Philippians 4:21–23 (ESV)
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Hey, I’m writing this on Easter day and I’m tired! I’m glad it is a short reading. I could have easily included these two verses in yesterday’s reading, but I chose not too. There
is a reason. It has nothing to do with wanting a short passage, but a point I wanted to bring out. The point is the use of the word “saints.” The point I want to make is that Paul does not associate “saints” to those
who have died in Christ. Paul is referring to current believers that are alive as saints. Why do I bring this out? Well, we are “saints” through our faith. The Roman Catholic Church refers to saints as those who have died
in the faith and have been inducted into sainthood through a miracle performed that has been verified. The RCC will voted based on the evidence as to where someone can be a saint. Well, scripturally, we (believers) are all saints. There is
no election, no proof of miracles, just the faith that God has given us. So it is important to realize that when you hear Protestants using the word “saints”, it is different than how the Roman Catholic church uses the term. It can
be confusing. Martin Luther makes the statement that “we are both saints and sinners at the same time.” This is most certainly true! I am a forgiven saint that is trapped in an “Old Adam” sinful body.
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks to the faith and forgiveness you have given me. I will struggle in my daily life as long as I live in the sinful body. Help me to drown the Old Adam daily as I reflect on my
baptism and to live a new life through the Holy Spirit. Amen.