Saintly Ones

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Matthew 5:1–16; Revelation 7:1–17

※ Q: What is a Saint? ※

You would think that this question is easy. However, the meaning of saint depends on the context and even timeframe.

Chasid (חָסִיד) and Kaddish (קַדִּישׁ) are the Hebrew s that are most often translated as saint (not always, though). Chasid (חָסִיד) means ful or devout ones (with the implication being toward the ).  Kaddish (קַדִּישׁ) means ones or people of the ones (yes, we could, but perhaps shouldn’t, infer the Trinity there).

Hagioi (ἅγιος) is first seen in Matthew 27:52 and used to talk about those who rose from the dead upon ’ death. It is most used by Paul to refer to the (what became) Christians in his letters. It became generally used that way by the other New Testament writers and the . In Revelation, the becomes expressly tied to those who died as martyrs.

※ Q: What does it mean to be a saint? ※

If you’ve been in the any length of time, saint can be applied to a person of significant patience. It is also applied to many that have been in the for a long time and have gray or white hair (the hair color, of course, is important 😉). However, that is probably a bad way of thinking about it.

If we were to tie both the Hebrew and the Greek , we would probably get an approximation of people whose is with through in Christ and for whom this is their primary identity.

※ Q: Are you a saint? ※


, guide into a relational identity with the Father, through the Son. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.