On All Saints Sunday we explore what Saints are and why Paul throughout his writings in the New Testament refers to all followers of Christ as Saints. While we might second guess this title because we do not live up to the stature of people like Mother Theresa, Paul believes that we are made into Saints through the faithfulness of God and not through the merit of our own efforts. The Holy Mystery of our faith, and of communion, is that God takes us flawed and broken individuals and makes us into the body of Christ in its fullness–the Saints of God.
Primary Scripture – Ephesians 1:15-23
15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love* towards all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God* put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.