Let’s look at 2 Peter 1:1 where Peter introduces himself as “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.” So we can look at this casually but please, don’t ever read the Bible casually, dig into it! There are precious jewels here that you might miss if you’re just skimming through. Peter introduces himself not as Peter, but as Simon Peter. Simon was his birth name, the name given to his humanity; Peter was the name given to him by Jesus, his new covenant name, “the Rock” in Jesus Christ. Then he goes further just to make sure we get it. He says he is a bond servant, basically just a slave, and he is an apostle of Jesus Christ, basically a prince in the Kingdom of God. Do you see what Peter is doing in this little verse? He’s saying, I know who I am and I know who I was. I’m just a man, but I’m so much more than a man—I’m a child of God. I’m just a servant but I’m also a child of the king, which means I’m a prince and I rule and reign with Him.
Peter knew who he was. Do you know who you are?
I find that the church doesn’t understand this issue of identity. Here’s how it usually goes. We talk to the unbeliever and we say, “You’re a sinner in need of deliverance.” So they agree and say, “Yes, I put my faith in Jesus.” And we say, “Okay, now you’re a sinner saved by grace.” But don’t you see? In this way of thinking nothing has happened, nothing has changed! Well your sins have been forgiven and you’re going to heaven, but we’ve missed the whole thrust of the New Testament. The whole point is that we get made brand new! We are no longer sinners— that’s what we do—but it’s not who we are. Here’s a new way of saying it; a new way of thinking about it. I was a sinner. Now I am a saint who sins. Sometimes that’s the best definition.
I’m just a man. When you look at me, you look at Frank Friedmann. I’m just a man, but I’m so much more than a man. I’m a container of God. I’m a prince of the Kingdom of God. Just as you are. You are a saint. You’re not a sinner anymore. If you’re a Christian, a sinner is not who you are, it’s what you do sometimes, but it’s not who you are. You are a saint. You are a prince or a princess. And for this, we praise our God in Jesus’ name.
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