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Philippians 1:1-6

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

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Do you consider yourself a saint? Some people who think they are shouldn’t be so sure, and others who think they aren’t should reconsider!  

The word “saint” comes from the Greek word hagios, which means “consecrated to God, holy, sacred, pious.” The word is most used in Scripture in its plural form: saints. The saints were those set apart in the kingdom of God by God’s grace and for God’s glory. All believers are saints, transformed by Christ and committed to living a holy life. Paul told those gathered as the church in Rome to welcome a sister in Christ in a manner that was “worthy of the saints.” (Romans 16:1-2)

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:2)

All those who have trusted in the finished work of Christ (His sinless life, His atoning death, His bodily resurrection) have received the eternal grace and peace of God. We are saints.
But we are also being sanctified (shaped to be like Christ) as we await the return of Jesus and our eternal heavenly home.

Paul was thankful he was in a community of saints. Even though they were distant from one another, there was a unity because of their partnership in Christ; they had all been called to share the good news and the hope of the gospel. (Philippians 1:5) He had an assurance of God’s work in their lives. They were saints together.

So don’t fret. Being a saint isn’t about a life of perfection. It’s about a life of confession and completion. (Romans 10:9-10) Our sainthood is solely dependent on the work of God to save us and to sanctify us.

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

Saints … (yes, I am referring to you who have trusted in Christ), let’s pause and consider the weight of that truth.

Grab your Bible, a journal and pen, and open your heart to bask in the presence of the Almighty!

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Read Philippians 1:1-6, then circle back and re-read verses 1-3 a few times through.
Answer these 3 questions in your journal from verses 1-3:

a) What do these verses tell me about God and His character?
b) What do these verses tell me about others and the world around me?
c) What do these verses tell me about me and my heart?

2) Close your time by praying for these truths to take root in your heart and for the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you more about these things today. Be sure to write out any questions you have as you read! If you’d like to send your questions to us, we’d love to study with you!

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