Noah got drunk; Abraham lied to protect himself; Jacob was a supplanter; Rachel was an idolater; Samson was a womanizer; Rahab was a prostitute; David was an adulterer and a murderer; Jonah was a renegade and angry man; Peter denied Christ; The disciples all abandoned Christ; Martha worried about everything; the Samaritan woman suffered many failed marriages, Paul was a lost religious fundamentalist.
Yet, other than these all sharing the same sin nature, they all shared the same saving grace of God- chosen by eternal grace, Eph. 1:4,5; redeemed and justified by the blood and righteousness of Christ, Eph. 1:7; and set apart by the Spirit of God as SAINTS, 1 Cor. 1:2, God having imputed to their account the very righteousness of Christ, as He did for every one of the elect when Christ died, 2 Cor. 5:21. These all died in the faith, having Christ and his effectual sin-bearing sacrifice, that He would come and accomplish, as their only hope and righteousness, Hebrews 11:13. God was forbearing with their sin, not imputing it to their account, in view of paying their debt when Christ would come and put it away. “Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God,” Rom 3:25. Now, at one time, in one place, in one sacrifice, by one obedience, ALL those sinners whom the Father gave to the Son from eternity stand justified upon completion of His death at the cross, Romans 5:9-11.
It is for sinners that Christ died. Our Lord declared, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance,” Mark 2:17. This is GOOD NEWS indeed to poor sinners!