Saint

A person set apart, or dedicated, to holy use or service ( Heb. qadoÆsh , Aram. qaddéÆsh , Gr. hagios , meaning “holy one,” “one separated,” or “set apart.” The KJV also translates the Heb. chaséÆd , “pious one,” “saint” 19 times). The distinguishing feature of “holiness” in the OT , in contrast with other Semitic religions, is that it was rooted in the person of YHWH, who made His holiness known through His name and His mighty acts for His people ( Amos 2:6 ff. ; 4:2 ; Hosea 11:9 ; Isa. 5:16 ). Accordingly, His people were “a holy people,” chosen and set apart, and thus “saints” ( Ex. 19:6 ; Deut. 7:6 ; 14:2 ). This is particularly notable in Daniel, where the people of God are repeatedly called “saints” ( Dan. 7:18 , 21 , 22 , 25 , 27 ). In the NT...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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