Philippians 4:20-23- Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
- In today’s age a saint is someone who has done something spectacular or is someone who is held in high esteem. This is not what scripture says.
What does it mean to be a saint?
First, according to scripture a saint is anyone who has put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
- Paul uses the word saint 40 times in his writings.
Philippians 1:1- Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.
- Are you in Christ Jesus? Have you accepted Christ as your personal savior?
- If so you are a saint of God today.
Secondly, a saint is someone who has been set apart from sin and set apart unto holiness.
- The word saint means set apart or sanctified.
- Set apart from darkness and set apart to light.
- Are you living like a saint? Holy and set apart from the world?
I Thessalonians 4:3a- For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,
I Thessalonians 4:7- For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
- You know how to live as a saint by reading, studying, learning and growing from scripture.
- Paul was telling the listeners to live like Christ and not bring shame to the name of Jesus.
- Don’t forget you are a Christian or a saint.
Thirdly, we should be focused of bringing glory to God. VS 20
VS 20- Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
- Verse 20 is a doxology, praise and emotion ascribed to God. A response to who God is and what he has done for us.
- In Christ we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Glory should be given to God for ever and ever.
- Now that we are saints, our lives should be all about praising God.
Fourthly, Saints are meant to be together. VS 21
VS 21- Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
- As a saint we are to be identified with other saints.
- Where are the saints? We are in local churches.
Romans 1:7a- To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
II Corinthians 1:1- Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
Ephesians 1:1- Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Colossians 1:2- To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Saints are supposed to come together as a local church.
- We need each other. We are a body of saints that should care for each other.
Lastly, we are saints only because of God’s grace. VS 23
VS 23- The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
I Corinthians 15:10a- But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;
- It’s not what we have done, but what Christ has done in us.
- This book begins and ends with the grace of God.
- Where would you be without the grace of God?
- Are you a saint? Are you living like a saint?
Do you know Christ as your Savior? Do you know for sure you are going to heaven when you die? You can know for sure you are going to heaven and that your sins are forgiven!
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