You would be hard pressed to find a Christian who has not heard, “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” It is truth. It is biblical. But it’s not the WHOLE TRUTH.
Yes, we have all sinned but we have all been justified through the shedding of His blood.
Yes, we have all fallen short but we have all been made right with God when we believe in Jesus Christ.
Yes, we have all sinned but we have all been freed from the penalty of sin when we have faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
Let us stop boasting and glorifying in our failure but let us boast and glorify in His victory. The first part of that story points to me, the second part points to Him. Let us tell the whole truth and nothing but the whole truth:
“I was a sinner but I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. I sometimes mess up but I am always right with God because I believe in Jesus. I sometimes fall but I am free from the penalty of sin because of the atoning work of Jesus on the cross.” That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
Now if this post has made you uncomfortable, challenged your theology I encourage you to read Romans 3 in your favorite translation and ask God to speak to you. Here is an excerpt from NLT.
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past. There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.”
Romans 3:22-25, 30 NLT