Thursday, February 26, 2015

Words of Comfort: Sainthood.


There are those who believe that someone must be dead for many years, and have performed miracles, before he can be “exalted” to sainthood. Not so. Paul is writing to living people and, as he often begins his letters, he refers to them as “saints.” The word “saint” comes from the same Hebrew root as “sanctified” and “holy,” which mean “set apart.” The moment we are born again, God sets us apart from the world (sanctifies us) for His use. In addressing the Corinthian church, Paul writes: “to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:2). A saint is not someone who has lived a “holy” life, but a forgiven sinner who has called upon the name of Jesus and been made righteous by the grace of God.

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