To begin, I just want to say I love Catholics and I love Catholicism. You are all my brothers and sisters in Christ, despite your denomination.
Now, belief doesn’t make us a saint. Satan believes in God, and is not a saint. A saint, by definition, can mean “holy one”, physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated, etc. The Greek word for this is ἅγιος (hagios; hag’-ee-os). A saint, from my point of view, is a born again Christian through whom God is working. While saints exist in Heaven, there are saints here on the earth. I am sure that I am a saint, and that you too are a saint. We are born again Christians who God works through. I know I am because I’m convicted when I sin, I pray, I read the Bible, I confess my faith to all, I am not ashamed of Christ, I am hurt when people blaspheme, etc.
Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
We learn in the book of Acts that there are (where) saints on earth in Jerusalem and Lydda. Let’s look at another verse:
But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
Paul tells us that he went to Jerusalem to minister to saints. Obviously heavenly saints need not be ministered to. Paul is talking about earthly saints.
There were saints in Ephesus as well:
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Paul told the Philippians to greet all the saints:
*Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send greetings. *
The general idea of the word “saints” are a group of people set apart for the Lord. There are three references referring to godly character of saints.
I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.
*to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up *
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
Scripturally speaking, the “saints” are the body of Christ; Christians. All Christians are considered saints. All Christian are saints, and at the same time are called to be saints. Christians are saints by virtue of their connection with Jesus Christ.
Stick that in your holy water and drink it! :whackadoo:
Don’t strangle your son. When fall comes, gather as many leaves as you can and fill his room with them. :newidea: