#3 Saint Malcolm
The Apostle Paul addresses all his Epistles to saints in the various churches. See Romans 1:7, I Cor. 1:1-2, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 4:21-22 and Colossians 1:2. Every Christian, no matter how young in The Faith, is a saint. Thus even I am a saint, Saint Malcolm, although I have a long way to go in becoming saintly and you are a saint if you are trusting Christ for your salvation.
Who are the saints?
They are not people who think they are better than others nor are they people whom the church has declared saints. They are those who have recognized themselves as sinners in need of God’s gracious provision of salvation. They have been justified by grace through faith in the blood sacrifice of Christ and are in the process of being sanctified or set apart from the rest of the world as God’s holy possession.
Though every Christian is declared a saint, most of us are not saintly. Becoming saintly is a lifetime process. I liken a saint to a prince. A prince is born a prince, but he is not very princely. It takes years of training by tutors and governors to become princely.
Old Testament Saints
Being saintly is not just a New Testament idea. We read of saints throughout the Old Testament. Here are some examples.
In Jude 14-15 we read of Enoch, seven generations from Adam. Enoch, walked with God. His story is told in Genesis 5:18-24. There in Jude we learn of how Enoch prophesied of the time when one day Christ would return with all His tens of thousands of saints to rule over this earth.
Moses writes about Israel, God’s saints, in Deuteronomy 33:1-3
In Hannah’s prayer, found in I Samuel 2:1-9, this mother of Samuel speaks of God’s protection of His saints.
King Solomon in his prayer of dedication of the temple he had built, prays in II Chronicles 6:41-42 that God’s saints may rejoice in God’s goodness.
Eliphaz, one of Job’s false comforters speaks the truth about saints in Job 15:14-15. “Behold He (God) putteth no trust in His saints; yea the Heavens are not clean in His sight.”
The Psalms refer repeatedly concerning saints. Read about them in Psalm 16:1-3, 30:4, 31:22-24, 37:25-28. 97:10, 116:15-19.
Proverbs 2:8 tells us of how God protects the paths of His saints.
In Daniel 7:18 we read of the latter days when God’s saints will possess the Kingdom of God.
What do these Old Testament references to the saints, teach the saints of this Church Age? I believe it shows us that we His saints can study the Old Testament and be edified as we apply Old Testament promises to ourselves. When we, His saints of this Church Age read of the inspired Scriptures, we are profited as we read and study both the Old Testament and the New Testament. I do not agree with those who teach that the Old Testament was only for Israel and the New Testament is only for the Church. I believe and I have preached from both the Old and New Testament to the church throughout my ministry. There are lessons for the Church in all 66 books of the Bible, we learn in II Timothy 3:16-17.
In Romans 1:8-13 Paul is thankful for the testimony of the Church in Rome and longs to come to them and be comforted by them.
Next time you as a Christian fail the Lord by dabbling in sin, don’t be so quick to brush it off by saying to yourself or to others, “After all, I’m no saint!” Yes you are a saint if you as a sinner have put your trust in Christ for your salvation. So get into the Bible, surrender to Christ and start becoming saintly. That is, live a life of integrity, a life that integrates with the Word of God.
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