Have you ever known anyone who said “Saints Alive!” as an exclamation? It’s an old fashioned expression usually made by a seasoned citizen who’s a bit of a character. But I’ve been thinking that, like that expression, “sainthood” has lost its relevancy.
When many of us think of a saint we think of a dusty, ancient figure of history – Saint Peter, Saint Paul, Saint Matthew, and my favorite, Saint Bartholomew… I just like writing that last name…Bartholomew.
On one extreme, some religious institutions teach that saints are rare and exceptional people, who must go through some long, drawn-out examination to be found worthy of the title, “Saint.” In fact, many of these organizations would insist that a person must be dead before he or she can be “canonized” with sainthood. On the other extreme are people that think the only saints around today play football in New Orleans. But both these views are just Biblically wrong.
The Bible makes it very clear that saints are not extraordinary, dead people. They are, in fact, very ordinary, alive people like you and me. Anyone who has acknowledged that Jesus Christ died for their sins and lives as the controlling person in their lives is indeed a saint of God… anyone and everyone.
Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. Jude 3
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, SAINTS BY CALLING, WITH ALL who in every place CALL ON THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, their Lord and ours: 1 Corinthians 1:2
Notice that saints are located right here on earth, not sitting with folded hands in some celestial chapel.
As for the saints WHO ARE IN THE EARTH, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. Philippians 4:21
… the saints who lived at Lydda. Acts 9:32
…to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Romans 1:7
Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Romans 16:15
… To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 1:1
… To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi… Philippians 1:1
We can also note that Biblical references of the saints are not in the past tense. If we’re going to live as saints in today’s world we can’t be “past tense” people. The saints are indeed alive!
All the saints greet you. 2 Corinthians 13:13
So, I’ve been thinking, do I live as a saint in today’s world? Is my sainthood relevant in a society that is growing more and more ungodly? Perhaps one of the reasons for the spiritual decline of our neighborhoods, cities, states, countries, and continents is that the saints are not acting alive.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, Ephesians 1:18
Think about it…