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The Saints part 1
Today, we’re going to start of
a study of a very interesting word, the word “saint”. This word is very misunderstood unfortunately, by many
people. It’s used 13 times in the
NT, to describe a people; the word was used by Paul, Peter, and Jude to describe
the people to whom they were addressing, so it is used as an adjective of
The Greek word that is
translated as “saint” is the adjective “hagios”.
It means “separated ones” or “holy ones”. As an adjective, it describes or identifies a quality or
characteristic of the noun that it modifies.
(For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and holy
MAN [hagios = a SAINT; John was not only a just man, but a
saint], and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things,
and heard him gladly.) So, Herod
knew that John was a just man and a saint.
Herod knew that he was a just man and a holy man by the way John
conducted his life; by the way he lived. John
was not given this title simply because he was a child of God.
It was given because Herod
observed him. [Reread the verse.]
Herod observed him and knew that he was living a different kind of life
than the normal life of the normal person would live according to lust and the
power of sin that dominates the life of a normal human being.
John separated himself and was
different and lived a lifestyle that was different. John had a holy lifestyle.
You might be sitting there today and thinking, “I fall short of a holy
Let me explain what a holy
lifestyle is. A holy lifestyle
means that I am separated unto purity. It
does not mean that we live a lifestyle that is sinless.
John was not deity; he was not God.
He was a man, just like you and me.
He was not practicing a lifestyle of lawlessness.
He was very careful how he lived. He
separated himself unto purity. He
separated himself from that which was impure unto that which was clean.
[2 John 6; not yet]
So, when we talk about walking after a holy lifestyle, we’re talking
about walking after the commandments. [Read]
This verse says that we can walk after the commandments.
It tells us that we should be walking after them.
When we fall short, we have the precious, powerful blood
of Jesus Christ, which will provide for us a washing and a cleansing.
As Christians, when we find ourselves giving in to temptation, we have a
high priest who is able to wash us and cleanse us in our walk, and this is part
of our walk.
[Ephesians 1:7] “In
whom we have redemption”. What
does that mean? It goes on to say,
“forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace”.
So, it’s the riches of his grace that allows Christians to have a
continual redemption. What does
redemption mean? Any time that I
sin as a Christian, I sell myself over to another master.
And I need to be bought back or purchased back to serving God.
I cannot serve two masters. [Matthew
6.24: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye
cannot serve (be slaves) God and mammon. (Mammon
is a Chaldee, Syriac and Punic money-god.]
You can try to serve both, but failure awaits you.
So, he provided a way that we can be redeemed from a lifestyle of sin,
and that is through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
[2 Corinthians 5:15: Christ
died for all; Mark 14:24: Blood is
shed for many.]
[1 John 1:9:
This is a verse we’re all familiar with.]
He restores us to fellowship. We’re
not talking about people who are sinlessly perfect. We’re
talking about people desiring the commandments of God; desiring to please God.
this is actually a demon speaking out of a man] (Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus
of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I (we) know thee who thou art, the
Holy [hagios - saintly]
One of God.) The
holy one of God; the saintly one of God. Jesus
Christ was a saint.
So, John and Jesus lived their lives as saints.
Now, there’s a teaching today in Christianity that just because
you’re a Christian or you’re saved or you’re in Christ, you’re given a
title as a saint. No matter how
wicked you might be, no matter how backslidden you are, no matter how you live,
no matter how unrepentant you are; you’re considered a saint because you’re
saved. This just simply is not
true. There’s no such thing as
positional saint. This is taught
because of Calvinism, which is trying to prove the eternal security of the
believer. Now, we believe in the
eternal security of the believer (at least I think we all do), you cannot go to
the lake of fire forever because you were purchased by Jesus Christ at the
cross; He died for your sins on the cross.
Now, we believe that; once you believe, you are saved.
[Expound: Acts 16:31 and
comment on eternal.] If your
position is just, you have no need to lie to prove your point; the truth speaks
for itself. Calvinism tries to
defend eternal security to the point that they take away the practical value and
the plain reading of the scriptures, and they eliminate all the warning passages
to Christians, because they believe that it endangers the security of the
Peter 1:14-16: Not yet.]
Now, this position taken by Calvinism is not so.
(That doesn’t mean Arminianism is correct either, just that this
position is incorrect.) Peter was
not a Calvinist. Peter was not one
that believed in some sort of positional sainthood.
