“I am a saint”
Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God to the saints who are in Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:1)
Believers in Jesus Christ are referred to as saints throughout the NT, so what exactly is a “saint”?
The word saint is #40 in the AMG’s Annotated Strong’s Dictionary and says these beautiful things for what being a saint means…….”pure, upright, blameless in heart and life, virtuous, holy, those who have been purified and justified through Christ Jesus.”
Continuing on in Ephesians 1 we hear Paul encouraging the saints (his brothers and sisters in Christ)
For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:15-21)
Notice in these verses and as we journey through the New Testament, the minute we accept the Lord Jesus Christ we become a saint, and are from then out referred to by our new identity in Jesus as child, heir, saint, holy, righteous, and so on….
and as one of my mentors, Dan Camp says “we are not sinners by identity any more, we are saints who occasionally sin, not sinners saved by the Grace of God. We WERE sinners, but not ever again based on who we are in Christ.”
Can’t be pure and dirty at the same time….and if we died and are raised with Christ and our identity comes from Him, I don’t desire to call myself anything negative again.