Who is a Saint?

Contrary to popular belief it is not man who determines who is a saint, it is GOD. Looking at the numerous verses related to saints in the Holy Scriptures, it is obvious saints are not named after their death, but are called saints while still very much alive and on this earth. In 1 Corinthians 1:2 the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth gives a clear definition of who is a saint, “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. Throughout Scripture everyone who had, like King David in Psalm 51, confessed their sin to God, repented of their sin, and trusted in Christ as Savior are called saints.

Luke wrote in Acts 9:32 of Peter’s travels, “he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.” Upon Peter’s involvement in the raising of Dorcas from the dead, Dr. Luke further writes, “When he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive,” (9:41). In his testimony before King Agrippa, the Apostle Paul related to him in Acts 26:10, “many of the saints did I shut up in prison.” To be in prison one must be alive. It is not after death one is named a saint by mere man.

The Apostle Paul’s references to saints in his letters to the churches at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colosse clearly show he is speaking of all those who have placed their faith and trust in Christ for salvation, as the saints of God:

“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” – Romans 1:7

“He that searcheth the hearts… maketh intercession for the saints” – Romans 8:27

“Distributing to the necessity of saints” – Romans 12:13

“Now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints” – Romans 15:25

“To make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem” – Romans 15:26

“My service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints” – Romans 15:31

“That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints” – Romans 16:2

“Salute… all the saints which are with them” – Romans 16:15

“Dare any of you… go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?” – 1 Corinthians 6:1

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” – 1 Corinthians 6:2

“Churches of the saints” – 1 Corinthians 14:33

“The collection for the saints” – 1 Corinthians 16:1

“Addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints” – 1Corinthians 16:15

“With all the saints which are in all Achaia” – 2 Corinthians 1:1

“Ministering to the saints” – 2 Corinthians 8:4; 9:1

“The want of the saints” – 2 Corinthians 9:12

“All the saints salute you” –   2 Corinthians 13:13

“To the saints which are at Ephesus” – Ephesians 1:1

“Love unto all the saints” – Ephesians 1:15

“His inheritance in the saints” – Ephesians 1:18

“Fellowcitizens with the saints” – Ephesians 2:19

“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints” – Ephesians 3:8

“Comprehend with all saints” – Ephesians 3:18

“The perfecting of the saints” – Ephesians 4:12

“Let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” – Ephesians 5:3

“Praying always… for all saints” – Ephesians 6:18

“To all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi” – Philippians 1:1

“Salute every saint in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:21

“All the saints salute you” – Philippians 4:22

“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse” – Colossians 1:2

“The love which ye have to all the saints” – Colossians 1:4

“Partakers of the inheritance of the saints” – Colossians 1:12

“Now is made manifest to His saints” – Colossians 1:26


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