Read Philippians 1:1-2
From this first verse, we see three groups of people that are in all New Testament churches—saints (all believers), elders/overseers, and deacons. At Emmanuel, we have elders, deacons, and members (saints).
If you are a Christian, do you think of yourself as a “saint”? I thought saints were super spiritual people like Mother Theresa or Billy Graham who have done some major things for God and will have a special place in heaven that the average Joe believer will never attain?
There’s a Greek word for that kind of thinking. It is called “BALONEY”!!
If you are a Christian, God has called you out of darkness into His wonderful light and has made you a saint.
As a saint, that means you and I have a new identity in Christ. We are not defined by our sin but as those who have been rescued out of this bondage to sin and are now adopted into God’s family as His precious and holy children.
Sometimes I hear well-meaning Christians say this: “I’m just a poor sinner saved by grace.” And yes, to an extent that is true. You were once a poor, miserable lost spiritually bankrupt sinner who has been saved by grace. But that is who you were! Now you can say with confidence, “I’m a saint who just happens to sin from time to time but that does not define me.”
Read Romans 6:6
Our old life was crucified with Christ and now we are no longer under the bondage and dominion of sin, but we are a new creation in Christ as a saint. A holy one set apart for God’s purposes and for His glory.
Now before we all get an inflated ego and think that we’re “all that” because God has made us a saint, let’s read in Deuteronomy why God chose to save us.
Read Deuteronomy 7:6-8
Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
As you begin this journey in Philippians, we need to remember our identity. We are saints saved by God’s grace and we have been given the wonderful privilege of being a child of God. God in His mercy and power has set us apart as His own. We are a saint. A set apart one and with that privilege comes great responsibility.
Spend some time this morning praising God for setting you apart and making you a saint.
Dear Gracious Father,
There was nothing good in me that made you choose me or set your love upon me and make me a saint. I was a sinner and rebellious against you and living in darkness. Yet in your amazing grace, you reach down into my depravity and pulled me into your kingdom of light and made me a saint. I am totally blown away by your mercy! All I can do is fall to my knees and thank you for doing such a great work. I praise You today for making me a saint, when all I deserve is eternal wrath. You are so good to me!
In Jesus Name,