Writing is a gift. It is the gift of bringing words to life. It is like when one reads a story and becomes so engrossed in the book that it's impossible to put it down until you are done. It is a God given gift. My religious knowledge comes from a lifetime of attending Lutheran schools - from first grade through my first and only year of college.
I am using that Christian education in my writings to tell others the wonderful things God has done for all people...
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Are you a Saint?
Are you a Saint?
"One sacrifice for sins"
But when this priest [Jesus] had offered for
all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God...because
by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrews 10:12, 14).
I am a
member of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod). The last four
Sundays of our church year are referred to as the End Times Sundays. The
“End Times” Season begins with Reformation Sunday. The Lutheran Reformation
coincides with Halloween, but actually has nothing to do with Halloween itself.
Reformation (Celebrated on October 31st each year) is the day we
honor our church’s founder Martin Luther. Martin Luther was an Augustinian
monk, a Roman Catholic priest and a professor of theology.
October 31, 1517 he nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in
Wittenberg, Saxony, Germany. The 95 Theses were statements of his beliefs (based
on Scripture) which he wished to defend in a public debate. The Catholic Church
had become corrupted by centuries of ignorance during the Dark Ages of medieval
Europe. Martin Luther wanted the church to realize the importance of returning
to Scripture as its only source of truth. He taught, per Scripture, that we are
saved by grace alone! By faith alone! andBy
Scripture alone! Salvation is a gift of God’s never ending
grace, through faith in His one and only Son Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church
had lost sight of these truths which were/are clearly taught in God’s Word.
second Sunday of End Times is called Last
Judgment which is pretty self explanatory. It is a study of the last days
and most importantly the final day when the earth and this life as we know it will come to
an end – the day when Christ will come again in glory to judge the world.
third Sunday in End Times is called Saints
Triumphant. It is a study and
celebration of all the Saints who were/are made victorious when Christ after
His suffering and death, rose victorious crushing the power of Satan.
The fourth and last Sunday in End
Times is called Christ the King. This
last Sunday of the church year is again, a study of the last day when Jesus
will come in glory and bring His believers (those still alive and those who
have died) home.
pastor begins each service on Sunday mornings with a children’s lesson. He invites
all children present to the front of the church and spends about five minutes
with them. He teaches them a lesson which pertains to the Scripture on which
the service for that particular Sunday is based.
Sunday which I am referring to in this writing happened to be the third Sunday
in the End Times season which is Saints Triumphant Sunday so it was
fitting that the pastor’s question posed to the children that day was; what is a Saint?They answered; someone who is holy (very good!).He then asked them to name some “saints”.
They thought a minute and then answered by naming people they know from
Scripture i.e. Paul, Matthew, Peter, James, Mark etc. They were 100% correct,
but weren’t those men from Scripture sinners just like you and me? If a saint
is someone who is holy, how could those men have been considered saints?
definition of a Saint according to my Bible Dictionary reads; that which is separated or dedicated to
God...All who are in a covenant relation with him through repentance and faith
in his Son are regarded as saints. Wow! Does that mean you and I are considered
saints also? I am confident that I am numbered among the saints. I came to
faith at my baptism many years ago and the Holy Spirit has preserved that faith
in my heart throughout my lifetime. My faith is strengthened and renewed daily through
prayer and repentance, and through Bible Study and participation in the
sacrament of Holy Communion.
have faith in Jesus, if you believe and trust in His promises and have come to
Him with a repentant heart which mourns your many sins, you are a Saint also.
Without Jesus we are all tainted and made dirty by sin and doomed to an
eternity in hell, but with Him we are covered by His holiness.
scripture above tells us; because by one
sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.Jesus, God’s perfect and holy Son sacrificed
Himself in our place when He died on the cross. He suffered the punishment we
deserve for our sin and gave us His holiness in return. So when God looks at
His faithful believers He no longer sees our sin, but the holiness of His Son.
Because of what Jesus did for us, every sincere Christian can correctly place
the word “Saint” in front of his/her name. We are all Saints washed clean by
the blood of Jesus.
Good News! This is pure Gospel – that
sinners are made Saints through the blood of Jesus. This news brings peace to
all who believe. This is a peace which the world we live in cannot give us. It
is a peace that comes only from God. Jesus says; Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as
the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John
a saint? I hope that you can answer “yes” to that question. If your answer
stems from a repentant heart filled with love for God and His Son you can be
confident that you are counted among the saints.
faith in Jesus we have true peace - a peace which does not come from this
physical world, but from knowing that our sins are forgiven and we can stand
before a holy God without fear. We have a sure hope that there is a special place
prepared and waiting for us in heaven. Death no longer has power over us. Whether
we live or whether we die, we are winners through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
"You will not abandon me to the grave"
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue
rejoices; because you will not abandon me to the grave nor will you let your
Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill
me with joy in your presence. (Acts 2: 26-28)