Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | November 1, 2007

A Great Cloud of Witnesses

The Communion of Saints-What is the Communion of Saints? Does honoring the saints detract from worship of God, or point us closer to Him?

The Communion of Saints is indeed a New Testament belief. The Communion of Saints describes the Church as being made up of both those living on earth and those who have entered into glory. 1 Corinthians 12 and Hebrews 12 refer to the Church being this one body. In Revelation 5:8, we read of those in heaven interceding for those on earth.

And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. NIV
Asking prayers of the saints is no more “worshiping” or “praying to” them than asking a friend to pray for you is. Nor is it necromancy. Most importantly, we should always remember the examples of those who have gone before us and try to imitate their faith.

Honoring our “mothers and fathers” in the faith  draws us closer to God.  When we remember their lives and faith, we can more fully appreciate what God has done for us.

Are you among the faithful?

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