Why is it that so many Christian terms are now derogatory in nature?
“She thinks she’s a saint!” is now commonly heard when someone is arrogant and prideful, a know-it-all or a hypocrite. It has become something we do NOT want to be.
Yet God through Paul says otherwise.
If you believe in Jesus then you have been sanctified (made sacred, holy, and righteous) through the blood of Jesus. That we “together with all the saints” (Ephesians 3:18) may know the fullness of God.
We hear all the time, “I’m no saint.” Well, actually, if you’re a believer, you are.
Sure, you can chuck this up to euphemism or a figure of speech. But our words are powerful and we should heed their hidden or implied messages.
Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Jesus tells us “The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean'” in Matthew 15:18
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up…”
Over time, all languages change including English. New words and expressions are being added every day. Some due to technology (IPad); others, slang (cool or rad come to mind). Meanings change and some disappear all together.
But we should we wary when an underlying spiritual war is taking place. I believe this is the case in this instance and many other ways where sacred words from the Bible are being twisted. As we learned, it is Satan, working through the minds of unbelievers (Ephesians 2:2), who has twisted such words and tried to rob them of their power and meaning.
Our words and our language is as much a part of us as our arm: integral to living. We must treat them as such; monitor its well-being; be wary of what it does/says. And not give in to peer pressure and society’s whims when it comes to berating the Christian faith.
When we hear the word ‘saint’ many of us think of the Saints who have been recognized by the Catholic religion as holy: St Patrick, St Valentine, St Michael, St Joseph, St Francis of Assisi, St Christopher, and thousands of others.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the first definition of saint is what I knew: “one officially recognized esp. through canonization as preeminent for holiness.” Definition #3: “One of God’s chosen and usually Christian people.”
My Bible Dictionary has a fascination explanation of the origin of the word in terms of the Catholic usage (which does not correspond to Biblical usage it points out). But in short, a saint is “a person sacred to God” according to Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary by J.D Douglas and Merrill C Tenney.
I don’t know about you but I LOVE the idea that I (plain, ol’, insignificant me) am sacred to God! I usually think of it as God being sacred, not me. He is sacred to me. Not I am sacred to Him. But it makes sense. Why else would He sacrifice His son?
This is what I love about BSF. The Bible is so rich you can and do spend a lifetime studying and learning about it and BSF prompts me to learn things I otherwise wouldn’t think of (such as being a saint).
I had never heard of all Christians being Saints before now. But if you are in Christ, have the Holy Spirit dwell within you then you are a Saint. You don’t have to do any special works to be one (as I previously believed from definition #1 of Webster’s).
Therefore, I am a saint. And I hope and pray you are too.