November begins with All Saints Day, a day to remember all who have died in the past year or in earlier years. The Roman Catholic church has its own definition for saint, requiring specific criteria be met before sanctification, and many Protestant churches are named for saints of old: St. Stephen, St. Luke, St. Andrew, etc. But the Bible–particularly Paul–refers to all believers as saints:
Romans 1:7 – to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:2 – To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
2 Corinthians 1:1 – Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia:
Colossians 1:2 – To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Ephesians 1:1 – Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 1:1 – Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:
1 Corinthians 14:33 – for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
Ephesians 2:19 – So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
Colossians 1:26 – that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,
Jude 1:3 – Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
Ephesians 3:18 – may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
Colossians 1:12 – giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
Ephesians 5:3 – But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
Ephesians 6:18 – With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Romans 8:27 – and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
By Paul’s account, believers are saints, and that is our theme for November. Write about people whose sainthood has shone through your life, those who inspire you. Write about what it means to be part of the family of God. Even as saints, we are also all sinners, so write about the struggle to live up to the name saint. And, as always, write as the Spirit leads you, whether on this topic or any other. We look forward to spending November hearing about the saints as written by the saints!