“Saints”, or “Aints”

Generally when we hear the word “saints” we are drawn to think of certain individuals in the Bible, or maybe even people who have been deemed saints by a church organization, but did you know that anybody who is a true Christian, a true follower of Christ is a “saint” in the light of Scripture.

Actually, the term is used in the Old Testament to refer to something that is holy; something or someone which was by nature holy, or had been “admitted to the sphere of the sacred by divine rite;” that divine rite was the offering of sacrifices. Thus, it was separated from, or set apart for something else, often a separation of the holy from the profane. In the religious sense, something “saintly” is something that has been set apart for God, or even God Himself. The basis of separation was that of the objects “holiness.” In other words, something or someone who was impure was not to be in proximity to a holy and righteous God, for example the implements used in the temple if they were unclean. Something which was “holy” was to be consecrated or dedicated to the work of the Lord, like the priests for example, and therefore were to keep themselves pure. Continue reading ““Saints”, or “Aints””

Happy or Holy?

In the classic Moby Dick the character of Father Mapple issues a quote from his famous sermon – “And if we obey God, we must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists.” What profound words to be communicated regarding the battle of believers between the flesh and the spirit. In effect, he is saying that obeying God would be so much easier if it didn’t involve disobeying ourselves.

Just because a person comes to a reconciled relationship with the Lord through Jesus Christ doesn’t mean that it is the end of the journey. In fact, it is just the glorious beginning – the initial step of eternity with God. But when someone lays down arms with the Almighty, when someone surrenders to their Creator, when the war between God and any individual ceases, a new war begins, that is the war between the flesh and the spirit (Romans 7). Continue reading “Happy or Holy?”