Holy Is and Holy Does
To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints … Romans 1:7
Recommended Reading – 1 Peter 1:15-16
We often hear people give this testimony: “I am a sinner saved by grace.” Technically, that’s true. But the New Testament would say it this way: “I was a sinner, but am now a saint, saved by grace.” The New Testament does not refer to members of the body of Christ as sinners: “And such [sinners] were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified [made holy], but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
The word “saint” in the New Testament is based on the Greek word for “holy” — a saint is a “holy one.” “Saint” represents the position of the Christian before God, a position to which we are called in Christ (Romans 1:7). Because Christ is holy, and we are in Christ, we share in His holiness as saints before God. But as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:7-10, the life of a sinner is to be a past tense matter for the Christian. As holy ones before God, we are to live a life of holiness that mirrors our holy, positional life in Christ.
So, holiness is something we are (“called to be saints”) as well as something we do (“Be holy, for I am holy”). Let your standing in Christ reflect your conduct in Christ today.
Christianity is a universal holiness in every part of life.