To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons
To all the…what???
Yeah, saints. But I thought last time we learned about how we’re sinners. Now we’re saints? Contradiction? Nope. Actually, the key phrase is “in Christ Jesus”.
If Paul had just said To all the saints who are at Philippi, yep, that’s weird.
We know we fall short of God’s standards. It’s like trying to climb an icy, slippery, ten million mile mountain while we’re already bruised up and stuck in some crevice way at the bottom.
So how are we saints in Christ Jesus?
What does that even mean?
Go five books back to Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
We are no longer condemned in Christ Jesus. Strange connection.
We are no longer condemned in Christ and we’re now saints in Christ.
That means our identity is found in Jesus, not in us.
I Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
We’re dead in our old identity in Adam; in sin, but in our new identity God gave us through Jesus’ death, we are freed from the slavery of our sin so that we can live for him!
2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”