There are many things that give us our identity as Christians and they can all be found in Scripture! The joy of knowing our identity in Christ can be carried around in our pockets nowadays. At the tap of a finger, you can open The Bible app and remind yourself of who you are in Christ. In case you missed my previous posts on “Who Am I?”, here are the links:
- Who Am I? I Am Accepted in Christ
- Who Am I? I Am God’s Child
- Who Am I? I Am Christ’s Friend
- Who Am I? I Am Justified in Christ
- Who Am I? I Am United With Christ
- Who Am I? I Have Been Bought with a Price and Belong to God
- Who Am I? I Am a Member of Christ’s Body
Look at that! I wasn’t lazy today and posted all the links for you!
Anyways, today I want to cover an important part of who we are in Christ. Today, I want to remind us or maybe for some of you, inform you that you are a saint if you are in Christ (GASP!). Sorry, Catholic friends, but the sainthood is not limited to really good people or to a small group of dead Christians. It is a title that rightly belongs to any person who has been washed by the blood of Jesus. It is a title graciously given to you from the merit of Christ. Are you saved? Well, then you are a saint!
Are you saved? Well, then you are a saint! Are you continuing to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ? Well, then you are a saint! If you have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ this title befits you. You didn’t earn it by doing good things, for no one is good; no not one (Romans 3:10-12)! Christ’s work earned it for you.
Let me illustrate why I can say that all believers are saints from the Good Book itself.
Ephesians 1:1 (ESV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus
1 Corinthians 1:2 (ESV)
2 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
Jude 3 (ESV)
3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
So, this helps clear up who are saints and who are not. If you are in Christ, having been called and redeemed by his blood, you are no longer called a sinner, but a saint! If we were to perform an impromptu survey in a couple of local churches in America on this subject we might ask, “How many perceive themselves as a sinner saved by grace?” most everyone would circle that they do perceive themselves that way. Then if we asked, “How many perceive themselves as saints?” few would circle that they viewed themselves that way. Which statement is the most biblically accurate statement of who you are as a Christian? Based on what Paul and Jude write above I would have to say that in Christ we are saints.
The Greek word for saint is ἅγιος, which means, in its simplest definition, holy or holy ones. Sure, we may not seem holy, but by the merit of Christ, you really are holy! Remember, you are justified in Christ! You have been declared righteous, blameless, guiltless, before the Holy God in Christ! Christ has taken your dirty rags that you were wearing and replaced them with his brilliantly white, spotless, glorious robes. Neat huh?
Pretty neat huh!?!
The work of atonement in changing sinners to saints was Jesus’ greatest accomplishment on earth, an interchange that occurs at the moment of salvation. – Neil T. Anderson
No need to deem other Christians more holier than thou when all have been washed in the same fountain of redemption!