The word saint is from the Greek word hagios – consecrated to God, holy, sanctified, sacred. (Sanctified, holy, saint – all the same root.) We are set apart, and are also called to be set apart:
—– “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy”
In God’s Word, the word describes a group set apart for the Lord; His body; the church; Christians:—– “Greet every saint in Christ Jesus…” —– “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints” —– “Peter…came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda” —– “receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints ” —– “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” —– “But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints”
Some cults say a certain man can decide who is or isn’t a saint.
DON’T LISTEN TO THEM. Only the Lord sets people apart for His use in His kingdom.
Some cults say that what people do, or don’t do, has some connection with their salvation.
DON’T LISTEN TO THEM. God’s Word is very clear, everyone who has received Jesus Christ by faith is a saint.
Some cults say certain saints should be honored above others.
DON’T LISTEN TO THEM. Saints are called to revere, worship, and pray to God alone.
God is setting apart a people for Himself. By the blood of Christ, we can have access to the Most Holy Place, near to the heart of God.
Oh, how I want to be in that number when the saints go marching in!