When was the last time you felt discouraged? Maybe you're feeling discouraged right now (cos life on this planet ain't easy). Let's try and change your discouragement for encouragement? - here's some amazing news that few seem to realise: YOU ARE A SAINT OF GOD!
Saint Alison. Saint Laurie. Saint Karen. Saint Noel. Hey, we're all saints!!! Before you think I've totally lost my marbles, let me explain, so that we can grab this wonderful fact - true for each one of us.
IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
First, there were saints in OT times! When Jesus died on the cross a number of amazing things happened, e.g.
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of saints who slept were raised...
Old Testament men and women, long since dead, were raised up - and the Bible calls them SAINTS!!!
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Secondly, we - that is, every person who has ever trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ - have been called SAINTS! And that's starting in Acts and in almost every book of the New Testament through to Revelation! Does that surprise you?
You see we need to FULLY follow the Bible as God's true and perfect Word!! NOT to be conformed to what the world says or thinks, NOR to any other teaching that is not in full accord with this Word of our God.
THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT:
There are dozens of verses that call us Believers SAINTS of God, e.g., Paul greeting the church at Corinth:
1 CORINTHIANS 1:2
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be SAINTS, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
So all who call upon the name of Jesus are SAINTS!!! You are a SAINT! I am a SAINT!
BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Also in the verse above is the word sanctified, which simply means "to be set apart for some special purpose". What purpose?? - A SAINT is simply someone God has called and appointed to be HIS man, his woman!!! Can you handle that? I sure can!! You are a saint of the living God right now. Wow, what an amazing HONOUR!
I just love all of this. *excited* And to make absolutely CERTAIN that we "get this" there's an unbreakable connection between these three Scriptural words:
.. sanctify/sanctified, and
YES, 'HOLY' TOO!
We've previously talked about being righteous and holy. That's His will for us. Well, this is amazing. The New Testament is written in Greek, and the root word that ALL the above words come from IS THE SAME ONE: hagos!!!! Thus we can be certain of the unbreakable connection between being a SAINT, being SANCTIFIED, and being HOLY. Man, that all totally blows my brain!!
IMPORTANT!!! GREAT news:
WE DO NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE A SAINT.
We're ALREADY SAINTS - and it's GOD Who calls us this.
So let's live as who we are, and not contradict Him, eh!
1. The New Testament says that we are all SAINTS, called by our God to be His chosen set apart ones. (HE chose me; HE chose you! WOW!!)
2. We're also called to be SANCTIFIED, i.e., to be living more and more as His people, living HIS way, living as HE wants.
3. We are to be HOLY (and righteous: living the RIGHT way) - once again set apart for our Lord and God.
Bless us all, together, as we live as SAINTS of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords to Whom we belong!!!
- BM and his Lady