Saints

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Saints[1] in the New Testament consistently referred to the people who were called out by Christ to serve His Kingdom. They were to live in but be separate from the world.

The Levites, who were the Church in the wilderness, were also to be separated out from the people unto God to serve His kingdom by serving the tents of the congregations.

  • "Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?" 1 Corinthians 6:1

Who are the "Saints" and who are the "unjust"?

The Saints[1] are those disciples Jesus as the Christ called out and appointed the kingdom to who were to be "separate" from the world.

The unjust[2] were the lovers of the wages of unrighteousness who were workers of iniquity who were the gods many spoken of by Paul.

Since the ministers of the Church were to "occupy in the church the same positions as those which were occupied by Aaron, his sons, and the Levites in the temple." Jerome, Ep. 146. They also would need to provide the cities of refuge which were the voluntary appeals court system.

The courts of the world use force to judge and compel recompense while the court of Christ sought the people's voluntary cooperation. The levites were similar if we are willing to understand the stoning.

If you had no inheritance in the kingdom then there was no communion, nor daily ministration and you would be at the mercy of the world.

There is a long list starting in 1 Corinthians 6 verse 9 of people who shall not "inherit the kingdom of God".

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 40 ~ἅγιος~ hagios \@hag’-ee-os\@ from hagos (an awful thing) [cf 53, 2282]; adj AV-holy 161, saints 61, Holy One 4, misc 3; 229 \@Holy,\@ characteristic of God, separated to God, worthy of veneration
    1) Its highest application is to God himself, in his purity, majesty and glory. {#Lu 1:49 Joh 17:11 Re 4:8}
    1a) Of things and places which have a claim to reverence as sacred to God, e.g. the Temple: {#Mt 24:15 Heb 9:1}
    1b) Of persons employed by him, as angels: {#1Th 3:13 marg.} prophets, {#Lu 1:70} apostles, {#Eph 3:5}
    2) Applied to persons as separated to God’s service:
    2a) Of Christ: {#Mr 1:24 Ac 4:30}
    2b) Of Christians: {#Ac 9:13 Ro 1:7 Heb 6:10 Re 5:8}
    3) In the moral sense of sharing God’s purity: {#Mr 6:20 Joh 17:11 Ac 3:14 Re 3:7}
    4) Of pure, clean sacrifices and offerings: {#1Co 7:14 Eph 1:4}
    For Synonyms see entry 5878
    • Saint in the Old Testament is from the word 06918 ^שׁודק^ qadowsh which means "set apart" or "sacred" which is identifying things "separated". It was from 06942 meaning "consecrate", "be separate".
  2. 94 ~ἄδικος~ adikos \@ad’-ee-kos\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and 1349; TDNT-1:149,22; {See TDNT 23} adj AV-unjust 8, unrighteous 4; 12
    1) descriptive of one who violates or has violated justice
    1a) unjust
    1b) unrighteous, sinful
    1c) of one who deals fraudulently with others, deceitful