…to the church of God…to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling. 1 Corinthians 1:2
The word hypocrite chills our souls. No one likes to be called a hypocrite. As Christians, we can find ourselves being called hypocrites when we act saintly…and we can be called hypocrites when we do not act saintly. What does it mean for a Christian to “act saintly”?
Paul says we are “saints by calling,” and to be anything else is to distort the truth about you. We are sanctified—but would you admit to being a saint? Most of the saints we usually think of are all dead.
The word calling here might be better understood as “summoned.” You have been summoned by God, and because of that summons you are now a saint—hagios, a set-apart one, a holy one. You are marked out by God as being different. That’s why you are part of God’s church. You are set apart from the world unto God both as an individual and as part of a the Christian community – the saints who make up the Church.
You are sanctified; Jesus died to set you apart, and you will never be the same because of it.
God promises that He will confirm us “blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8). When we enter heaven Christ will affirm before the throne of God that we are blameless for all eternity. It’s not that we are not innocent of sin, but declared forgiven—forever! He won’t be flashing our sins for all to see. On that day we will all be truly ‘saintly.”