Friday, January 05, 2007

Saints (Colossians 1:2)

Today most people think of saints as a select few Christians who live exemplary lives. In the bible saints are synonymous with "the church", with "those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus", and with "all on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord." (1 Cor. 1:2) The general meaning of saint is one who is called out of the world to live a holy life for God.

The Roman Catholic church has made sainthood into an honor bestowed upon certain notable individuals by the church after their death. These individuals are then able to bestow blessing and merit upon those who pray to and worship them. This doctrine is foreign to the scripture.

Among Protestants today, the word "saints" has almost totally lost its original denotation, that is, of being set aside for the exclusive ownership and use of the Triune God. Very few people in the Christian Church today would consider themselves to be "saints", for the word today has the [Roman Catholic] meaning almost universally. Unfortunately the original meaning of the word "saints" has largely fallen into disuse. (The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love how God uses Paul to address believers as saints. I know for certain that the Corinthinas did not seem like saints, but they were in their position in christ. I am a saint, not a converted sinner, just like a butterfly is not a converted worm! When I agree with God's calling of me as a saint, then I tend to excuse myself as a sinner less. I want to become more like a saint in my actions and less like a sinner. It is amazing that because of Jesus'blood covering my unrighteousness with His righteousness, I am a saint!