“I’m just a sinner saved by grace.”
Have you said this? I have. And I believe it is almost true. Yes. I said, almost.
I believe we were sinners who have been saved…AND…we do still sin…BUT…
How are we described in scripture after salvation?
Jude wrote a letter to those who are the called, beloved, and kept for Jesus. He also described these people as those who have a common salvation. He describes himself as a bond-servant of Jesus Christ.
So if I have a common salvation as one of the early church fathers, one who describes himself as bound to serve Christ, then he wrote this letter to me…right?
He describes me (through the God-breathed Word) as one who is called. Kletos – invited, appointed, a saint: called.
He says I’m a saint.
What does this do to the way you view yourself? How does this raise your level of responsibility in Christ?
Scriptures for further study:
Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. ~Jude 1:1-3
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity ~2 Timothy 1:8-9
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light ~1 Peter 2:9
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. ~Romans 8:28-30