I agree God does it! Sometimes, it' him let you see like looking in a mirror you see how pitifull, how bad life has become..you know it yourself, you DO need God, ain't no way out you know yourself! No matter how you were raised or not you know deep dwn you need a saviour, you need a deliverer
Jesus is the way, the truth and the Life! Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 4/16/14|
Amen GOD alone does it.
---Samuelbb7 on 4/3/14|
The answer is God.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.." Ephesians 2:4-6.
We were walking around dead in trespasses and sins, according to the prince and power of the air, by nature children of wrath, just as the others. And because of God's mercy and love, He makes us spiritually alive together with Christ. He saved us by His grace.
---Luke on 3/31/14|
It is simply God that changes a sinner into a saint!
1John3:9 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.
2Cor5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.
Ro8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
---trey on 3/22/14|
Dear Richard, great answers. Remember the rich young ruler who had everything? the only thing he lack was eternal life. Eternal life is mentioned fifty times in Scripture always referring to conversion, evangelism, the new birth. The perfect person to evangelize right? And who does he go to? Jesus. Did Jesus say to him, "receive Me as your Savior"? No. He told him to sell everything and follow Him. What he does is he refuses to sell what he had and follow Christ. Instead of Jesus saying to him, "I receive you for coming to Me" instead Jesus really sent him away.
Think what he could have done for the Lord. If it was so easy to come to Christ and have eternal life by saying a few words, you do not find it here.
---Luke on 3/21/14|
Deuteronomy 4:4 "But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day."
Blessed were those who did as the Lord commanded, who cleaved to his word.
Deuteronomy 4:10 "Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children."
Matthew 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."
---Nana on 3/21/14|
I think it was a typo. I merely copied and pasted the whole thing.
I think it was supposed to say - sinner to saint
---James_L on 3/20/14|
we are changed the moment we accept Christ. we go from a sinner to a sinner saved by grace. there is a song called "I am so glad God saves ol'sinners. so we are just ol sinners saved by the grace of God.
---shira4368 on 3/20/14|
Samuel - on 3/20/14 - Choose to accept -
How can anyone go about choosing or accepting ? For if one say's I accept , That would be by some action a person takes - A act of obedience , This would be a Work , and by no works of righteousness can a person be saved, - Titus 3:5 - And if the things you say are so, then there would be no tares in the churches. For this reason I would have to have the stand point is God conforms the person and that why a believer does good works , But these Works are not what saves the person, It is grace alone,
You also have to content with - John 10:27- 29 - All that are given to Jesus by the Father none of the sheep are lost,
---RichardC on 3/20/14|
All the works JESUS did are what provides the Grace that saves us.
But we can refuse Salvation and we must choose to accept the Gift of eternal life by believing on the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
---Samuelbb7 on 3/20/14|
Lydia, was that a typo or did you really mean to say "
A Sinner is changed into a Sinner"? If so, I'd appreciate an explanation of what has actually changed in the person.
As James L uses the exact same words I'm wondering if I am misunderstanding something here.
---RitaH on 3/20/14|
"A Sinner is changed into a Sinner by accepting Jesus in the heart, asking him for forgiveness, by admitting being a sinner. Then you make Him the lord of your life. And then accept his constitution of the bible to guide you in everyday life."---Lydia on 3/19/14
So no need for Jesus to die or rise again?
No need for a sinner to know about His death?
No need for the Holy Spirit to convict or enlighten?
Do I understand you correctly, that as long as you have done all your marvelous works of self righteousness, that you have made yourself acceptable to God?
---James_L on 3/20/14|
A Sinner is changed into a Sinner by accepting Jesus in the heart, asking him for forgiveness, by admitting being a sinner. Then you make Him the lord of your life. And then accept his constitution of the bible to guide you in everyday life. Thus a paradigm shift from a prostitute to woman in ministry.E.g Mary Magdalene.
---Lydia on 3/19/14|
Except for the side issues brought up. I find a lot of agreement especially you Luke.
All who are christians are made saints by the HOLY SPRIT and CHRIST in us.
