All The Saints
“All the saints salute you.” 2 Corinthians 13:13
The Word of God brought me to tears this morning. You see, my life isn’t perfect. I have not walked the straight and the narrow. I have lived this life, even after I accepted salvation, as though in Corinth, as though one of those to whom the Apostle Paul wrote these two epistles.
Corinth was much like the very city in which I know reside, this being Sin City – Las Vegas. Sin City is a gross understatement and a misrepresentation of just how bad things truly are here. It’s a far too simplistic nickname. The majority of the population, which now exceeds 2 million souls, lives in some way, shape, or form in service to the vices of man. Gambling, drugs, prostitution, gluttony, and any other self abasing thing you might think of proliferates here. It is everywhere and permeates the very buildings which were founded on the backs of previous sinners. Even in the medical industry, where we basically fight off death, we heal physical ailments just to send the people back to the sin and the sin supporting they do. It’s far worse than Sin City implies. It would be more accurate to nickname this place Sodom or Gomorrah, take your pick. It’s that bad. That not withstanding, there is a real remnant of saints here.
God has placed many saved souls in the midst of this fiery furnace, to show that where sin abounds, grace does truly much more abound (Rom 5:20). So, though there is a “massage parlor” on most every block, a bank of slot machines at every grocery and gas station, drug dealers walking the streets around schools, parks, and run down neighborhoods, and working girls walking the corridors of all the casinos just a little ways from the all you can eat buffet within each one, there are churches. There are many churches.
Within each church, I am sure, there are members of the remnant. Not everyone in every church is saved, but those who are have been placed there to be the light in this dark place, and to speak the gospel of Truth. They are the saints of God.
So, back to this morning…
As I closed out reading second Corinthians this morning, and read all the saints salute you, I teared up. I teared up because all the saints means all the saints, past present, and future, of which I am one. God has been moving mightily in this life He has given, and, though I have only just rededicated this life to Jesus, He assures me that He is there through His Word, and through His people. This assurance comes with another. No one brother or sister who is truly with Christ will come against me, or any other believer.
To salute is a military operation that demonstrates to someone whom one approaches that we are unarmed. We come in peace. Therefore, bearing no arms against us, all the saints will greet us with a holy kiss. Of course, this is conditional upon our surrender to Truth, for if we choose not to follow the Word, believers are told to separate from us. But, that’s another study. Today, I know that as I endeavor to follow Christ’s lead, the saints stand with me.
Paul closed out this second letter as written here:
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:11-14
Live a holy, righteous life by the grace of Jesus, and the love of God, and God will be with you. He has never left you, nor forsaken you, but if you live for Him, you will know He is there. He gives love and peace as reward for holy living. He will share Himself through His Word, as here, and through the saints, as stated here and as testified in life.
I thank God for those with whom He has surrounded me. They are all the right people, for such a time as this. I know they stand in Christ, and they are faithful to Him, in helping me make course corrections in my life and in believing with me that I am God’s child. It is the communion of the Holy Spirit, our Great Comforter, which is shared between us. That peace that surpasses all understanding and the trust of God extended to my brothers and sisters, my friends, is what supports and strengthens this weary soul of mine.
Saints, I greet you with an holy kiss this morning, and I stand in saluting you! Thank you all for being there for me. Thank you for your faithfulness. Most of all, thank you for obeying the Word of God and for being humble and obedient in dealing with me. I appreciate you all more than you may ever know.
Thank you, Father, for these who stand with me, who stand hidden in Christ. Thank You, Lord, for humbling yourself and becoming as a Man to go to a Cross where we all could meet You, and meet one another. Thank You for the Holy Spirit Who now resides in me, and in all true believers. Thank You for the saints of old who lived it before me, that I may know that there are none You cannot save. Thank You for everything You’ve done and continue to do. Mostly, thank You for You. You are Jehovah, and beside You there are no other gods. I am Your possession. Make me Your prized possession, Lord. I am because of I AM. I am Yours. Amen, and amen.