The important thing to remember during those days of spiritual difficulty and genuine struggle against sin is that one is not striving to become a saint. That person is already a saint because God has marked him for his own and therefore has brought him to salvation. That discouraged and beaten down Christian can look back to his position as one who is holy, and he can look up to God in hope that such deliverance from sin’s assaults will come— some of it in this life, and all of it in the life to come.
It can sometimes be revealing to notice how certain terms or expressions from the Bible take on a different meaning once they find their way into the secular world, or even into other branches of world Christianity. The term “saint” is a good example. In a religious context, it can bring to mind a large room filled with images or icons, perhaps also the aroma and thick smoke of incense. One might as a young child associate the term with the rather uncomfortable feeling of being in a place where the last thing one would ever want to do there is to make a sound, for fear of retribution.
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In a secular vein, it might evoke the idea of someone who bears up under extremely disagreeable situations. One who labors for years in a difficult marriage, or who puts up with the rude or inappropriate behavior of a supervisor is sometimes said to be a “saint” for sticking it out so long, when the average person would have bailed out years ago. Another more general use, which actually on the surface level is not far away from a biblical application, describes one who is willing...
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