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Roman Catholicism series #6: Who is a saint?

The Roman Catholic Church canonizes decesased men and women they consider worthy of sainthood. As saints, because of their holiness, they are said to have special access to God.  In times of special need, Catholics pray to the saints as mediators.

What does the Bible say about saints? Lots!  The New Testament is full of information about saints.  

Who are the saints?

Every sinner who puts his trust in Christ is saved and born again as a  child of God and is a saint. Saints are holy, set apart people of God.  All of the New Testament Epistles were written to born again members of local churches and they are all addressed as saints.  For a small sampling of this truth read some of Paul’s salutations to the churches. Romans 1:7  I Corinthians 1:2  II Corinthians 1:1  Ephesians 1:1  Philippians 1:1   Colossians 1:2 

Are saints always saintly? 

None of us are very saintly.  Learning to live as a saint is a life long process.  The son of a king is born a prince, but he seldom acts like a prince.  He has much to learn.  Tutors and governesses are used to train him to live as a prince. 

So we who put our trust in Christ are born again into God’s family as saints.  However, it takes a lifetime of being in God’s Word and being surrendered to the indwelling Holy Spirit for us to learn to BECOME Godly saints.  

In Ephesians 4:1 Paul beseeches the saints in
Ephesus to walk worthy of their calling as saints. That process is known as SANCTIFICATION.   Read more about that in my next article in this series on the topic.
 

Are you a saint?

If you are the typical failing Christian you may cower in shame and humility and say, “I’m no saint!”   But the fact of the matter is, if you are a Christian, you ARE a saint. In Heaven you will rejoice in the perfection Christ has given you. See the song of the saints in Revelation 5:8-10 

 Now if you are a Christian, get into the Word and start learning how to live as the saint, which you are.  

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April 25, 2006 - Posted by | Roman Catholicism

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