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Who is a Saint?

By Lan & Nita Olude


Ephesians 2:19 (NKJV)
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…”


“I’ve done a lot of terrible things in the past…I need to cry, weep and tarry at the altar before God can save me and make me His Saint…Oh I just feel so dirty.”

Statements like this dotted lots of Christian circles, especially in the last century, and are still prevalent in certain parts of the world today. While it is important to be genuinely repented of sins committed in the past, it is also crucial to note that repentance, without faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and accepting Him as Lord and Savior, will not result in the Recreation of the Human Spirit or the “born again” experience.

Prior to the Recreation of our spirits, we were all sinners and rebels against God’s orders (Romans 3:23). We were sinners not necessarily because of what we did or did not do, but because we did not have the nature of God (Zoe or life of God) in our spirits. Instead, we had the nature of the devil (death). Paul noted this fact in Ephesians 2:3 by stating that we were children of wrath because of our nature. If this was our story prior to the recreation of our spirits, now that we have been born again, we need to realize that we are saints and children of God not because of the righteous things we did but because our nature changed on the inside. We now have the nature of God (Zoe) in our spirits if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We belong to the household of God and we are Saints! This is the point God was making through the writing of Paul in Ephesians 2:19.

Does this mean that our conducts are unimportant? Absolutely Not! In fact the sole reason God changed the nature of our spirits is so that our conducts can change subsequently. Once we have the life of God (eternal life or Zoe) flowing in our spirits, we will have the spiritual energy to live godly lives in Christ Jesus. God sees the presence of His life in our spirits and sets us apart as His very own called unto good works. This stamp of God in our spirits makes us eligible for all the blessings which are reserved for God’s children. If you’d like to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior and become a Saint please say this prayer with a sincere heart:

“Lord Jesus, I recognize that I have been a sinner, refusing to accept You as my Lord and Savior. I repent of this sin and confess You as my Lord, Master and Boss. I believe that you were raised from the dead for my justification to connect me back to the Father God. I receive my forgiveness and my salvation by faith right now. Thank You for saving me in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen”

If you’ve made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, but are being dogged by the guilt of a sin, we want to invite you to read the article titled Repentance from dead works in the Milk Section of www.heroesmart.com Follow the instructions therein and return to refresh your memories of how God sees you as His Saint in Christ Jesus using the following scriptures.

Please reference additional scriptures below to renew your mind in this regard, and access resources on www.heroesmart.com to feed your spirit and grow your faith in Christ Jesus.


Relevant Scriptures:


1 Corinthians 1:2 (NKJV)
“…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…”


Ephesians 2:19 (NKJV)
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…”


Colossians 1:2 (NKJV)
“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”


Colossians 1:12-13 (NKJV)
“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love…”


Proverbs 2:8 (NKJV)
“He guards the paths of justice and preserves the way of His saints.”


Psalm 148:14 (NKJV)
“And He has exalted the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints— Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. Praise the Lord!”


Ephesians 2:11-13 (NKJV)
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”​


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