Of course, we recognize that the sin principle is still extant in the world, and that we all, based upon our own worth, cannot be accounted righteous. Understanding that, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Certainly, then, we deceive ourselves if we confessed that we have not sinned, as the writer in I John I:8, 10 assures. John is writing to exhort us regarding our abode in our new nature, cautioning in 2:1, that, “we sin not”. Furthermore, he goes on to admit in 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”.
John is, in fact, laying out the remedy for being accounted a sinner. That is, sinners are all who have not believed and put their trust in the blood shedding, salvation work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Moreover, it is evident that Paul in I Timothy 1:15 is referring to his past life, declaring himself chief among sinners, since we know at the time of this writing he is confessing the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (I Corinthians 1:30, Philippians 3:9, Galatians 2:21).
Children of God, we must know that our legal standing of righteousness is secure, firmly established upon the new birth obtained through faith in the efficacy of the blood of Jesus. Paul goes on to say, Romans 6:2, “…How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein”. The important thing for the believers concern is that we not shun the responsibility of continuing to trust God who keeps us from “committing sins”, using as a cloak our legal standing of righteousness in Christ. Neither should we fall back on “sinners saved by grace” as a free pass that inhibits or restricts our ” going on unto perfection” (Hebrews 6:1).
L. Jerome Jones