To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi …
— Philippians 1:1
While visiting recently with a couple who did not know Christ, we talked about what a Christian was and I said, “Have you ever met a real live saint?” They assured me they had not.
“Well,” I said, “how would you like to meet one?”
They asked, “Do you know one?”
I said, “Yes, I do. In fact, there is one right here today.” I reached out my hand and said, “Meet Saint James, for I am a Saint. Every Christian is a saint, set aside, and sanctified unto God as kings and princes unto God our Father.”
This sainthood is achieved not by our own righteousness, but by the righteousness of Christ alone. Therefore, a saint is a forgiven sinner. God makes us saints by His Holy Spirit, forming us into His image. A saint is a person who is set apart for God’s use, a person who is being sanctified. A saint is a person who belongs to Jesus Christ, and that is who we are.