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What is a real saint?

For anyone raised around the teachings of Catholicism, "Saint" would be a very familiar term. However, most people have been taught to use this term incorrectly. Here is the Bible definition of a saint:

A saint is any follower of Jesus Christ...in other words, any Christian!

(Dan 7:22, Rev 17:6, 1 Cor 16:1, 2 Cor 9:1, Col 1:4, Phm 1:5, 1 Thes 3:13, Phil 4:22, Heb 13:24, Col 1:26, Eph 5:3).

There is never any mention in the Bible, of anyone being elevated to a special place of "Sainthood" over the church, in fact, all Christians are sons and daughters of God, and what could be more special than that! The word which gets translated as 'saint', is the Greek word 'hagios', which means sacred, holy, set apart. All who are saved in Jesus Christ are expected to live a life that is holy and full of miraculously good works, by being obedient to God. Good works cannot get you saved, forgiven, special favor with God, or access to Heaven - faith in Jesus Christ is the only thing that will save you. However, salvation in Jesus Christ should produce a change of heart that makes one want to sacrificially serve God, and put love in action for others. This can only happen by the power of the Holy Spirit working through us, because humans by nature are selfish, therefore the glory belongs to God. No human being or angel, alive or dead, should ever receive worship or prayer, regardless of how remarkable their life may have been (including Apostles, martyrs, Popes and the mother of Jesus); God alone is to receive our adoration, and faith for help in time of need (Lk 4:8, Is 43:11, Lk 11:27-28).

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." (Eph 2:10)

"Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work." (2 Tim 2:21)

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