Words, over time, when used wrongly can develop distorted meanings. An example is the word “saint.” In popular usage (and among some religious groups) it has come to stand for a person of unusual spirituality and holiness – a “super-saint” if you please – someone “a cut above” the ordinary level of Christian.
How unfortunate! How demeaning! That is NOT the Biblical meaning of the word!! Biblically, the word denotes high privilege and standing given to ordinary people (sinners if you please) who have come to know Christ personally and experienced His forgiveness, salvation and grace from every strata of society, every race, and every position in life! I was reminded of this marvelous truth as I read the opening words of 1 Corinthians this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord!” Here it is from the New Living Translation…
“I am writing to … you who have been called by God to be his own holy people (“saints”). He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”
Now, I want to encourage you to do what I did today… stop for a moment and picture what that verse says!! Let a scene develop in your mind… a group of ordinary people “He has made holy by means of Christ Jesus – all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” – people from every nation, people of every color, background and position in life (rich, poor, educated, uneducated, men, women, children, privileged, underprivileged, famous, infamous, etc.) … SAINTS (because of what God did for them “in Christ Jesus”). Praise the Lord!!!