Sanctification Is Our Fruit

But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

Romans 6:22

The word holy, like many other words used in the Bible, has been taken with a meaning different from the one actually given by the Word of God. In Romans 6:22, the apostle Paul indicates that sanctification, that is, becoming holy, is the fruit of those who have been delivered from sin. In other words, to be holy is a consequence of being saved. Knowing that salvation is obtained by grace, through faith, to be holy is our response to the undeserved favor that God made us.

The human tradition has a definition of saint very different from what the Bible says. For Catholics, the saints form the so-called triumphant Church and intercede before God for humanity, for the living on earth and for the dead in Purgatory: it is the so-called communion of the saints. All of them, even those who have not been officially recognized as such, have their joint holiday on All Saints Day, which is celebrated on November 1st.

The Catholic Church has a continuous formal mechanism to carry out the process of canonization of a person. Currently, the canonizations are carried out after a judicial process, called the Process of Beatification and Canonization, or simply the process of canonization. The Process of Canonization can be defined as the process that elucidates the doubt about the sanctity of a person. There are two ways to arrive at the declaration of canonization: the path of heroic virtues and the way of martyrdom. The process of canonization establishes the procedural doubt whether the candidate for saint has lived the Christian virtues to a heroic degree, or if he has suffered martyrdom for the sake of faith.

In addition, to reach the canonization requires the confirmed completion of one or two miracles. The canonization is carried out by a solemn papal declaration that a person is, according to the Catholic tradition, with all certainty, contemplating the vision of God. According to the same tradition, the believer can confidently pray to the saint in question to intercede in his favor before God. The name of the person is inscribed in the list of saints of the Church and the person in question is “elevated to the altars,” that is to say, he is assigned a feast day for liturgical veneration by the Catholic Church.

Now let’s see what the Bible says about it. Leviticus 20:26 says, And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. God separated the people of Israel for Him and gave them the command that they should be holy because He is Holy. God did not order them to be saints to the dead but to the living. In Mark 12:27 the Bible says: God is not the God of the dead, but God of the living; so you are very much mistaken. Therefore, the saints of God are not dead but alive.

In 1 Peter 1:15-16 there is a call to Christians to be saints: but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” If you have already received Jesus Christ, you must now be holy, separated for Him. Do not wait until you die and a religious committee decides to call you holy, you have already been called to be holy at this time and the miracles do not do you but Him. God bless you.

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