If Your Not a Saint -- You Can Be!
7/15/2013

If Your Not a Saint -- You Can Be!
John Gray

The Roman Catholic concept of "sainthood" is foreign to the New Testament. No process implemented upon this earth (religious or secular) can alter the status of those who have died already. Superstition must be laid aside, and replaced with Scripture, if one is to please the Creator.

 

In the New Testament, the term "saint" is derived from the Greek word hagios meaning "separated." Consider these biblical facts relating to this expression.

 

1. The term refers to an ordinary member of Christ's church; one who has previously submitted to the conditions of gospel obedience. Paul addressed some of his letters to the "saints" in various places. These were living Christians, not corpses.

 

a)   Php 1:1 ASV.  "Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:"

b)  Php 4:21 ASV.  "Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren that are with me salute you."

c)   2Th 1:10 ASV.  "when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at in all them that believed (because our testimony unto you was believed) in that day."

 

2. A "saint" is one who has gone through the process of sanctification (hagiasmos). This noun denotes that which has been "set apart" for a special purpose in the service of God.  When a person becomes a Christian, they become a "Saint" and they are set apart from the world for divine service.

a)   Ordinary Christians are set apart.  2Co 6:17 ASV.  "Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you,"

b)  Ordinary Christians enjoy a special "Sanctified" relationship with the Lord.  Act 20:32 ASV.  "And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified."

 

3. The process involved in becoming a "saint" includes the following simple steps in the plan of redemption and it is available to all who would hear God and obey.

a)   First, one must hear the word of God.  Rom 10:17 ASV.  "So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."

b)  Second, one must believe in Christ as Lord and Savior.  Joh 8:24 ASV.  "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." 

c)   Third, he must repent of all past sins.  Act 2:38 ASV.  "And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." 

d)  Forth, he must confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  Php 2:11 ASV.  "and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

e)   Fifth, he must consummate these initial acts of obedience by the "washing of water".

i)    The water represents the blood of Christ.  Eph 5:26 ASV.  "that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,"

ii)   We are declared to be righteous by the obedient act of baptism.  1Co 6:11 ASV.  "And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God."

iii) Note.  The "water" is an allusion to baptism (a burial in water).  Rom 6:3-4 ASV.  "(3) Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  (4)  We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life."

Conclusion: All Christians (who walk worthily of their calling) are "sanctified" folks that God call His "saints."

 

Eph 4:1 ASV.  I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called,

 

The Roman Catholic concept of "sainthood" is foreign to the New Testament. No process implemented upon this earth (religious or secular) can alter the status of those who have died already. Superstition must be laid aside, and replaced with Scripture, if one is to please the Creator.




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