By Larry Miles
If someone were to say to you, "are you a holy person; are you a saint? How would you answer them? Would you say, "no, I am neither." Or would you say, "I sure am!" Would one of the answers right? Or would both be wrong or would the right answer be a combination of the two?
The answer we give depends on how much we understand how the Bible uses these terms. If we take the definitions of the world we are holy or a saint. But if we. Use scriptural definitions then we qualify on both counts. But we must note that neither description is true if we try to fulfill their requirements on our own merit.
The Word of God says, "be holy for I am Holy." The only away that Christians can be holy is that Christ imputed His righteousness to us. We can be "holy" if we seek to be "conformed to the image of the love of the Lord in our lives and help others find their way out of the "kingdom of darkness" and help them find the marvelous light of the Gospel (1 Peter 2:9).." We can be "holy" if we live for him and obey and keep His Word and show forth the
The question was "are you a saint?". We are not in the way many in the world and many in some realms of Christendom view that word. According to the Bible "saints" are living Christians, in fact, all Christians are "saints" in the scriptural application of the word.
The word simply means ones who are sanctified, ones that are called out. Christians have been called out of serving Satan and now are "in Christ.".
Paul refers to Christians as saints both in Eph. 1:1 and in Phil. 1:1. So, all Christians are saints. Now if we live up to the word that is another question. We must put our faith into action. Jesus said, "if you love Me you will keep my commandments." Are you doing that, my fellow believer? Are you living daily for Him who died for you? If so, praise the Lord! Continue to build yourselves up in the most holy faith, living your life for Jesus, knowing that you can impact a lost world with the Gospel and help strengthen the saved by your ministry and work for our Lord.
If you are not seeking daily to "grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus," then you need to repent of your sin of not following Jesus completely. Our Lord has prom is His people if they will look to Him for guidance He will give it. He will equip you for service.
He will give you the resources you need to live holy lives. We are saints, let's live up to what that word means biblically and "let our light shine for Him" so that we may bring"glory to our Heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:14-16)
- Larry Miles lives in Louisville, KY and publishes "Larry's Lines" several times a week. Copyright 2009. Visit his website: http://larryslines.com/