Over the last few years I've read about Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Quite the story! Here's a link or two if you want to learn a wee bit more.
No doubt about it, Patrick deserves the title "saint". A great evangelist to the then-pagan Emerald Isle, his mark is still seen throughout. He even is supposed to have done some miraculous things, which makes him even more worthy of saint...right?
Are you a believer in Jesus Christ? I mean "believer" in the sense that you have personally trusted in Him alone as your Savior. Lots of people recognize Jesus as the Son of God, etc., but have never done the new birth decision, putting total faith in His life, death and resurrection for forgiveness of sin and everlasting life.
So are you? If not, I invite you to visit this Facebook page and learn how you can become a Christian.
If you are, then may I call you "Saint _______"? That's who the Bible says you are.
The word "saint" in the Greek language penned by the Apostles means "holy ones". Not "perfect", but "holy" or "set apart". Once you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior He then sets you apart from the world around you, and for His service.
The New Testament writers, Luke (in the book of Acts), the Apostle Paul (in most of his letters to the churches), Jude and John in Revelation used the term saints to address the Christians in the churches or to speak about them. Never was the word "saints" used to designate a select one or few from the church, but included them all. For example:
To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints. - Romans 1:7
To God’s church at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called as saints, with all those in everyplace who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord—theirs and ours. - 1 Corinthians 1:2
All the saints greet you. - 2 Corinthians 13:12b
If you are in Christ you are a saint. His expectation is that you and I will act like it! Just don't expect to have a cathedral named in your memory.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
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