Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Are Saints real? What is a “Saint” in the Bible?

The term “saint” comes from the same family of words that “holy” and “sanctified” come from. In its most basic sense, the word “saint” means “one who is holy or sanctified”. In Christian tradition (not Scripture), certain individuals throughout history have been identified as saints, such as Saint James or Saint Mother Theresa. It is because of this misidentification, that some have become confused when looking at the Bible and observing how the word “saint” is actually used.

Who is a saint?
A saint is one who is “holy”. The New Testament mentions “saints” often. In (Acts 9:13) the “saints in Jerusalem” are mentioned. (Romans 1:7) mentions those “called as saints” and (8:27) says the Holy Spirit “intercedes for the saints”. 2nd Corinthians and other New Testament letters are addressed to “the saints”. Ultimately, a saint, is a Christian. When one is saved, they are made holy, thus they are made a “saint” by God.

All Christians are saints, not just church leaders, Bishops or preachers. Just because a person is called a “saint” does not mean that they intercede for us in prayer or have the ability to perform miracles. When God washes away our sins at baptism, He makes us “saints”.

The true meaning of the word “saint” is often misunderstood. Saint is a synonym for “holy ones”, “the sanctified”, and “the saved”.

By Cliff Sabroe