“Not only are we indescribably loved; we’re set free to live as though we know it is true.”
Inseparable, p. 76
I have loved the past several weeks we’ve spent in Part One: New Creation. As we enter into Part Two: As We Go, we turn our focus from our initial salvation to the life we now lead as disciples in Christ–how God chisels us into the likeness of Jesus through discipline and refinement, and the responsibilities we have as His ambassadors here on earth. Initially I had about 4 or 5 chapters for this section but needed to whittle it down to 3!
This week we read Chapter 5: Saint. This was one of the more difficult chapters for me to write. It’s no secret that even once we’re in Christ we still mess up. What do we do with that? Many of us wallow in guilt, when we’ve been cleansed of all unrighteousness. Or maybe instead we waste God’s grace by ignoring His call to fight temptation, when we’ve been set free from sin. If we knew who we really are in Christ, would our lives would look different than they do? Perhaps more of us would be living in unwavering obedience to God because it wouldn’t be a burden; we’d simply be acting like who we are.
Read this from this week’s Saint chapter:
Paul, Luke, Jude, John, and the writer of Hebrews all used the term saint in their writings to refer in general to followers of Jesus—those who are in Christ. … The Greek word translated saints is hagios, the same word that translates as holy in other places in the New Testament. It designates that something or someone has been separated and set apart for a particular purpose and should be treated as sacred and holy. This holiness isn’t something that is attained—it simply is. So, when we are in Christ, we are saints, not because we do things that make us saintly, but because God has said we are. And He implores us, as saints, to act accordingly—to live as if we know who we really are.
I can’t wait to hear about how God spoke to you through Romans 7 in your “Step into the Story” time. This struggle between the flesh and Spirit is real and often painful. It always boggles my mind that God is so patient with us, and yet that He loves us enough to pull us back from the edge of the cliff… to show us the train wreck we’re heading for… to save us from ourselves.
If you find yourself entangled in a “snare of the flesh,” I pray that you’ll remember who you are, dear friend. You’re a “hagios.” Your sin doesn’t define you and it doesn’t deserve a place in your life. Run from it, sister. Jesus is powering you and you can do it in Him. You’re loved. Live like you know it.
This week’s assignment is to read Chapter 6: Peacemaker. In this chapter we will discuss who our real enemy is, and explore what it might look like to love our enemies.
This week’s discussion question:
How does defining yourself as “hagios,” or “saint,” change the way you view Christians in general, and yourself specifically?