Saints #655

21  Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22  All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household. (Philippians 4:21–22, NKJV)

Who is a saint? The western world generally regards someone who does extraordinary good for others as a saint. The Catholic Church canonizes their saints and prays to them. But the Bible refers to every Christian as a saint. The apostle Paul regarded all the Christians in Philippi as saints, addressing them as saints (Phil. 1:1). In his closing salutation he again referred to them as saints, along with the brethren in Rome. The word “saint” means “holy one”. Every Christian is called to “be holy” as God is holy (1 Pet. 1:15-16). The gospel calls us to be holy, to be sanctified – to be saints (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11). If you catch yourself excusing your sin by saying, “I’m not a saint”, perhaps you should ask yourself, “Why not?”