3 Bible Tips: Are You a Saint?
Some people readily admit, "I'm no saint," as if being a saint were a rare and unreachable goal. But what is a saint according to the Bible, and should we want to be one?
Saint in the New Testament is translated from the Greek word hagioi, which is related to the Greek hagios—holy.
1. God is holy and commands us to become holy as He is.
"But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Peter 1:15-16; see also Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7; Matthew 5:48).
2. God calls all members of His Church to be holy—to be saints.
"To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours" (1 Corinthians 1:2).
3. God's saints obey Him and remain faithful to the end.
"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12).
For more about becoming a saint, see "The Beautiful Process of Becoming a Saint."