I Am A Saint

“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.

I am a citizen of heaven and seated in heaven right now.

I am a citizen of heaven and seated in heaven right now.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20)

The life of a Christian is in heaven, the minute we are justified through salvation we become dead to ourselves and alive in Christ, new life in Christ is brought forth….so how does this work exactly?

Look at it this way, currently all those in Christ have dual residency so to speak, as does Jesus….how is that you may ask? Well if Christ is seated in heaven interceding on our behalf to the Father and has also sent His Spirit to dwell in us, then He too is living in two places at once.

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [a]saints, and are of God’s household,” (Ephesians 2:19)

This is why through out scripture once we are saved we are encouraged to do things like…….

Be Heaven Minded

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.] Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

Okay you might say, so what are we still waiting for then?

I’ll sum it up with one more scripture, we are waiting for this….

“looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:13)

We are awaiting His triumphant return, where satan no loner has power and Christ takes His rightful place as King and ruler of this world.

Passages on my Mind

This passage really jumped out at me today…..

“And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.

But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

But what does the Scripture say? ” CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.”

So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4:28-31‬ ‭

I see the correlation of Hagar and Ishmael with Sarah and Issac mirroring those still in Adam that have rejected Jesus with God’s children those reborn through Jesus Christ….over and over again in God’s word we see this distinguishing of two different teams so to speak, as early as the account of Cain and Able and then Seth being sent as the “redeeming child” in Ruth we see Moabite joined with Kinsmen redeemer Boaz, giving birth to Obed redeeming Naomi….and in Esther, Jewish girl marrying a Persian King which brings long awaited freedom to the Hebrews in its outcome, and the distraction of an evil conspiracy….in the NT the obvious and most important one Jesus coming and dying then rising again in complete victory over darkness, death and Satan, the grave lost its power and a way was made to make children right with their Papa!

And even in the to come part of things we see this divine separation of sheep and goats…….

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:31-33‬ ‭…….

What is the purpose in all this? I believe to show us over and over that those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are set apart for Him, become distinct part of an eternal family….look at this next verse….

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:34‬ ‭

This is what I mean when I say we can learn so much from the whole Bible OT and NT because He shows us these same truths through out…..and I don’t know bout you but repetition helps me ground it in.

Another thing I keep seeing as I just thought about the wheat and the chaff analogy…..

“”As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭3:11-12‬ ‭

Another repetitive appeared……nothing can separate God’s kids from Him……not thorny weeds, the Hamans or Hagars, Herods, Jezebels of this world, not the goats, or anti christs……truly we can see over and over….

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37-39‬ ‭

God’s Mercy

My mind became fixated today, stuck remembering what it couldn’t bear to see. Things done to me as a child that I couldn’t stop or understand. Then in an instant my mind kept saying Isaiah 43 over and over again, I just looked it up and saw the underlined verses helping me…….

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

“Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. “Do not fear, for I am with you.

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1b-2, 4-5‬a

When I Die

People describe in many different ways what they think it will be like when they die. Some even wrote songs about dancing on streets of gold beside crystal seas and others speak of only being able to imagine what they will think, do and feel…….the more I’ve wondered, read, prayed and dreamt the more I remember “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” for me that’s immediately jaw dropping it brings a sense of awe knowing I’ll be in His presence, experiencing His love in a way I hadn’t comprehend before, staring in wonder, beholding Who I’ve had faith in for so long, and never actually seen in this way. He who has sheltered and protected me, kept His promises concerning me, provided and strengthened me is the same one I believe I will melt before in wonder of His love.

Raw and Real

I often feel like I’m a nuisance to the world and it would be better off without me. It’s not that I don’t love the people in it, my children, friends and such it’s simply an inability to grasp my purpose or meaning in life. Yes I know it’s to glorify God and be a light that shows the love of Jesus through me. I’m not negating that one bit….I won’t say life has been hard or easy, I recall more sad than happy, I feel that I’m inadequate when it comes to socialization and well most things. I’ve hadn’t known stability, or closeness to people until recently and it frightens and delights me all at once. Guessing all of this is okay, and giggle even now betting God uses me currently and I don’t even know it or something along those lines….at least I hope it’s so.