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saint

a true believer and follower of Christ ( Romans 1:7; 8:27; Philippians 1:1; Hebrews 6:10)

one separated from the world and consecrated to God; one holy by profession and by covenant

The “saints” spoken of in Jude 1:14 are probably not the disciples of Christ, but the “innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22; Psalms 68:17), with reference to Deuteronomy 33:2.

This word is also used of the holy dead (Matthew 27:52; Rev. 18:24).

It was not used as a distinctive title of the apostles and evangelists and of a “spiritual nobility” till the fourth century. In that sense it is not a scriptural title.

Prayers to dead Saints—people canonized by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The Bible reveals that being a saint has nothing to do with the Pope, and the word was not used in Scripture as a distinctive title or indicative of a “spiritual nobility” or miracles. Prayer is to be addressed to God alone, not any human being or false god, to do otherwise is a form of idolatry.

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