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Called to be WHAT?!!

In his introductory remarks to the church in Rome, the Apostle Paul made an observation that too many times we skim right over as we read:

“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7).

Called to be saints. Have you ever stopped to think about what this implies?

“Saints” is about the farthest thing possible from how the Bible describes humanity in its fallen condition. Look around you at the filth that pervades our world…the violence…the bitterness…the vulgarity…the broken homes and hopeless struggles with substance abuse. Saints? Saints?? Is it really possible that man, born in sin and shaped in iniquity, could ever attain to the status of a saint?

Yes!!! That’s the beauty of the miracle God does in our lives. John 3:5 speaks of being “born again,” and in verse 5 further qualifies that new birth as being “of water and of the Spirit” — something that we first see take place in Acts chapter 2, where those who received the Word preached by Peter were told to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and were further promised that they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (verse 38). This is the key to fulfilling our calling as “saints.”

The very word “saint” in Romans 1:7 comes from the Greek hagios, which has among its meanings “sacred,”  “pure,” “blameless,” “consecrated”…and “holy.” Holiness — which according to Webster’s Dictionary (1913 edition) means the state of being “spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God” — is something to which human beings cannot attain on their own, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But through the transforming power of the New Birth, we are commanded (and, incredible though it seems, invited by God Himself ) to become holy:

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:15-16).

Becoming holy means stripping away that which is unholy. Becoming holy is not a passive experience; rather, it is the result of partnering with God to eliminate from our lives that which is displeasing to Him. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (II Corinthians 7:1).

Can it be done? Is it possible to become holy? Through our own efforts, no. But through obedience and submission to the Word of God and the working of His Spirit in our lives, yes!

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were [emphasis added] some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:9-11).

Becoming holy will change the way you think…the way you dress…the way you act…the way you talk; as you become more like Jesus, you’ll be less and less like the world. God’s calling — the call to be a saint — awaits you.

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:17-18).

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January 21, 2010 - Posted by | Reflections | ,

1 Comment »

  1. “partnering with God”.. I lke that, hadn’t looked at it that way.

    It is easier to live a holy life through Him and when we reach that state in our walk with God when we stop living to “please people” and we shift our desire to striving to please God. Holiness can become a way of life to the those who have made up their mind to worship Him in Spirit and in truth!

    What an awesome thing to be selected and invited by God to be His representative (ambassador).

    Comment by Julia Garcia | January 24, 2010 | Reply


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