[Read.] (As obedient
children (not some mystical position), not fashioning yourselves according
to the former lusts in your ignorance (what’s Peter talking about? Life before you started living your life the way you should,
not before you were saved; as a baby, you only need to know that Jesus died for
your sins, and He’s the only one who did so; if you can believe that truth;
you’re saved, you’re a part of God’s family.) (When you start reading the
Bible, 2 Timothy 3.16 tells us (All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God,
and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness); The Bible instructs us in right living.
How God wants us to live; after you’re in the family; you’ll read and
you’ll find some things of which you’re ignorant; some things that you need
to know as a Christian; [reread “don’t conform yourselves to the former
lusts”]. Now that you’re
reading Scripture, now that you’re learning the Bible and the holy knowledge
of God, you’ve got to make some changes.) 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy
in all manner of conversation 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy
for I am holy.
God is holy!
You see in the Bible, you see God in heaven and what are they saying?
You don’t see them saying, mercy, mercy, mercy, love, love, love,
grace, grace, grace. They’re
saying, holy, holy, holy!
God is holy! And all the angels; all the celestial beings are bowing down
and saying this one thing about God; he’s a holy god; He’s a HOLY GOD!
15 But as he which hath called
you is holy, so be ye holy [be ye a saint] in all manner of
(position… no!) conversation
[life style, conduct, behavior, or practical walk, conduct];
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy [be ye a saint]; for I
So, Peter is saying to
Christians here, you can be holy. You
have no excuse. God has empowered
you with the power of grace. [2
Corinthians 12:9] (My grace is sufficient for thee), and if you take advantage
of that grace, you are allowed to obey his commandments and to live holy and
then when you do succumb to temptation (while we are in the process of becoming
more and more sanctified and being more and more a saint), in that process when
you get your feet dirty and you do sin, when you look where you’re not
supposed to look, when you touch what you’re not supposed to touch, when you
say what you shouldn’t say, you’re allowed to go to Jesus Christ and receive
that washing as a Christian and the restoration back to fellowship.
There are two “Be ye holy’s”
here in verses 15 and 16. They’re
in the imperative. He’s
commanding us to be ye holy. This
is not a perfect holiness. This is
a relevant, practical holiness. So,
he’s saying here, that the measure that I obey the commandments of Jesus
Christ will be the measure that Jesus Christ sets me apart as holy.
And in the measure that I
confess my sins will be the measure that I am called a saint. So, we’re not talking here about holy perfection (being
without sin). And some do teach
that today that we don’t sin, but that’s silly and unscriptural. Does that correspond to the real world? No. Christians
do have problems with lust and other vices that would trap us just like the
unsaved are trapped. We have to be
careful, that’s why we’re warned. There
really is a devil, and there really is the flesh, and there really is a world
that wants to see our failure as Christians.
What I love about the blood is it justifies us.
It justifies us “much more”; beyond salvation, much more now does the
blood allow you to stand in the presence of God, justified, now on the earth and
also in the future at the Judgment Seat when we have to give an account.
The blood allows us to stand blameless, as Job did. Job was blameless. Job
sinned; he had times where he failed. But,
he was called perfect, because he knew what to do with his sin when he did sin:
sacrifice. Now we have a
sacrifice for all time, and that was through Jesus Christ shedding his blood and
taking it to the mercy seat in heaven, and providing for us an offering where we
can receive the forgiveness of our sins.
want to make that clear that you’re not going to live perfect, saintly lives
without sinning. [1 Peter 3:5-6] We
have saintly women. Did you know
you can be saintly? This is not
talking about the traditions of men. For
after this manner (adorned with a meek and quiet spirit, v.4) in the old
time the holy [saintly] women
also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto
their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose
daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with
In the old time – they had
less knowledge and examples than we have today.
They had no Bible to encourage them.
([saintly] women also, who trusted in God,
adorned themselves (with what? A
meek and quiet spirit), being in subjection unto their own husbands.) Oh, the
feminists don’t like that. 6 Even
as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are (if you want to
be a daughter of Sara, you’ll have crowns and ruling and reigning), whose
daughters ye are as long as ye do well (you are a daughter of sara), and
are not afraid with any amazement. You
know, many women have a hard time subjecting themselves to a man.
