Thursdays With Oswald—Not A Saint, But Many Saints

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Not A Saint, But Many Saints 

     The Book of God is insistent on this: we cannot develop a holy life alone, it would be a selfish life, without God in it and wrong. 

     …Beware of isolation; beware of the idea that you have to develop a holy life alone. It is impossible to develop a holy life alone, you will develop into an oddity and a peculiarism, into something utterly unlike what God wants you to be. The only way to develop spiritually is to go into the society of God’s own children, and you will soon find how God alters your set. God does not contradict our social instincts, He alters them. 

From Biblical Psychology 

I’ve got news for you: It’s not about you as an individual.

If you have asked God to forgive you of your sins because you believed that Jesus paid the price for your salvation on the Cross, you haven’t just been saved from death; you’ve also been saved to a fuller life. A key component of this fuller life is your interaction with other Christians.

Search through the New Testament and you will find that the word saint never appears in the singular form—it’s always plural: saintS.

I need other Christians to help form Christlike character in me, and other Christians need me to do the same for them. Don’t ever buy into the lie that you can be a Christian and live an isolated life.

You are a part of the Body of Christ. Don’t rob the Body of your vital role! Together we saintS are so much stronger and more effective than a solitary, isolated saint.

7 Responses to “Thursdays With Oswald—Not A Saint, But Many Saints”

  1. Thursdays With Spurgeon—Unity Not Uniformity | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] that is unmistakable and irrefutable! We need each other to bring out the saintliness in all of us. When the world sees this vibrant saintliness—regardless of which church those saints attend on Sundays—it will capture their attention and […]


  2. Intersecting Lives | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] you know that the word saints always appears in the plural in the New Testament? That’s because God never intended anyone to be a Lone Ranger […]


  3. Completing The Body | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] Saints is always plural in the New Testament! I need you to bring out the saintly qualities in my life, as much as you need me to bring out the […]


  4. “Let Us” Be The Church | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […]    Have you noticed that the word “saints” in the New Testament is always in the plural, never the singular? That’s because we need each other to bring out the saintly qualities in each […]


  5. Giving Preference To Others | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] to give preference to another is to only promote those things that will build them up. Remember: saints is always plural in the New Testament, so we must build each other up to bring out the saintliness in all of […]


  6. God’s Pleasure In Our Relationships | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.” This is actually quite biblical because the Bible only has saints in the plural form, never in the singular. And the apostle Paul reminds us, “And if one member suffers, all the […]


  7. Intercession | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] you catch that last point: building up other saints. One of the “other saints” would be Paul […]


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