Saint is a Greek-inspired name, “hagios,” meaning sacred to God. Jesus came to teach the people of God how to lead righteous lives so they can inherit God’s kingdom. Even though we say “man is to err,” Christians believe Jesus lived as a holy child with no mistakes. This makes many people wonder, is Jesus a saint?
The Bible does not explicitly say whether Jesus is a saint or not. However, according to 1 Corinthians 1:30, the Bible implies that Jesus Christ became sanctification, righteousness, and redemption to us. This means that Christians see Jesus as a Holy person who redeemed them from sin.
How does the Bible describe saints? Does the Bible call all Christ’s followers saints? Does the Bible say Jesus was a saint? What is the difference between holy and saint? Why is Jesus not a saint? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more.
How does the Bible describe saints?
The Bible describes saints as people who follow God and Jesus’ teachings. Apostle John said in Revelation 14:12, “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” The Bible suggests saints as those who follow God’s commandments and as those who have faith in his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ taught us how to live a righteous life and obey God’s will. A person that lives according to God’s will is said to live a righteous life. For the Bible to acknowledge you as a saint, you, therefore, have to live a righteous life according to how Jesus lived and taught his disciples and God’s people.
According to 1 Corinthians 6:11, the Bible implies that through the name of Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit, his people were washed and sanctified. Jesus assured his disciples that he would send them a helper after he had gone to live with his Father. After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples received the Holy Spirit to guide them as they continued with the work that Jesus had left. Therefore those that believe and accept the Holy Spirit to guard and guide them are also classified as saints.
Does the Bible call all Christ’s followers saints?
The Bible calls the apostles of Jesus Christ saints. Colossians 1:2 reads, Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother, to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. Paul and Timothy believed and were followers of Jesus Christ. The Bible identifies them as saints because they were faithful to following the teachings of Jesus Christ and even teaching them to other people.
1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours. The Bible implies that people are sanctified in Jesus Christ. It also suggests saints as people that call upon the name of Jesus Christ. This teaches that the people that follow Jesus Christ are saints. This is because they were made saints when Jesus died on the cross for their sins to be forgiven.
Does the Bible say Jesus was a saint?
The Bible does not say that Jesus was a saint. Even though Jesus led a righteous and holy life, the Bible implies that God made him a sinner by sacrificing him to die on the cross. According to 2 Corinthians 5:27, the Bible implies that God made Jesus sin; hence he is not a saint. Jesus bore the sin of everyone by dying on the cross so that we can all be forgiven and inherit the Kingdom of God.
Apostles Paul and Timothy are mentioned to be saints, but that is not the case for Jesus. Even though Paul was sinful before changing his ways, the Bible refers to him as a saint. The Bible suggests they are a saint because they are faithful and believe in Jesus Christ.
However, even though he is no saint, the Bible teaches that those who believe in him and act according to his teaching are saints. This means that even though God made Jesus a sinner on the cross, the only way for us to be saints is to have faith in him and obey him.
What is the difference between holy and saint?
Saint is someone that has been born again and follows Jesus Christ. For one to be called a saint, they have to be faithful and lead a holy life in Jesus Christ. Also, the Bible implies that one is made a saint through the Holy Spirit. One has to accept the Holy Spirit and believe in Jesus Christ so that one can lead a life that is by the will of God for one to be a saint.
A holy person is one who has good character and has acted right at all times. You do not have to be a follower of Jesus Christ for you to be holy. As long as you do the right thing always, you are living a holy life.
Also, the Bible says that for one to be a saint, you have to have been sanctified by the Lord. However, for one to be called a holy person, one does not have to have been made holy by God since you can become holy from your deeds.
Why is Jesus not a saint?
Jesus is not a saint because the Bible implies that in God’s eyes, Jesus became a sinner on the cross to save mankind. 2 Corinthians 5:27 reads, “For our sake, he made him to be sin, who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” The Bible implies that God made Jesus sin by sacrificing him for the salvation of human beings.
Before Jesus was arrested, he went to pray at Mount Olives, and Luke 22:42 says, “Father if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” These are Jesus’ words which show that it was the will of God for him to be crucified. Throughout the life of Jesus, he did everything according to the will of God. However, people did not believe him, and in their eyes, he was a sinner. They even crucified him with thieves to show how unholy he was.
Although Jesus Christ never committed any sin, God made him a sinner and even planned to crucify him on the cross. God made Jesus his Lamb and sacrificed him to save the world. Jesus bore all the sins people committed and made them unwanted in the eyes of God. Therefore, Jesus is not a saint since the Bible says God made him a sinner.
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