Thursday, August 29, 2013
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” (1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV).
Behold, the identity that we Christians have in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Usually, the Bible uses the word “saint” to describe Christians living on earth.
In Ephesians 3:8, the great Apostle Paul humbly declared that he was “the least of all saints”—Paul, a “saint,” was not in heaven here (he was in prison in Rome!). Again, while he was in prison, Paul penned in Philippians 4:21,22 that the Philippians were to “salute [greet] every saint in Christ Jesus” and that “the saints salute [them], chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.” Were they to greet the saints in heaven? Where is “Caesar’s household?” In heaven, or in the Roman emperor’s palace in Rome on planet earth?
Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 6:2,3: “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” Notice the synonyms—“saints,” “you,” and “we,” meaning the Corinthians living on earth are “saints!” Again, even Paul considered himself a “saint” (indicated by the pronoun “we”), and Paul certainly was not in heaven when he wrote that either.
The writer of the book of Hebrews praises his audience for “ministering to the saints” (6:10). Where are these “saints?” In heaven, or on earth? When he instructed, “Salute… all the saints” (13:24), did he mean believers in heaven, or believers on earth?
Whether physically dead or alive, all believers in the God of the Bible (Jesus Christ) are still redeemed from sin and everlasting hellfire. They are still “in the LORD.” Psalm 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Even after death, they are still called “saints” (Matthew 27:52,53; Revelation 16:6; Revelation 17:6; Revelation 18:24). But why has God made them “saints?”
Now, let us see the role of the saints in God’s plan for the ages….