I opened my bible this morning at Philippians and reading verse 1 it reminded me of a conversation I had with a brother and sister in Christ the other night.
We were talking about the truth that as born again believers we are saints.
Paul calls the believers saints on a number of occasions as he writes to them; see the start of Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.
The word for saint, hagios, means sacred, holy, consecrated and talks about being the “called out ones”.
This talks about the state of being of a person, what they are, rather than what they do.
Being a saint (or a sinner, as this is a black and white issue, you are one or the other) has nothing to do with your actions.
Yes, as a saint, we should be doing “saintly” or Godly actions, but that is not what makes you a saint.
You are a saint because you are in Christ Jesus (Philippians 1 v 1).
As humans we were born as sinners, that was our state of being.
When we trusted in Jesus Christ as our Saviour we were born again in our spirit, and that new spirit was created in righteousness and true holiness, or as a saint (Ephesians 4 v 24).
Your true state of being was made holy, and at that point you were made a saint; nothing to do with your actions other than putting your faith in Jesus.
Now as a saint we can still do sinful acts (due to our lack on mind renewal), just as when you were a sinner you could do some good and Godly acts.
Godly acts of a sinner do not make them a saint, so the ungodly acts of a saint do not make them a sinner.
Tell your selves this morning, no matter what you are doing, that if you believe in Jesus Christ and His finished work then you are a saint.
As a man thinketh in his hearts so is he, is what the Word says.
If you think you are a saint you are more likely to have saintly actions.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a born again believer I am a saint”.
Philippians 1 v 1…..Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons