means, as the rest of the verse says, “falling short”. It was the word used when you shot an arrow at a target and, simply through lack of strength or skill you failed to hit it – the arrow literally “falls short”. In other words, that is something wrong which does not happen deliberately, but which occurs through sheer inability, when we are unable to meet the high standard God expects of us.
So, the grave news is that we ARE all sinners, whether deliberately – by an act of will – or simply through our human inability to meet the high standards of thought and behaviour that God expects of us. That could easily lead to despair, if God had made no provision for this happening. But he has made adequate provision – for all types of sin.That has been accomplished through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ – the only man who never sinned. Jesus was righteous and totally obedient to God’s will – he never once deliberately transgressed against God or His commands, and he never failed to meet God’s high standard – he never “missed the mark”.
Because he was perfect, and because, despite sharing our human nature he overcame human weakness and sin, he is a perfect sacrifice for our sins. Consider this Bible teaching, which has such promise and hope for all of us:
“(God) made him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus was our “sin offering” (as one Version translates that verse). He died on our behalf, so that our sins can be covered and so that God can forgive us, and save us, for Christ’s sake. Take the first step in reconciliation with God by acknowledging that you are indeed a sinner. Then find out from the Bible how you can have your sins forgiven and covered, by accepting the sacrifice of Christ as a covering for all your sins.