Monday, January 23, 2012

Are You A Saint?



Are you a saint? You might say no. You’ve sinned. You haven’t done great things for God. But let’s look at the definitions of saint:

saint 1. n (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who after death is formally recognized by a Christian Church, esp the Roman Catholic Church, as having attained, through holy deeds or behaviour, a specially exalted place in heaven and the right to veneration -- Collins English Dictionary

saint n. 2 a person who is exceptionally meek, charitable, patient, etc. -- Webster’s Dictionary

For the LORD takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. -- Psalm 149:4-5

While the world has many definitions of saint, according to the Bible, a saint is not someone canonized by the Catholic church or someone who is particularly righteous in some way, but simply anyone who is saved by faith.

If you have been saved by faith and are a child of God, then you are a saint. We all have flaws, but our Savior does not, and it is through His righteousness and not our own that we are saved and made saints.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. -- Ephesians 2:8-9

[God] has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. -- 2 Timothy 1:9-10

Love the LORD, all His saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud He pays back in full. -- Psalm 31:23

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. -- Colossians 1:10-14

The saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever. -- Daniel 7:18

We have to trust in Christ’s righteousness and sacrifice to be set free from the sins that burden us, and dedicate our lives to Him. Then we are saints. Not perfect now, but being made perfect through One who is perfect.

If you didn’t know before, do you know now: Are you a saint?


*All Bible verses are from the NIV.

(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner

12 comments:

  1. Beautifully written! A wonderful reminder that it is Christ's righteousness and His alone that saves us. Appreciated the many encouraging Scripture verses as well. Great post!

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  2. Great post, Jonathan. It's good to be reminded of who we are in Christ. We are also the righteous. :)

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  3. Good article, Jonathan! Thank you for sharing. It's a commonly misused word, for sure.

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  4. I was looking forward to this post. :D A very excellent point.

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  5. Very nice post, Jonathan. :D Those verses you had from Colossians are some of my favorites. :)

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  6. Thank you, Ophelia! I like those, too. :)

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