“You are loved – intensely, unreservedly, sacrificially, eternally.”
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John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Passionate as you are, like David, yet crying for the sins of yourself and your people, like Daniel; imperfect as you are, like the Corinthians, yet clinging to Jesus in faith, like the Ephesians – you are a saint. In the Grace-Faith Relationship with God, you are the beloved.
A saint is a special person, set apart by God for His special purpose. The saint receives the gift of salvation. He grows by the power of the Spirit. He becomes like the Father in his character. And finally, in the judgment, is he condemned?
Open your Bible and read it in Daniel 7:22 – “Until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.” In the final judgment – the saints are given the kingdom! Praise the Lord!
But the first characteristic of a saint, the first qualification of a saint is to know that he is greatly beloved. You are greatly beloved. God has emptied all of heaven – for you.
You are loved. Intensely. Unreservedly. Sacrificially. Eternally.
Do you know who you are?
You are a saint – and greatly beloved of God.