Redeemed in Christ v. The World: What’s the difference?
We’re all sinners (Romans 3:23), before and subsequent salvation; difference being, the redeemed in Christ receive the imputed righteousness of Jesus over their lives by covenant promise and are declared “not guilty” (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:12) NOT based on human behavior but on the perfection of Jesus Christ. Also, the redeemed in Jesus inherit a new-nature, the “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17), that “naturally” abhors sin, why?
The new creation in Christ abhors sin because sin offends the Father whom we love and adore in Jesus Christ and sin grieves the Holy Spirit within the redeemed as He is given as Guarantor of covenant relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16); therefore, the redeemed CANNOT willfully walk in disobedience to the Father’s will as their spirit is continually grieved, their intimacy with our Lord is fractured, life becomes absolutely MISERABLE; therefore, the redeemed, though the sin-nature remains in the decaying flesh (Romans 7:14-25), desire to walk faithfully by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) who guides, teaches, sanctifies, supports, motivates, anoints, the child of God daily via the conscience and in this there is unfathomable, eternal, PEACE (Matthew 11:28).
With that said, if one “claims” to name the Name of Jesus Christ as their Lord yet they are capable of walking in repeated, unrepentant, disobedience void conscience, there is every reason to believe their confession was not genuine, their relationship with the Father not established, as Jesus told us that you would know them by their fruit or the way they behave (Matthew 7:15-20).
Christian’s are not perfect people as they are enveloped by a body of sinful, decaying, flesh what wars against the new nature given them by faith in Jesus as Lord, but the Christian is NOT the worldly person they were prior to redemption by faith as they are a new creation in Jesus and their heart’s desire is to please our Lord in mind, body and spirit, daily and throughout Eternity.