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PostSubject: SAINTS OR SINNERS   Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:21 am

Saint Or Sinner?






To be a “Saint” means that you are a Holy One. It is a biblical expression used to describe a Christian who has been saved and set apart from the world.

Let’s read some scriptural references to saints:


Rom. 1:7-


“7 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.”


This is a scriptural reference used to describe the Christians in Rome. They are loved by God and “His own Holy People”…This verse separates the Christians from the rest of the population from God’s perspective…



1 Sam 2:9-
“8 He lifts the poor from the dust
and the needy from the garbage dump.
He sets them among princes,
placing them in seats of honor.
For all the earth is the Lord’s,
and he has set the world in order.”


This is a scriptural reference to show you that what you were in God’s eyes is not who you are to him now. Once you accept his son as your Lord and Savior and acknowledge the gospel, repent, and believe, you are among the high ranking to God. Not only are you high ranking but he says he sets you among princes, in other words you are in a royal position in Gods family once you accept Christ.





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All Christians are considered holy and set apart, or saints.

Let us look at some more scriptural references:


Eph. 1:12-14-


“12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.”



This verifies that once you believe in Jesus you are made holy and set apart as a saint in God’s army. Not only are you a saint but he gave you his Holy Spirit to set you apart from the world!




1 Peter 2:5, 9-

Reference 1.

“5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.* through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”

Reference 2.

“9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,* a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”


We are his Holy Priests, we please God through Christ. We are a chosen people, a holy nation; we are the light to the world!!!







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Through years people have misinterpreted what “Saints” means, people use it in a mocking manner, but saint does not mean that we are perfect and without flaw. Saint means that we are different in God’s view and a role model for others; we are just those people who have accepted Jesus Christ. If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior then you are a saint too. That does not mean you are perfect, we are all work in progress, that just means that we are saved….


Let us look at 2 more scriptural references pertaining to us as saints:


Phil.1:1-


“This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the elders* and deacons.”


This references Paul and Timothy as “Slaves to Christ”, not meant in a derogatory way, it is meant in a humble servitude way, they have dedicated their lives to the service of Christ. They refer to the other Christians they are writing as God’s “Holy People”, the people who belong to Christ. That is us Holy and set apart- the saints…



Phil 4:21-


“21 Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—all who belong to Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you their greetings.”


This is another reference using the same chapter just a different verse. It says , once again, that we are Holy people- who belong to Jesus Christ. Once again the letter is separating Christians from the rest of population and calling them “Holy”...

In all scriptural references used in this study they are referring to anyone who has accepted Christ, have you accepted him and made yourself Holy and set apart?
Are you a “Saint” or a “Sinner”?



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Questions


What is a Saint? _______________________________________________


What is a Sinner? __________________________________________________


How does God feel about Saints? ___________________________________________________


Does being a saint make you perfect? Why or why not? ___________________________________________________


Are you a saint or a sinner? ___________________________________________________


What can you do to keep your sainthood? ___________________________________________________


How can you help others to become saints? ____________________________________________________

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