Sept. 9, 2020

What Does Philippians 1:1 Mean? Part 2

What Does Philippians 1:1 Mean? Part 2

Philippians 1:1 (ESV) Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons


Today, we explore a word that is possibly the most misunderstood word by Christians.


  • What ONE word Paul uses to describe believers in his letters
  • What it means to be "set apart" unto God
  • What two identities you need to embrace to discover a life filled with the joy of the Lord


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. Today we continue in our study of Philippians 1 verse 1 which says, "Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:"

Now, when Paul addresses his friends in the church in Philippi, he uses a word that is commonly misunderstood by Christians. Did you catch the word? He calls them “saints.” In fact, did you know that Paul never calls believers by the word “Christian” in any of his letters? He loves to refer to them as saints. 

But when most of us hear the word “saint” we think of the Roman Catholic church when they officially honor a dead person whose lived a near perfect life.

But that’s not what’s Paul is saying here. 

So what is a “saint?” The word literally means “holy one,” 

And scripturally speaking, you are a saint.  And the cool thing is that you don’t have to do anything to be called a saint. You are a saint simply because you’re a born-again believer in Christ. 

To be a saint, literally means to be set apart unto God. It means to be different, or unlike others. You are set apart from this evil world. You are set apart from serving yourself and your own wants and needs. You are set apart for God to do His will. 

Paul calls you a “saint in Christ” meaning that whatever is true of Christ is true in you. Christ died. You died. Christ was resurrected and is seated at the right hand of God. You are seated at the right hand of God. When God looks at you, He sees Christ. 

So, Paul continues by addressing the overseers and deacons. These are leaders ordained by God to serve the local church.  

So your Simple Truth for today: Paul has taught us that living a life full of God’s joy is based on embracing two identities in our lives. One, you are a servant who’s devoted to serving God alone, as we learned yesterday, and, two, you’re a saint in Christ that’s set apart to do God’s Will.

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I’m Julie Carruth. And I’ll see you again tomorrow.