Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 8:1-3, 10-11 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Revelation 21:3-6 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new… It is done!”
Paul writes to the church in Ephesus and starts by saying they are saints in Christ. A Christian’s identity is primarily saint, not sinner. You will sin some of the time, but you are a saint all of the time in Christ. Saints are convicted of sin, not condemned by sin. Saints are empowered to say no to sin, by God’s grace, not enslaved to say yes to sin when temptation comes. Because Jesus took their punishment for sin, in the end, saints will be perfected, not punished.
Q.1 Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind? Q.2 What stands out to you in Ephesians 1:1-2 and why? How else could Paul have started off his letter to the church at Ephesus? How does one become a Saint? Concerning Sainthood, how does the world’s view differ from the Bible’s view and why? Explain your answer. Q.3 What stands out to you in Romans 8:1-2 and why? Why do you think Paul is laboring to show the church at Rome that there is no condemnation in Christ; what’s the point of knowing that specific truth of the gospel? Q.4 How is it that there may be no condemnation in Christ, what does Paul say in Romans 8:3? What is the difference between conviction and condemnation? Q.5 What stands out to you in Romans 8:10-12 and why? What does Paul mean when he says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you”? Q.6 What stands out to you in Revelation 21:3-6 and why? How does knowing that we will be perfected, not punished, give us hope to live life not convicted, yet not condemned?
When you know who you are, then you know what to do. In Christ, you’re a saint. When you know how the story ends, you can live convicted, not condemned; empowered, not enslaved; knowing that you won’t be punished but you will be perfected in Christ and like Christ. Joy to us and glory to Christ!
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Are you a Sinner or a Saint?
In Christ we are Saints, not Sinners
Saints are Convicted, not Condemned
The Difference Between Conviction and Condemnation
Saints are Empowered, not Enslaved
Saints will be Perfected, not Punished
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