Summary: Exploration of 1 Peter 1:1-9 Learning how to live out a believers true identity as a Saint of God.
The Common Made Holy Series
“The Identity of Saint Who”
Today I am beginning a series on the book of First Peter. If you would I want to ask you to turn in your Bibles to 1 Peter chapter 1. The series is entitled The Common Made Holy, Discovering “The Life of Saint Who.”
We will not finish the book, nor will we glean even a small portion of the incredible riches that are embedded in this powerful little book. But I pray that God will use the power of His Word to bring us all to a deeper understanding of Him and His glory.
I have here three items, a piece of clay, a piece of ore, and a silver coin. I am going to pass these items around the room today and I ask you to touch and examine each one personally. I will not refer back to them until the end of the message, but I want to give every one a chance to look at them, to touch them and to ask the question, which one of these three things; clay, ore or the coin best represents my life today?
Now what I mean by that will become clear as we proceed through today’s message but for now ask the Holy Spirit of God to help you reflect on which one of these symbolizes your spiritual life today.
(PASS THE SAMPLES)
How many of you in this room today are holy? Many of us are naturally reluctant to identify ourselves as holy, because holy is word we reserve for God.
How many of you in this room today are a saint?
More of us are willing to acknowledge that we are saint not because of what we have done but because of our faith in Christ.
A person is saved only by his or her faith in the merit of Christ’s Jesus Sacrifice. We are saved by Faith alone in Christ Alone through faith alone.
We recognize that once we are saved we are a saint.
But do you think of yourself as a Saint?
But understanding who God says we are is radically important. When we truly understand who we are in Christ, then we can live the accordingly.
Knowing who you are in Christ will dispel the fear that robs you of life and fill you with a faith that will empower your life.
So are you a Saint?
Something about that title seems to just not fit. Why is it that the scriptures time and again are addressed to the saints who gather in a specific place, but we feel so uncomfortable with that title individually?
Shortly before the Reformation of the church in the 15th and 16th centuries, several false teachings crept into church. Among them were…
- The Veneration of Saints
- The Veneration of Relics
- The Rise of Magisterial Authority (Priests & Bishops)
- The Elevation of Papal Authority (Pope)
- The Selling of Indulgences
\Ven`er*a"tion\, n. [L. veneratio: cf. F. v['e]n['e]ration.] The act of venerating, or the state of being venerated; the highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with awe; a feeling or sentimental excited by the dignity, wisdom, or superiority of a person, by sacredness of character, by consecration to sacred services, or by hallowed associations.