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By Glenn Ward

1 CORINTHIANS 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to 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, both theirs and ours:  NKJV

You have probably heard, lately, that Pope John Paul II was, on the fast track, to become saint. From the verses above no man or woman can designate someone to be a saint. A saint is one who believes that Jesus is the Christ and obeys the gospel. A saint is sanctified in Jesus Christ. Those who do not understand the bible, come to the wrong conclusion about sainthood. The Catholic creed reads that a number of miracles have to be done by the person before he or she can be ready to be sanctified. I do not know the exact number, but I do not believe any miracles can be done by a dead person. If I understand the scriptures, a person who is not baptized into Christ does not go to heaven but into eternal hell. And if they could perform a miracle, they would do a miracle to get them out of hell into heaven. However, the scriptures tell us there is a great separation between heaven and hell and one cannot travel from one to the other.

There is a great responsibility that comes with sainthood. One must severe God every day of his or her life in spirit and truth. Saints are to be ready to give upon the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This money goes to support the preaching of the gospel, upkeep of the meeting building, and for needy saints. Saints are not to sue one another, but solve their problems among themselves (1 Corinthians 6:1-6). Saints look upon other saints better than themselves. In other words they sacrifice their time and money in serving others. Saints are ordered to do good to all men but especially to other saints (Galatians 6:10). God gave different gifts to saints to edify other saints, until all come to unity and the knowledge of the Son of God. We are to grow into adult hood and not be tossed to and fro by various doctrines of man (Ephesians 4:1-16). This process will not end until Jesus comes again to collect the saints and take them home, to heaven. There is always young Christians that need to be taught, to become future leaders, as the older Christians pass on to paradise.

Saints have the Holy Spirit making intersessions for them according to the will of God. We really do not know what to pray for and the Spirit intercedes for us. We, also, know that all things work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:26-30). Paul prayed for the saints at Ephesus that Christ would dwell in their hearts, through faith, and they would be rooted and grounded in love. He wanted to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that they with all the saints would be filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14-19).

Saints have to set a good example for those around them. They must not join in with worldly people around them. Saints do not talk good about fornication, all uncleanness, or covetousness. They, also, do not talk about filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this we know, no unclean person, covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. We know that if we remain faithful to Jesus Christ, we will share in His inheritance of eternal life.