"You're a saint!" "I'm no saint." Who (in God's view) are saints? The simple answer is: probably more folks than some think and less than others think.

While the Roman Catholic church would keep a short list of virtually all dead people, the apostle Paul's list was long. Most all of his letters to the churches are addressed at the beginning to "the saints" in a given town or area. Was he talking to a select group in Ephesus or Phillipi or Galatia? I don't think so because he never gets around to addressing any of his comments to "the rest of you non-saints."

The root meaning of the word is a SET-APART person (same root word as sanctified) This root word was applied to the temple utensils because they were set apart for a special use or purpose. It makes perfect sense that God would be calling all who are saved (born again, sons of God) saint.... we have been set apart as God's special possession. Look at I Cor. 6:9-11's description of saints: in the past they were thieves, covetous, drunkards, etc, but now "ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." That word sanctified is almost like saying "now you are sainted."

I also said there may be a longer list for some that God's list. A recent Barna survey showed that MANY who say they are Christians do not believe even the basic Bible teachings such as the virgin birth of Christ, the existence of heaven, hell, and the Devil, the second coming of christ, the trustworthiness of the Bible! WHO ARE THEY KIDDING?

Beyond that, Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, "Lord, Lord" shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father who is in heaven." Matt. 7:21 One's WALK must match his TALK... not in the sense of a perfect performance, but as a minimum, in terms of our goals, our heart's desires, and our general life direction.

God's talk to us about this is that he sees us not only as sainted, but in a legal sense, PERFECTED in our legal standing before Him. Heb. 10:12, 14, I Cor. 5:21, Rom. 8:1-2, 29-30 That is quite a remarkable gift. It is that gift that gives us the CONFIDENCE to think of ourselves as SAINTS. God sees the future as clearly as we see the present; our future transformation into sinless perfect glorified bodies is as good as done in his eyes. He guarantees this Rom. 4:16

I don't know about you, but this wonderful promise makes me want to serve Him with all my heart!