I know I said I was taking December off, but this just struck my heart this morning,
and I wanted to share it with you.
I like words. God’s Word is my favorite. I’ve been reading Ephesians and a word jumped out at me.
A simple word, but I looked it up in the Greek, ‘cuz that’s what I like to do–dig a little deeper, find out what the writer meant versus what the translator thought he meant.
Saints is translated from the Greek word hagios. Hagios means “set apart by or for God, holy, sacred; different from the world because it’s like the Lord” according to BibleHub.com
I continued looking into this word. It is used 15 times in the book of Ephesians. Nine of those times it is translated saints. The other six times it is translated holy. Two of those times it is used to refer to the Holy Spirit.
Again, according to BibleHub.com it occurs in the New Testament 235 times. Almost all of those are translated holy.
I assume you will agree that God does not call us to something He does not equip us to do. In 1 Peter 1:15-16 it says, “But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.’”
All four holies in these two Scriptures are hagios–set apart, sacred.
God calls us to be set apart, holy, sacred, and different from the world. If He has called us, He has equipped us.
We, as Christians, are modern day saints–the holy ones set apart by Him for Him. We are to be different from the world because we are to be like the Lord–holy, blameless, and without blemish.