*Good Morning Saints*,
*Topic: *Who is a Saint Part 1?*
By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
Wrong biblical teachings and half baked truth have been the meal of many believers for decades and such kinds of teaching has ruined the effect of the cross more than any other thing for many generations.
Beloved, If you don’t want to loose your real identity in Christ, start reading the Bible for yourself and most importantly the epistles written to the Church. New Testament should take more of your meditation because it’s written to you and for you. Old Testament is wonderful too but it’s written to the Jews but for our own learning. There is different between the two but all is inspired by the Holy Spirit and profitable.
Many people see the Word Saint as sacred so much that they are unworthy to be called a Saint.
The word “Saint” was used in the entire Bible as follows
*Saint* (5) times
*Saints* (95)times and *Saints’* once.
It is totally used *101times*.
You see, *_the word saint doesn’t mean special people without sin_*. There is nothing like sinless man base on the definition of sin. Jesus is the only man that came and leave the world a sinless man.
All genuine Christians are blameless before God today not because they haven’t erred but because Jesus has paid for their sins. A Christian could make mistakes, that doesn’t change his/her nature as a child of God and when they ask for forgiveness,their sins will be forgiven. At one time in life, all Christians have done it before. *I don’t mean a Christian can dwelling in sin but he can make mistake because every disobedience is a sin.* There is different between making mistake and dwelling in sin. Only God is sinless.
Listen, you don’t need a professor after graduation. You need them to graduate and pass your grade. Holy Spirit is our professor, if we are totally perfect without further correction and knows all things, we won’t need the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us so that we can walk with God perfectly(John 14:16). No one can ever boast he hasn’t disobeyed or miss the Holy Spirit leading before.
So, why am I saying ?
*_Saint is not a word for already perfect people but for those who have given their total lives to God and walk in His precept_*. They may have a weakness that need to be work upon but that doesn’t change who they are. They are saint even as they strive daily to please the master and live in conformity with the will of God.
Genuine Salvation is the license to sainthood. I will show you who are called saint in the bible with the following scriptures:
The words saint, saints and saints were used altogether 62 times in the New Testament which I have read all. In all of its usage, it is used for the Church of God, that is, those who have truly known the Lord as Saviour.
*1. Acts 9:13*
Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy *saints* at Jerusalem:
Who are the people Ananias was calling saints here? The disciples of Jesus. Not even the 12 disciples alone but all those who accepted Jesus as Lord and followed him during his earthly ministry.
*2. Acts 9:32*
And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the *saints* which dwelt at Lydda.
Here, who are the saints? The convert Peter was following up. Peter was doing follow up of newly converted saints. Luke the writer of Acts called the newly born again believers here saint. If they were already perfect, even Peter wouldn’t have bothered following them up. Some people reading right now don’t need follow up again because they are spiritually matured but yet they make mistake and ask for forgiveness that comes with repentance.
*3. Acts 9:41*
And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the *saints* and widows, presented her alive.
Who are the saints Peter called here? The church members that sent for Peter when he was in Joppa to come and pray for the dead Dorcas. He presented Dorcas alive to the Saint. The saints there are God’s people not special people in the Church
4. *Romans 1:7*
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.
Here, Paul was greeting the Church in Rome. Paul called the Church in Rome saints not sinners. Listen, those who are called out to salvation are called saint. The Greek word(ekklesia) interpreted as Church means *the assembly of the called out* … We are called to be saint. It is a cal out from darkness to marvelous light of the kingdom of Christ that make us a saint.
Anytime Paul want to greet the people of God in all his Epistles, he will either use “the church or saint”. Read his Epistles.
Beloved, don’t be scared to be called saint. It’s not a title but the name for the people of God. We are called to be saint. That’s who we are and not what we are going to be.
I will continue tomorrow on this same topic.
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Isaac O. Agbenla
Oracle of God