When the Saints Go Marching In [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — September 04, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
Every Christian is a “saint.”
Today’s Text: “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:” (1 Corinthians 1:2, ESV)
Paul’s favorite term of address for Christians was “saints.” It’s a Greek word that means, literally, “holy ones.” He not only addressed the Philippians, the Ephesians and the Colossians as “saints,” but also the Corinthians.
The Corinthians? Saints?! The early Christians at Corinth were a mess. Paul had to rebuke their sexual immorality, their pride, and even their excess in their use of spiritual gifts. How could people with so many problems still be saints?
The same way you and I can be.
If you are in Christ, you’re a “holy one.” You’re a “saint.” A saint isn’t what modern church mentalities have labeled it. To be a saint doesn’t mean to be more spiritually impressive than others. It doesn’t mean that you are more virtuous than others. To be a “holy one” of God simply means that you have been set apart to God.
When God calls you a saint, it isn’t because He is ignorant of your flaws. God calls you a saint because that’s who you are – it is your truest identity. God sees you through the shed blood of Christ with His own eyes of faith and calls you what you have become in Christ long before it is fully manifest in your life.
God called Abraham a father years before the sojourner had any children.
God called Moses a deliverer while the murderer/fugitive was still begging God to send someone else to Pharaoh.
God called Gideon a mighty man of valor while the coward was still shaking in his sandals in the wine press for fear of the Midianites.
God called Simon a “rock” even though Peter was going to deny Jesus three times.
When you accept Christ, God sees you as holy and He wants you to see yourself that way. The more you accept your truest identity as a saint, the more your life will be filled with holy living. Despite whatever problems, flaws, and regrets you might have—to God, you are a saint. And that’s the Gospel!