Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Colossians Here We Come! Saints

Colossians Day 1
A little background on the city of Colossae, a declining city at the time about 100 miles from Ephesus and 10 miles from Laodicea. It was a gentile city and the church was small and all or mostly gentile believers.
It was a church facing serious doctrinal and practical problems.
Though the apostle Paul never gives a formal explanation of the heresy facing the Colossians, the chief focus and features of the epistle along with Paul’s arguments show there was a serious threat of false teaching facing the Colossians. This teaching sought to undermine the person and work of Christ and the sufficiency of the salvation believers have in Him.
Let's begin:
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul always addresses the church members as saints. Today I want to stop and focus on this one simple point. In general Christian thinking saints are like super Christians. It describes those who rise above their peers. In sports there are all stars who get recognized both when they are playing and after their careers as being the best. In Christianity we do the same. In evangelical circles Billy Graham is an all star. In recent Catholicism Mother Theresa is the all star. Every denomination, even the local churches, tend to have a member or two who stands out or is looked up to as a "super Christian" or a saint.
This is heresy. God has no such view of His children. Jesus made it clear that we are all different and are equally treasured by God despite apparently vast differences in talent levels.
So what does saint mean if it doesn't mean "super Christian"? It comes from the Greek word "hagios". Here is the definition: set apart by and for God, holy, sacred.
So we are all equal. Jesus didn't die more for some of us and less for others. God didn't love some of us lots and others less. He gave His Son in the hope that each of us would choose to be set apart from the lost by Him and for Him - holy and sacred.
As we will see going forward no matter how weak and even lost you may feel if you have chosen to believe in Jesus you are a saint, holy and sacred and set apart by God and for God.
A short letter to a small house church but packed full of power. See you tomorrow saints of the Most High God!

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