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A holy person, a friend of God, either on earth or in heaven, De 33:2. It is sometimes used of the pious Israelites, as Ps 16:3; 34:9. Nothing is more frequent in Paul than the name of saints given to all Christians, Ro 1:7; 8:27; 12:13; 15:25,31; 16:2. In this acceptation it continued during the early ages of Christianity; nor was it applied to individuals declared to be saints by any other act of the church than admission to its membership, till various corruptions had depraved the primitive principles. The church of Rome assumes the power of making saints; that is, of announcing certain departed spirits as objects of worship, from whom the faithful may solicit favors-a notion worthy of the dark ages in which it originated.

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one separated from the world and consecrated to God; one holy by profession and by covenant; a believer in Christ (Ps 16:3; Ro 1:7; 8:27; Php 1:1; Heb 6:10).

The "saints" spoken of in Jude 1:14 are probably not the disciples of Christ, but the "innumerable company of angels" (Heb 12:22; Ps 68:17), with reference to De 33:2.

This word is also used of the holy dead (Mt 27:52; Re 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.

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Two words are employed in the Hebrew.

1. chasid, 'pious toward God,' also translated 'holy' and 'godly.' The word occurs frequently in the Psalms, where God speaks of His saints. Ps 31:23; 50/5'>50:5; 5'>116:15; 9/1'>149:1,5,9; etc.

2. qadosh, 'consecrated, set apart, holy.' De 33:3; Job 15:15; Ps 16:3; 34:9; 89:5,7; Da 7:18-27; 8:13; Ho 11:12; Zec 14:5. Aaron is called 'the saint of Jehovah.' Ps 106:16.

In the N.T. the word used is ?????, which means 'holy one.' A saint is one set apart for God; he is such by calling (not 'called to be a saint'). Ro 1:7; 1Co 1:2; cf. Heb 3:1. Saints are thus a distinct, recognised class of persons belonging to God

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