*Good Morning Saints,*
Topic: Who is a Saint? Part 2
By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
I hope you read Part one of my teaching on “Who is a Saint? Pls read if you miss it. There I explained that the word *Saint throughout scripture is not a name for special Christians but Christians in general*. It’s a name for all believers who truly have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. I gave for biblical references and would like to add more to further buttress my point in this teaching.
5. Philippians 4:21
*Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you*.
Here Paul was greeting the Church in Philippe and he called them Saint. Do you think everyone in this church are without a weakness? No. We shall consider flaws in many of these churches very soon. You can also read Phil.1:1, 4:22
6. Philemon 1:7
*For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the SAINTS ARE REFRESHED by thee, brother.*
7. *Hebrews 6:10*
*For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have MINISTERED TO THE SAINTS, and do minister.*
The Saints here are Christians like every other. Paul was telling believers who are working in Church that God will not forget their labour and work they are doing for Saint, that is, fellow Christians. How? When they sweep, clean chairs, sing etc for other believers to be comfortable . Believers are called Saint.
8. Colossians 1:2
*To the SAINTS and faithful brethren in Christ which are at COLOSSE: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Jesus Christ.*
Here Paul was greeting the people of Colosse to whom he wrote the book of Colossians. He addressed them as Saint. Does it mean all believers there were perfect? No.
Finally, let me summarize it in Ephesians and show you something.
In Ephesians 1:1, Paul said:
*_Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the SAINTS which are at EPHESUS, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:_*
He called Christians in Ephesus Saint at the beginning of the verse but them in Chapter 4:11-12, the Bible says:
*And he GAVE some, APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS;*
*For the PERFECTING of the SAINTS, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:*
You see, the five fold ministry was given to the Body of Christ for the PERFECTING OF THE SAINT.
Note this: He already called them Saint, then, he said those offices were given to perfect the same Saint. That shows he was talking of the Church. They were already Saint and perfect in spirit through the regeneration that took place at salvation but aren’t perfect in the soul and flesh. They are blameless before God because of what Jesus had done on the Calvary tree but need to mature more in there outward life and in relationship with God to ensure victorious Christian life. The ministerial gifts and offices were given to help them grow and develop the muscles needed to triumph over the hurdles of life either spiritually or otherwise.
In Ephesians 6:18, the Bible says:
*Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and SUPPLICATION for all SAINTS;*
Who are the Saints here? The Church
Let’s round up this Part with Romans 1:7 which says:
*To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, CALLED TO BE SAINTS: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.*
Brethren, there are more than hundred references that proves Saints are simply Christians and not special individuals that are Holier than thou.
I did this teaching to educate folks who thinks that they cannot be addressed as Saint though genuinely Born again. I called a sister I know to be genuinely Born again Saint sometimes ago and she bluffed and was uncomfortable thinking that the name can only be used for the most perfects G.O’s and Bishops 😃😃😃
Tomorrow we shall look at weaknesses in the early Church and what we can learn from it in relating to the topic under consideration.
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Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
Oracle of God
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