“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…” (1 Corinthians 1:2a).
The Bible teaches that a Saint is a member of Christ’s Church, one of God’s Elect. A Saint is a righteous person.
Individual members of the Lord’s Church are called to be Saints. There’s no shortage of scriptures that reference the Saints as members of the Lord’s body. Several are listed below.
Our problem may be one of tradition. The tradition of man, to be exact.
From modern interpretations of the word, a Saint appears to be a bit more like deity, blessed with the ability to perform magic tricks, and meet several rigorous guidelines established and held for hundreds of years by the denominations of the world.
Such concepts of sainthood are not biblical in origin. In other words, they are not rooted in the word of God.
In particular, Canonization and Beatification are not biblical in origin, but rather traditions of man. The “Catholic Education Resource Center” has an informative website with the background of these developments, beginning in the early 13th-century. (www.catholiceducation.org)It’s important to understand the role that we, as individual members of the Lord’s Church, are called to be Saints. What higher calling can there be? Our mission, our calling, is to be Godly and righteous…like unto Christ!
Through Christ’s grace, may we be “partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:12)
Additional References: Matthew 27:52, Acts 26:10, Romans 1:7, Romans 15:25, 2 Corinthians 9:1, Ephesians 2:19, 2 Thessalonians 1:10, 1 Timothy 5:10, Jude 3