Persons distinct because of their relationship to God. In the OT, two different Hebrew terms are commonly rendered by this English term. One, derived from the word meaning “covenant faithfulness,” suggests that those who are so designated are bound closely to their God in love (Ps 31:23; Ps 148:14). The other, derived from the word for “holy,” identifies those so described as set apart and dedicated to the service of God (Dan 7:27). The same associations are present in the NT, where the word “saints” is used to refer to Christians in distinction from nonbelievers (1Cor 6:2). Thus, in (Rom 1:6-7), the phrases “called to belong to Jesus Christ,” “God’s beloved,” and “called to be saints” are virtually synonymous. In Acts and the Pauline letters, the term most often refers to Christians resident in particular places, such as Jerusalem (Acts 9:13; Rom 15:25; Rom 15:26; Rom 15:31), Lydda (Acts 9:32), and Corinth (1Cor 1:2). In Revelation, the term is used more specifically for Christian martyrs (e.g., Rev 17:6).

Ps 31:23

23Love the Lord, all you his saints.
The Lord preserves the faithful,
but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.

Ps 148:14

14He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his faithful,
for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Dan 7:27

27The kingship and dominion
and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High;
their kingd ... View more

1Cor 6:2

2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?

Rom 1:6-7

6including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,7To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our F ... View more

Acts 9:13

13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem;

Rom 15:25

25At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints;

Rom 15:26

26for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.

Rom 15:31

31that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my ministry to Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,

Acts 9:32

The Healing of Aeneas
32Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda.

1Cor 1:2

2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on t ... View more

Rev 17:6

6And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly amazed.

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