Are You A Saint?

Sometimes you may hear someone excuse bad behavior by saying something like, “Hey, I’m no saint!” The person may even be a Christian but, in his or her own mind, not a saint.

         What is a saint? The first definition in Webster’s reads, “one officially recognized especially through canonization as preeminent for holiness.” But is that what the Bible means when it speaks of a saint? Let’s see.

         In the book of Acts Luke uses the word to refer to believers in general (9:13,32,41; 26:10). Saints were not some elite, holier class who had performed miracles. They were simply Christian men and women.

         Paul addressed “all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints” (Romans 1:7). The church in Corinth is referred to as, “those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours,” (1 Corinthians 1:2). The words “sanctified” and “saints” in the Greek are hagiazô and hagios respectively. A saint is simple one who has been sanctified, made holy, by God.

         The words “saint” or “saints” are used 61 times in the New Testament. Never does it speak of those who have been “canonized” by any man or group of men or deemed especially worthy of veneration. Always it speaks of those who have been “made holy” by God.

         If you are a Christian, you are a saint. Saints are those whom God has made holy by the blood of Jesus. As such they are commanded to live lives that reflect what God has done for them.

         The apostle Peter, a saint like us, no more, no less wrote, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:14–16)

Brad Fry

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Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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