Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive
our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
The Sermon for this week is: Called To Be Saints - Romans 1:7 - 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.
1. In his epistle to the Romans, Paul said he was “called to be an apostle” - Romans 1:1
- Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel
a. I.e., he was summoned to be an apostle, one sent by Jesus for a special purpose
b. That purpose involved the gospel, which Paul was sent to proclaim to the nations - Romans 1:1 -
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel
of God, ; Romans 1:5 - By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all
nations, for his name:
2. All Christians likewise have their “calling”...
a. We are the “called of Jesus Christ” - Romans 1:6 - Among whom are ye also the
called of Jesus Christ:
b. We are “called to be saints” - Romans 1:7 - 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
3. The term “saint” is frequently misunderstood and misapplied...
a. One might get the wrong impression of what Paul is saying
b. A proper understanding is important, serving as motivation for proper conduct
[So let us ask our first question: What is a “saint”...?]
I. THE DEFINITION OF A SAINT
A. ONE SET APART, CONSECRATED, HOLY ONE...
1. “The word mean set apart, consecrated, sacred...In the NT the word hagios, when used as
a noun, usually refers to members of the...church. All believers are called ‘saints,’ even
when their character is dubiously holy.” - Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia
2. “A NT believer, belonging exclusively to God. The saints are the church, people called out of
the world to be God’s own people.” - Zondervan Topical Bible
3. “Set apart for God, to be, as it were, exclusively His...this appellation is very often in the
NT transferred to Christians, as those whom God has selected out of the world” - Thayer
4. “It is used of men and things in so far as they are devoted to God. These are called hagoi,
saints, i.e., ‘sanctified’ or ‘holy ones.’ This sainthood is not an attainment, it is a state into
which God in grace calls men” - Vine
B. APPLIED TO ALL CHRISTIANS...
1. Summarizing what these sources say, a “saint” is:
a. A Christian, a member of the body of Christ
b. As such, Christians are considered by God to be...
1) Set apart, holy
2) Consecrated for His purpose
2. A quick survey of the NT confirms this definition and use of the term “saint”
a. Addressing those in various congregations - Romans 1:7 - 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. ; 1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ
Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ
our Lord, both theirs and ours: ; 2 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: ; 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: ; 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.
b. Describing the subjects of brotherly love - Ephesians 1:15 - Wherefore I also, after I heard
of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, ; Colossians 1:4 - Since we heard of your faith
in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, ; Philemon 1:4-7
- I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast
toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging
of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels
of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
3. A “saint” is not some super-spiritual Christian...
a. Now dead and having lived a long time ago
b. Who is canonized and venerated as an object of worship
-- Indeed, every Christian is a saint!
[However, we find both now and then that not all Christians behave like saints. This raises the question:
How should saints live...?]
II. THE LIFE OF A SAINT
A. AS DESCRIBED IN EPHESIANS...
1. Saints should live in a manner worthy of their calling - Ephesians 4:1 - I therefore, the
prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
a. Walking in unity - cf. Ephesians 4:1-16 - I therefore, the
prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord,
one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and
in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When
he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also
descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens,
that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and
teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we
all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature
of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head,
even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every
joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying
of itself in love.
b. Walking in truth - cf. Ephesians 4:17-32 - This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being
alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past
feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned
Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning
the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your
mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away
lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the
sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour,
working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness,
and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
c. Walking in love - cf. Ephesians 5:1-7 - Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling
savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither
filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that
no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and
of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
d. Walking in light - cf. Ephesians 5:8-14 - For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things
which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make
manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
e. Walking in wisdom - cf. Ephesians 5:15-17 - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools,
but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of
the Lord is.
2. Saints should avoid things not befitting their calling - Ephesians 5:3-4 - But fornication,
and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish
talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
a. Fornication, uncleanness, covetousness
b. Filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting
-- Saints strive to live this way; they do not always live up to their calling
B. AS DESCRIBED IN COLOSSIANS...
1. Saints should be filled with the knowledge of God’s will - Colossians 1:9 - For this
cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that
ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
a. Involves a good knowledge of the Bible
b. Accompanied by wisdom and understanding (via prayer - James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom,
let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be
2. Saints are to walk worthy of the Lord - Colossians 1:10 - That ye might walk worthy of the
Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
a. We are called to be Christians as well as saints - cf. Acts 11:26 - And when he had found
him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught
much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
b. Our behavior should properly reflect the One whose name we wear!