Paul wanted the young Christians of Rome to know the truth of God’s grace and the peace of God. Then and now, that truth brings us the joy of knowing that Jesus Christ is ours and we are His. We can trust and depend on Him because He has been here since before the world began, and He will be here after this world is gone.
Because God is holy, His eyes cannot even look upon sin. He also does not dwell in sin; so, if the Holy Spirit is to dwell in us, we must be declared holy. Therefore, God anointed Jesus Christ to come and take away our sin and replace our guilt and shame with His grace, mercy, salvation, and forgiveness. God calls all people of all nations to be His children; but only those who receive Christ’s forgiveness of their sin are adopted by the Father.
When we as Christians try to be “good enough”, it takes our focus off of Christ and puts it on ourselves. But, when we come to Christ and are saved – at that moment – we become saints, the beloved of God. We are instantly transformed from sinners on the way to Hell, to saints on the way to Heaven.
All this transpires in a split second, and we don’t realize it at the time. Though we may have little or no knowledge of the Scriptures or background in serving God, He transports into our heart and soul a new creation.
The word “saint” means holy; set apart; sanctified; consecrated. We have no righteousness of our own. The holiness we accept and receive is Jesus Christ Himself. As the blood of Jesus is applied to our sin, His righteousness is accounted to us, and our bodies become a temple of the Holy Spirit. When God the Father looks at us, He sees His Son Jesus.
Our #1 objective as saints is to glorify God. We are to spend time with Him and learn how to listen to His voice and how to obey what He wants us to do. As Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) That’s what the Lord has called us to do… Bring glory to Him by living our lives according to His Word and His leading.
Pastor Odom’s message can be heard each Sunday on Radio KAML, AM 990, at 8:30 a.m. Choate Baptist Church meets for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday and Wednesday Evening Services at 7 p.m. Visitors are always welcome!