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07/17/2013

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On Being Saints


"To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ --- their Lord and ours"(1 Cor.1:2).

There is a very important fact about being a Christian that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle that is called sanctification.... From the original Greek, the word means to be set apart for a special purpose. Terms that are synonymous to it are consecration, holiness, and saint. Being sanctified relates to how we act before God and our conduct before Him. The church at Corinth, to whom today's verse was written by the apostle Paul, was made up of people just like you and me. The verse says that they were sanctified in Christ and called to be holy... That in itself is very special, but with this sanctification does not come perfection. As we read the Book of First Corinthians, we see people making big mistakes. Sound familiar? They were flawed as human beings, and at times filled with strife, envy, and even divisions. Don't you find it interesting that people in Christ who, while they may not be perfect, are still called saints... You will find this designation in Rom.1:7, Col.1:1, Phil.1:1. We are called this because we have accepted a life in Jesus and are now different than others and set apart. We are set apart to be God's holy people! The apostle Peter writes: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God" (1 Pet.2:9). We are thus called saints because we have indeed been set apart as God's very special and holy people. I believe that this may be considered our standing before God, as we are blessed to be called His holy people. Now, I'm not sure if I'm ready to call all of my brethren "Saint Bob", or "Saint Debbie," but we do know where the scriptures stand on this. For the next few days, I will dig into this sanctification thing a bit deeper... I hope you look forward to it...

Have a great day..... Be a good sermon... Love mark Phil.4:11

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