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#68 Saintly Thoughts                                                                               August 3, 2008

My wife and I passed each other in the kitchen area this morning.  She was doing one thing, I was doing another.  She remained in the kitchen area but I kept on going and as I turned the corner to another room, I thought to myself, “Gee, I’m married to a saint”.  I thought about it further and I said to myself, “I have four children who are all saints and I’m a saint, too“.

On my way back to my office I kind of chuckled to myself thinking about being on the dash board of my car, but as I stopped to see if there were any ripe figs on the fig bush, I thought how confusing it must  be for some Christians when they read Scriptures like Acts 9:32,
And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

Did Peter come down to a large collection of statues and medals [big idols or little idols]?  Did he come down to a huge grotto where a large number of idols were all on display?  Not hardly!

Peter came down to people.  Why were they called “saints”?  Because they were different than other people.  Were they called saints because some group of other people had decided to confer that title upon them?  No!  It wasn’t other people who called them saints.  The One True God called them saints.  He’s the Author of what we read in verse 32.  That’s how He wanted them described.  Why did God Almighty call them saints?  What made them different from other people from God’s perspective?

The Greek word translated “saints” in Acts 9:32 is hagios. Here are some other places in God’s Word where it is used and also translated “saints”.
Romans 1:7,
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here the saints are also the beloved of God.

I Corinthians 1:2, 
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
In I Corinthians 1:2 the saints are also the church of God, sanctified in Christ Jesus, those that call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Quite evidently, those to whom Peter came down to in Acts 9:32 were:
Beloved of God.
The Church of God.
Sanctified in Christ Jesus.
Those that call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Quite simply, those to whom Peter came down to in Acts 9:32 were Christians.  They didn’t occupy the dash boards of chariots.  They weren’t suspended from the necks of superstitious people.  They had Christ in them, God’s gift of holy spirit.  That’s what made them different.  That’s what set them apart from all the other people.

They had believed and acted according to Romans 10:9 and 10,
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

That’s why my lovely wife is a saint.  That’s why our wonderful children are saints.  That’s why I’m a saint, too. 

Before I close though, I have a confession to make.
My “saintly” thoughts this morning did not originate in my little brain.  They came from a message I had heard from God.  Passing my wife in the kitchen area, turning the corner into the other room, I was thinking about what I had heard in the operation of the manifestation of prophecy during our morning fellowship.  Part of the message from God was that we had been set apart by His gift of holy spirit.  Although I am a saint, I have to be exhorted at times to think saintly thoughts which also, by the way, edify and comfort me