“Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.”
- Philippians 4:21
These words are found at the end of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He, closing the letter, said to them, “Salute every saint in Christ Jesus…”. Now, first of all, what is a saint? Many have learned wrongly from the orthodox, catholics, or simply the dictionary, because there is a great misunderstanding about the definition of this word. Many believe that a “saint” is the one who is declared a saint by the church. This misunderstanding comes from the traditions of men, not the Bible. According to the Bible, a saint is he or she that has repented of sins and trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation. In short, every believer is a saint, because we are washed in the Blood of Christ. Our position before God is holy. How? Because we are in Christ by faith. That’s why Paul said: “…every saint in Christ Jesus…”. We are holy in Christ. Now, secondly, Paul told the Philippians, “Salute every saint…”. In the Bible, the verb “salute” has a warmer meaning. Today, “to salute” or greet means to shake someone’s hand, or to address them with kind wishes. The Biblical meaning is a little deeper. Here, “to salute” means to “enfold in the arms; to hug”. This gives us an example of the warmth of Christian love. I don’t mean that we should hug everyone! Sometimes hugs can be very impolite and even rude, especially between men and women. I simply mean the warmth of heart that we feel toward each other. May this love be found in our church!