Lost & Found According to the Gospel: Saints, Sinners, and Surveys From the Perspective of Lutheran Theology
So from baptism, to the preached gospel, to the Lord's Supper, sinners are killed and saints are raised to new life in Christ.
Is the believer in Christ a saint or a sinner?
On the one hand, Paul calls the redeemed in Christ "saints" in several of his epistles: "All the saints salute you" (2 Cor. 13:13). Christ alone is the Holy One who can share his righteousness with his church by giving his life into death for her sins and taking it up again for her justification. Martin Luther comments on the name "saint" in 2 Corinthians 13:13, "Here [Paul] plainly calls all Christians by their name: 'saints.' So, when Christendom began, the custom of calling ...