Revelation 7:13-17, Who is a Saint?

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:13-17)

 

In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

This past Sunday, the church celebrated ‘All Saints’ Day,’ giving thanks for those who have gone before us and who have died in the faith, the now glorious throng of those who have complete rest from their labors.  Usually when we think of a saint, we think of those who have died.  But saint, literally, comes from the Greek word for ‘holy one,’ and is inclusive of all who even now believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin, death, and the devil (i.e. Acts 9:13, 41; 26:10; Romans 1:7; 12:13; 15:25-26; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; etc.).  This is because a saint is one who is declared holy by God through faith in Jesus Christ, not because of what one has or hasn’t done, how one lives (whether always doing the right thing or not), but because of Jesus.  Therefore, in Christ Jesus, you, too, are a saint, “having been justified by faith” and “having peace with God” (Romans 5:ff).  Remaining in Christ, you, too, have the blessed hope of that which is to come for those who “call on the Name of the Lord” – salvation and abiding in God’s presence forever in His glory.  Amen.

 

Prayer: Gracious Father, keep me as Your holy child, remembering my baptism, repentant of my sin, continually growing in the faith and remaining steadfast to the true doctrine to my last breath, that I may enter into the eternal glory of Your Holy Kingdom.  Amen.

 

 

In Christ’s Service,

 

Rev. Thomas N. Reeder, Jr., Pastor

Apostles Lutheran Church–LCMS

6732 HWY 81 N — 608-348-9901

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