The reason is, the reason Peter gives, is that they are afraid.
But, he says, don’t be afraid with any amazement.
Trust God. Trust God for
that man, that he will lead you, God will take care of you, because who’s over
Jesus Christ. Jesus
Christ is the head of that man. So,
you can trust Jesus Christ to take care of that man to whom you commit.
But, he’s saying here if you want to be a saint, a saintly woman, you
wear a meek and quiet spirit, trust God, subject to your husband, and you’re
not afraid of what might happen.
[Revelation 14:12] Patience
(endurance). There are three things
here that this passage reveals to us about the nature of a saint.
Saints endure. What does
that mean? You carry on with your
faithfulness to God, right through adversity, hard times, and hardships (2Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good
soldier of Jesus Christ.). Go
right through! It’s talking about
enduring and not quitting. Don’t
say, “Oh, why is this happening to me?”
Right here is says endure. Keep
going, don’t quit, keep fighting the good fight of faith.
Then, he says this: Saints
keep the commandments. What does
that mean? Keep means to observe
very closely, to conform one’s practice to.
So, the saints keep the commandments; they love the commandments of God.
I love the commandments. I
love to search the Bible and find the commandments of God, and say, “Thank you
Jesus for being merciful to me and giving me the commandments of God; the
knowledge of God.
He never leaves us in darkness
and ignorance. He says, “Here’s
what I like and here’s what I don’t like.”
It’s laid out plainly for us. You
can obey if you want to, it’s up to you; you’re not a robot.
The decision is yours. You
can rebel, or you can be submissive and He will give you the grace to keep those
Then, he says the saints keep
the faith of Jesus. What’s the
faith of Jesus? The faith of Jesus
is not some kind of general faith in God. The
faith of Jesus is the faith that was demonstrated by Jesus Christ when he became
flesh and blood and lived as the Son of God, and endured the cross.
What does that mean, “endured
the cross”? It doesn’t mean
that just 6 hours on the cross did Jesus endure the cross.
His whole life was enduring the cross.
His entire life was “not my will, but thine, Father”.
That means that he had to die to self, and that means that he endured the
cross, and that is the faith of Jesus.
Christians have the faith of Jesus, when they’re reckoning themselves
to be dead to self, taking up their cross, and they’re following not their own
will, but the will of Jesus Christ.
So, the “faith of Jesus” was
demonstrated by the life of Jesus Christ. He
had joy set before him. That’s
what made him endure the cross. [Hebrews
12:2] Jesus endured the cross, why?
For the joy that was set before him.
This is why we endure the cross. People
say, “I don’t think I can die to self, it’s too tough”.
Well, Jesus endured the cross with a great motivation. He had the joy set before him and he despised the shame.
The joy set before him was to be
crowned; rewarded and honored; to sit at the right hand of God the father.
Jesus Christ would be given that position as a son.
So, the faith of Jesus is looking for things hoped for, not seen.
[This is not salvation; do you hope for your salvation?]
The faith of Jesus believes that God is a rewarder.
The faith of Jesus believes that Jesus Christ was an overcomer, and I
also can be an overcomer. So can
[Revelation 3:21] says that he was an overcomer.
It also tells us that we can be overcomers.
1 John 5:4 says, [For
whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that
overcometh the world, [even] our faith (good verse to
remember)]. So, the faith of
Jesus is a faith that will justify us at the judgment seat.
[Galatians 2:16] Keeping
the Sabbath, being circumcised, all the law of Moses.
Jesus did away with all those things.
Now, we’re justified by the faith of Jesus.
Meaning that we have an example set before us of how we’re to live as
Christians, after we’re saved. And,
the faith of Jesus gives us a righteousness of God by faith.
Our hope is that one day, we’ll hear, “well done, thou good and
And those that are justified
will one day be honored (we find that in Romans 8:30). And, those that are honored will also be glorified.
That’s an awesome truth to think about.
(2 Thessalonians 1:10) tells us that He comes glorified in his saints.
The kind of faith that is the faith of Jesus is something that has to be
delivered to you. Did you know
I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful
for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the
faith (faith of Jesus), which was once delivered unto the saints. This
faith was committed unto the saints. What
does this mean? How was it
committed or delivered? It’s
being delivered to you right now.
was delivered through a preacher or a teacher.