---Samuelbb7 on 3/19/14|
Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
---RichardC on 3/19/14|
The call in Hebrews 12:12_14 to action agrees with that of Leviticus 20:7 and verses before and after, "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God."
God makes it clear that he who He santifies is he who walks after holiness as Paul also says, Leviticus 20:8 "And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you."
Christ instructed the multidudes to follow in God's ways, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.", (Matthew 5:48).
Matthew 7:28_29 and Matthew 8:1 are the culmination of the Sermon on the Mount.
Luke, you are Mark_V. and I have no interest in your pit of believers vs unbelievers.
---Nana on 3/16/14|
Ans: Christ in you. There is no process to becoming a saint or holy. Once saved, you ARE a saint, and holy. Why, because it is Christ in you that qualifies only.
Now that we are saints and holy we mature and grow up into the fullness and stature of Christ.
We have been sanctified once and for all through the body of Christ.
---kathr4453 on 3/16/14|
//Holiness? The process of becoming a saint and holy is known as sanctification. Paul addresses this, Hebrews 12:12_14://
This answer is correct. Which really means that all believers only are saints since they only are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit to become more Christ like.
---Luke on 3/16/14|
Nana - YOU asked me why I keep bringing up this issue. I THOUGHT that I was reponding to that but I was obviously mistaken. I leave the subject where it is now and leave you all discuss this between yourselves anyway you choose.
---Rita_H on 3/15/14|
After addressing me you added, "This is NOT referring to a select group of people now in Heaven, sending blessings down to earth (as at least one church teaches)."
Just want to be clear as to why you mention that to me since I have not said anything about no one "now in Heaven, sending blessings down to earth" and no one else on this blog appears to have done so either.
Where is your problem?
---Nana on 3/15/14|
How about we all go back and read Nana's post which clearly states "saints does NOT refer to dead people". Somewhere along the line the word "NOT" has been overlooked and Nana is believed to have said saints ARE dead people....but she actually said "ARE NOT DEAD PEOPLE".
---barb on 3/15/14|
Nana when you ask "Why do I bring this here" I guess you mean to this specific blog. This is why:-
a). Either I clicked on a wrong heading in error or
b). It is because of input from others which I have continued (joined in with) see below:-
Willie C 11/11/13
All are discussing saints. Where is your problem?
All blogs change somewhat along the way, this one is no different.
---Rita_H on 3/15/14|
"This is NOT referring to a select group of people now in Heaven, sending blessings down to earth (as at least one church teaches)."
Rita_H on 3/15/14
"Sadly, down the ages, saints have been depicted differently and now the word is usually used to refer to someone who is now dead (and usually depicted as having the power to forgive or to send help or guidance)."
Rita_H on 3/14/14
Why do you keep bringing this issue here?
---Nana on 3/15/14|
Nana I have read Hebrews 12.It tells us about God's discipline and how our sin (as believers) is dealt with so that we become pure. Every sin, seen in us by non-believers, harms our witness. Others need to see this 'holiness' in us so that they can 'see the Lord' through us.
This is NOT referring to a select group of people now in Heaven, sending blessings down to earth (as at least one church teaches).
The word 'saint' is used in many places in the New Testament to refer to the true believers in the various churches being built up. It states "the saints in Ephesus" etc.
The word 'saint' has been hi-jacked and misused for centuries and now confuses millions of people worldwide.
---Rita_H on 3/15/14|
Rita, you are so right. A saint is a believer and has nothing to do with any other way. Only one way and that is thru Jesus Christ.
---shira4368 on 3/14/14|
Holiness? The process of becoming a saint and holy is known as sanctification. Paul addresses this, Hebrews 12:12_14: "Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:..."
Advice directed at women, Titus 2:3 "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things,..."
This advice is so important that Paul implies that not fulfilling it will cause the word of God to be blasphemed. (Titus 2:5).
---Nana on 3/14/14|
The biblical meaning of the word 'saint' is 'believer'. Once someone has confessed their sinful nature to God (accepted their need of Salvation and that Christ is the one who can give us that gift, because it was He who died in our place - taking our punishment, and thanked Him for that) that person is now a 'saint'.
