On Being Saints
"To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 1:1
These days the word 'saint' has been reserved for those who are particularly self-sacrificing and hard working. Even the dictionary defines 'saint' as one who has been officially recognized by the church for their holiness. Yet this is not the way the word 'saint' is used in the New Testament. Paul often started his letters to the churches in the same manner as the one quoted above. Often he closed with such words as, "All the saints send their greetings" (2 Corinthians 13:13). Paul understood that all Christians are saints. Not because they have achieved some high standard of holiness but because God achieved it for them.
"But now he (God) has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight without blemish and free from accusation" (Colossians 1:22). Because of the cross we have been made holy. Therefore when we look in the mirror, we can say with confidence, "I am a saint." We may not feel like a saint or even look like a saint but the Word of God is not dependent on feelings or physical sight.
It is important that we realize we have been made holy because the devil, "the accuser of our brothers" (Revelation 12:10) is quick to remind us of our shortcomings and make us feel unworthy. Through the word of God we have the right to dispute the devil's lies and remind him that we are indeed, God's saints.
Written by Susan Barnes