Are We Saints?

Our topic is now the question of what is a ‘saint’. Are there saints alive today? How does a person become a saint? Can a human religious leader actually decide who God’s saints are? As you may well have guessed, the Bible is entirely not vague about these questions.

First, we shall go to the Bible. The people called saints in the old testament certainly lived lives dedicated to God. Still, they were very human in that they made mistakes. And I cannot think of one (besides Enoch) that didn’t displease God at one point or another. The Bible seems to outline clearly the failing, sins, and shortcomings of these old testament saints.

If you read the following list of verses you will see that in the new testament majority of saints that are mention are unnamed believers, and these appear to be mostly poor and in need.

Rom. 15.25,26 saints needed ministering.. they were human and lowly.
Rom.16.15 “all the saints”
1 Cor. 16.2  collection for the saint
2 Cor. 1.1 “all the saints
2 Cor. 8.4  “ministering to the saints”
Eph. 1.1 “to the saints which are at Ephesus”
Rev. 14.12 “a call for the endurance of the saints”

In the old testament there are 3 words that are translated as saint (godesh, qadowsh, and chaciyd) and all 3 of them mean ‘holy, dedicated, or  sacred’ together as a concept. The different words only stressed a certain aspect of these holy, dedicated, or sacred. The new testament word for holy is more revealing. It is the Greek word hagios. It is Strong’s number 40. If you don’t know what that means then click on the word hagios and you will learn.

Every time the ‘holy Spirit’ is mentioned in the NT the word for ‘holy’ is ‘hagios’. More encouraging to christians is the fact that every time the word saint is used it is also the word ‘hagios’. To be clear; the Bible is telling us that thanks to the finished work of Christ God considers us holy. This is alot of what Christ meant when He said on the cross, “it is finished”. It is also how we can have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

No doubt, we do not often feel like “a new creature” (2 Cor. 5:17) but God sees us as one! Christ really did pay for all our sins. He really did pay the price! We are free whether we feel it or not.

And so, yes, we are saints. But what is more is that, yes, we are holy thanks solely to the finished work of our Lord and Savior. I love how God’s plans are never frustrated.

So to answer our above questions; yes, there are many saints alive today and a person becomes a saint by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. And lastly, no man can decide what a saint is.

“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” 1 John 3:2

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