Sadly, down the ages, saints have been depicted differently and now the word is usually used to refer to someone who is now dead (and usually depicted as having the power to forgive or to send help or guidance). Only God can do that so we must not refer to any dead people as being saints unless we just mean that they were saved.
---Rita_H on 3/14/14|
"As used by the apostolic authors of scripture, saint did not refer to deceased persons who have been granted sainthood, but rather to living persons who had dedicated themselves to God.
A saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness."
John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
John 17:8 "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me."
Who is sanctified? Whomever receives the word, keep and live by it. John 6:45 "..., And they shall be all taught of God..."
---Nana on 3/14/14|
The Truth in the word of God (Jesus) changes us from sinners and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. "Sanctify them thru thy truth, thy word is truth." John 17:17. 1st John 1:1-10.
---barb on 3/14/14|
//What changes a sinner into a saint?//
"Who, not what, changes a sinner into a saint?"
The answer is God.
"Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one" Job 14:4.
"Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil" Jeremiah 13:23.
"Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins" Ecclesiastes 7:20.
"Enter not into judgment with they servant, for no man living is righteous before Thee" Psalm 143:2.
---Luke on 3/14/14|
John 15:3 "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."
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 10:22 "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."
---Nana on 3/12/14|
\\What about the scriptures that say we are washed by the word or we are to renew our mind daily,\\
There is no such scripture that says "washed by the word" anywhere in the NT.
Try again, Bryan (or is it BRYAN?).
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/11/14|
bryan, the Word is Jesus Christ. in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. all matthew talks about the Word. as a matter of fact both the old and new tesiments has much to say about the word. I can't remember where the passage is found that I wrote in the beginning of this post.
---shira4368 on 12/13/13|
Bryan, do you teach others to do what you do? you had said:
"satan knows if he can stop that gift he can stop us. That gift builds you up so you can do the will of God all the time. Jude 1,20, yet,
(jude 20) is not speaking of the gift of tongues. Don't you realize when you misinterpret a passage by adding to it, you are doing the will of Satan? He wants everyone to be confused, and you are helping him. Here is the passage,
""But you, beloved, building yourselves up on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit"
The believers are building themselves up on their holy faith, when they pray in the Holy Spirit. Says nothing about the gift of tongues.
Do you teach others to do what you do?
---Mark_V. on 12/9/13|
-christan Is Jesus the word of God? Do you have him in you? What parts of him do you believe and what parts of him do refuse to believe? The parts you refuse to believe that is sin. Do you teach other to do the same?
---BRYAN on 12/8/13|
Matthew 6:20_21 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
1 Corinthians 6:18 "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body."
In both cases Jesus and Paul addressed the individual with things that they must do. Apparently God is not going to do them for you.
The SPRINKLE, GIVE YOU, WILL PUT and CAUSE YOU were given to whom? Not to you, wild olive. Even not all today have gotten it.
Why? Romans 11:23
God requires, Micah 6:8.
---Nana on 12/8/13|
"You choose not God, he just gives you the tools you choose weather to build his life in you or not." BRYAN
You seriously think it's up to you how you can be cleanse by "using the tools"? The Word contradicts your understanding,
"Then will I SPRINKLE CLEAN WATER UPON YOU, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, WILL I CLEANSE YOU.
A new heart also WILL I GIVE YOU, and a new spirit WILL I PUT WITHIN YOU: and I WILL TAKE AWAY THE STONY HEART OUT OF YOUR FLESH, and I WILL GIVE YOU AN HEART OF FLESH.
And I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, and CAUSE YOU to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Ezekiel 36:24-27
---christan on 12/7/13|
What about the scriptures that say we are washed by the word or we are to renew our mind daily, So who get's the sin out of your life? Yes you can be born again and can still die on earth of sin. Gods word produces life or dead, only your faith will drive it in which direction? You choose not God, he just gives you the tools you choose weather to build his life in you or not. "Mark 4" The parable of the sower. What do you use the word of God to produce in your life?
---BRYAN on 12/7/13|
Isaiah 1:16 "Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil,
Learn to do well, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow."
