The bible is very clear about who we are and where we are going. Our ultimate destination depends on what we have done with Jesus. John clearly states
… surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. 1 John 5:9-12. See also John 3:36; 5:24; 6:47; 6:54; 1 John 2:25.
Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There are no exceptions. We all inherited the taint of sin from Adam and there is only one way to fix this situation. The bible is very clear about how this is achieved. It is the blood of Jesus and no other way or means will ever work. See Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:8.
Under Levitical Law, an animal had to be regularly offered as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the people. That word atonement means to cover. In the New Testament however this word really does not exist. Hebrews 10 says something very interesting-
The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. Since that old "law plan" wasn't complete in itself, it couldn't complete those who followed it. No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution. If they had, the worshipers would have gone merrily on their way, no longer dragged down by their sins.But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened awareness and guilt.The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can't get rid of sin.That is what is meant by this prophecy, put in the mouth of Christ: You don't want sacrifices and offerings year after year; you've prepared a body for me for a sacrifice. Hebrews 10:1-5.
Atonement, as we understand it, could never eradicate sin. It merely temporarily covered it, only for sin to continually resurface resurface.
Jesus’ sacrifice did not merely make atonement for sin. It remitted sin. That means that it did away with sin completely! When we receive Jesus as savior, that sin principle (the thing that makes us commit sin) is obliterated forever.
We preachers should major on righteousness, not sin.
Have you heard the statement, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace?” It sounds spiritual but it is wrong! You can't be both! The truth is that you were a sinner before, but got saved! Either we are saved or we are not and when we become a born-again child of God we undergo a transformation. Paul explained-
At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
The Greek language likens this transformation to one an ugly grub undergoes when it turns into a chrysalis thenemerges as a beautiful butterfly.
You are a saint! God Himself declares you to be a saint. You do not need authorization, approval or declaration by man to make you one. You are one! To say otherwise s calling God a liar!
Sixty-one times in the New Testament, God calls believers saints, scattered everywhere on the earth. Paul wrote to one group as follows-
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:2-3
In closing I add-
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you.The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14