The Apostle Paul addresses most of his letters to “The Saints.” He would write–to the saints in Corinth, the saints in Ephesus, Colossae etc. This struck me recently because of how most people say, “Well, I’m no saint!” I thought if you’re no saint then these letters must not be addressed to you, and you might as well not read them.
I suppose the first question is what is the definition of the word Saint? According to the “King James New Strong’s exhaustive concordance” it is number 40 in the Greek. It is hagios, hag-ee-os; (an awful thing) sacred (phys. Pure, mor. Blameless or religious, cer. Consecrated):–(most) holy (one, thing), saint. Wow! So Paul is writing to people in these varying cities and calling them sacred, pure, consecrated and holy. I can hear some now saying, “I’m not pure or holy…I’m no saint.”
It seems to me one of the enemies’ best weapons is to hijack words and their meanings. The word saint is one of them. Most of us seem to think the term saint designates someone to be above or beyond the normal, average person, and to call myself saint would come across as arrogant and prideful. We know pride isn’t the characteristic of a believer in Christ, so we just reject it right out. The problem with this way of thinking is the Apostle Paul calls these folks saints, and if you read the letters they don’t seem to have it all together either, so what’s our problem? I mean just read the Corinthian letter. It won’t take long to see Paul chided them for being immature and even carnal; yet they were “in Christ” which makes them saints.
Let’s look In Genesis 17:1-6 where we read about a conversation between a man named Abram and God. It happened like this.
“I am God Almighty;
Walk before me, and be blameless.
I will establish my covenant between
Me and you,
And I will multiply you exceedingly.”
Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,
“As for me, behold, my covenant is with you,
And you will be a father of a multitude of nations.
No longer shall your name be called Abram,
But your name shall be Abraham;
For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you.”
So there you have it. God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. Think about this for a minute. Abram had no children and yet God told him he was really Abraham (Father of a multitude of nations). So the next day he went out and his neighbors all said, “Good morning Abram” and he corrected them saying, “My name is no longer Abram it is Abraham.” Of course the neighbor says to him, with a confused look on his face, “How can you call yourself a father of a multitude of nations when you don’t have even one child?” Abraham’s response is “Because that’s what God calls me.”
The Bible addresses believers in Christ as “Saints”, so for me it is the same as with Abraham. God calls things the way he sees them and my job is to agree with him. Rather than define myself by my feelings, or my own natural reasoning, I’m just going to go with God’s assessment. You see in Christ we have been made whole, holy, blameless, beyond reproach, righteous, just, sanctified, redeemed etc. We may not always feel like these things are true, and they may not appear that way to our natural eyes or the eyes of those looking on. We are told to walk by faith and not by sight. When God says we’re something it’s because we are! The big question is “Are we going to go by how we feel or by what God says?”
Written by Louie