Matthew 4:17 "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
The message is and always has been, the admonition to people to mantain or to change their ways.
Was Jesus casting a spell when he stated, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."?
In other words, was he making them to or asking them to?
---Nana on 12/6/13|
Bryan: What changes a sinner? A. James told us the word of God is like a mirror James 1:23. When the sinner hears the word of God & understands it, he/she is like looking into the mirror and thereby recognizes the sins in his/her life. Next, he/she moves to change from being sinful to being obedient to God, just like we correct anything unpleasant on our body while we are looking into the mirror.
---Adetunji on 12/5/13|
Pt.1 In thought,on this
.I knew as a child upon hear the gospel, I remember THINKING,wow! how "useless"Jer17:7 Jer17:9
selfishness rebellion ignorance..then came unforgiveness bitterness all these very bad but, the human condition- Came into my mind when my grandmother taught me, I knew at that young age.. how awfull we are, I always wanted to be the 1st if we kids play a game, I wanted all the food first.. Yes! at about 6 yrs.old I knew we are NO good unless we get saved. I had never still been to a church, but I knew and understood..
---Lidia4796 on 12/4/13|
It's the New Creature in Christ that becomes the Saint. The sinner died with Christ.
Our old nature never changes, that is why it is crucified with Christ and raised up together with Him a NEW CREATURE created in Holiness.
The Change is when the New Man Grows, as Paul states concerning our old man, "I die daily"...or PUT OFF the Old man and PUT ON the New.
---kathr4453 on 11/21/13|
The grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 6: 24 says it all for me. This summed everything up. Matthew 6: 24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. This is concerning money, but anything can be an idol. Anything between ourselves and Almighty God is an idol. God requires full submission. That was the key difference for me and when I was truly saved. I tried many times in life going to church reading the bible but not truly changing. God wants all of us.
---Matthew on 11/20/13|
I can only speak for myself, it was so evident to me... how my life,my mind so messed up, when I realize how God had(still) mercy,he could have let me die no road to go but,to HELL!!!
When I think about the love,mercy,grace of God.. it chokes me up!
I have witness someone make "lite" of it,but when you sit and think how God gave His only Son to take on all the horrible nasty ugly sin and give him as an atonement for us! It's mind boggle we can not fanthom the idea..
Awesome God.. thankyou Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 11/18/13|
Love - genuine love (as in the verb form).
---Steveng on 11/16/13|
The Lord God changes sinners into saints. They are still sinners, but they are also saints due to the grace of God.
Eze11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
1Cor6:11 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.
---trey on 11/16/13|
Bryan, there is no unsaved individual who changes himself from a sinner to a saint. All the unsaved want nothing to do with Christ. They are dead to God. Spiritually dead. Heading to hell, condemned already without hope. They will hear the gospel and always reject it. Paul tells us,
"..even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God" (1 Cor. 2:11,12).
Without the Spirit we remain separated from God and all things that are freely given.
---Mark_V. on 11/16/13|
Bryan, the answer is God. He changes the individuals He brings to spiritual life. He puts in them a new heart to perceive, eyes to see and ears to hear. Grants both faith and repentance unto life to them.
It's all the work of God.
---Mark_V. on 11/14/13|
Paul writes to "the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 1:1). Later, he talks about "we who first trusted in Christ", (Ephesians 1:12). So, I consider that a saint is one who has first trusted in Jesus.
And then, in Jesus Christ's love we become perfected in love, so that "as He is, so are we in this world," which John says in 1 John 4:17.
So, trusting in Jesus makes a person become a saint. And then our Father corrects the person "in this world" . . . to become "as He is" . . . because of how His love "in our hearts" (Romans 5:5) changes us (c: So, this is what we trust Jesus for.
There are religions witch have failed to do this.
---willie_c: on 11/11/13|
Conviction of & repentance from being a sinner, & then saving grace thru salvation in Jesus Christ.
---Leon on 11/10/13|
The Holy Spirit.
And He has all eternity to work on us if we let Him.
Or is this going to be another series of 125 word sermons?
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/10/13|
"What changes a sinner into a saint?" Grace.
---josef on 11/10/13|