That’s how it came to you. That’s
how we get faith. We get faith
through the teaching of Scripture. [Romans
10:17] (The faith; meat of the Word.)
So, the saints are delivered faith; the faith of Jesus.
What’s that? The faith
that Jesus had when he had the joy set before him; when he endured the cross,
despising the shame. It’s looking
forward to the reward. Things not
seen, things yet hoped for. (Heb 11:1 says, Now
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.)
(Not our salvation: Do you hope
you’re saved? I don’t.
I know! And
brothers and sisters, you can too.) God
is a rewarder. God’s going to
reward his people who are faithful.
said in 1 Timothy 2:7 that he was a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Paul was a teacher of the Gentiles.
That’s you and me. He
said, “I delivered faith by teaching the Word of God”.
Now, what is the Word of God?
The Word of God is more specific than just the Scriptures.
The Scriptures are the Word of God, but the “word of God” is even
more Specific, just as the faith of Jesus is more specific than just a general
faith in God. The word of God is
more specific than just the whole of Scripture.
We find that in [Acts 8:12].
12 But when they [the Samaritans] believed Philip preaching
the things concerning the kingdom of God (what are the things concering the
Kingdom of God? The Kingdom of God
is the millennial reign when Jesus comes back in Revelation 19:16 as king of
kings and lord of lords, he’s going to reign for 1000 years before
“eternity”; Revelation 20:6 says, (Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection:
on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years).
“The world to come”, “the reward of the inheritance”, the
“Kingdom of God”… all refer
to the time period of the millennial reign. This is all before the rest of eternity in Rev 21.
We’re talking about the thousand years, millennial
kingdom. So, the faith of Jesus
that was delivered to the saints was in relationship to the Word of God. And Acts 8:12, says, Philip preaching the things
concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women. That
gives us some light on baptism. Water
baptism has to do with the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
Not with being saved or just being a Christian people.
(We looked at that a few weeks ago in our studies on John 3 involving
seeing and entering the Kingdom.) “Both
men and women”, Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received (what?) the word of God, they sent unto them
Peter and John: The word of God is a synonym for things concerning the
Kingdom of God.
Why did they send Peter and John
to check out the things going on up there in Samaria? Matthew 10:5,6 tells us that the Kingdom was an exclusive
message only to the Jewish people. “Only
go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”.
It was an exclusive message. But,
in Acts chapter 8, by God’s sovereign mercy and grace, He opened that message
of ruling and reigning with JC to the Samaritans.
The Samaritans now can also have
a heavenly inheritance, and can also be blessed with the Jews in the coming
Receiving the word of God has to
do with receiving the things of the Kingdom of God. That’s what we’re talking about here. Do you see that? They
received the word of God, but what was Philip preaching?
Things concerning how to get saved?
No. These Samaritans were
already saved. They were separated
from the Jews, with a doctrinal dispute, but they were saved.
(Sounds like churches today.)
Their father was Jacob; they
believed in the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were saved already.
So, Philip came there preaching, and what was he preaching?
He was saying, now the reward can be opened up to you also.
“Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?” and they said, “We
receive this word from you”.
So, they sent these two
apostles, they walked with Jesus Christ, but they sent this authority to go up
there and check it out and make sure that God has done this new thing.
The conclusion was, yes He has, He has done this new thing.
Saints can also bless God.
I love being blessed by God, but isn’t it also great that we can bless
God? God blesses us so much, but we
can bless God. Saints bless the
Lord. You know, many Christians
don’t like to hear about the Kingdom of God, you know why?
Because it limits options in their lives. It’s a narrow road. When
you talk about the millennial reign, it says that few will enter (all can be
saved). It says that many are
called, but few are chosen. Many
don’t like to hear it, because it brings accountability to the Christian life.
It makes you have to either want to live by faith or live by the flesh.
So, that’s why many don’t want to teach about it, because most would like to just teach about some kind of mystical, fluffy heaven that we all play violins or harps and float around for the rest of eternity. I don’t know what that means, I’m not a Buddhist; I don’t believe in mysticism; brother, I believe in reality, and I believe that there is a kingdom coming with Jesus Christ as lord and he’s going to bring it to this earth and he’s going to establish it for 1000 years. And I know that my Bible says that through much tribulation we enter that kingdom (Acts 14:22).