Alright, so I’ve openly admitted for the longest time that I’ve had a real issue with Paul. There are some things that he says in his letters that just drove me nuts and also seemed to not have anything to do with what Jesus Christ actually said himself.
It was so detrimental that I would find myself reading what Paul was writing and looking for things that he’s saying that don’t align with what Jesus said, rather than actually trying to understand what Paul is saying. I’m admitting this, because God deserves the credit for fixing this problem.
The other day I could feel the same thing taking place, I felt the Holy Spirit lead me to read Ephesians for my evening reading and so I started out and I immediately got frustrated with his wording.
Ephesians opens up like this:
So I grew up my entire life in church hearing the word “Apostle” but, to my knowledge, Jesus never once uses the word himself, so it always confused me as to what it meant. Apostle literally means “messenger” or “one sent on a mission by God.” There is literally no reason to use the Greek name apostle rather than the plain English.
Check this out: Below is Ephesians 1:1 in the interlinear Bible from Biblehub.com. You can see that for the word “saints” the concordance word is G40: “hagiois”.
Let’s take a look at what that actually means in the second image below: The word means “sacred, holy” or “set apart by or for God.” These are all ideas that Jesus talks about. And are indeed extremely important for people to understand if they’re trying to figure out how to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit like Jesus did first and then his disciples did as well.
To me, this has to be intentional by those who translated the Bible into English and to be honest, it’s one of the worst injustices that could’ve been perpetrated with the original text to make up a word called “saints” which fits with the religious doctrine of men, rather than the truth of the Gospel of Christ. In doing so, we have systematically handcuffed individuals from being able to walk fully in the power of the Holy Spirit and have therefore systematically delayed the coming of the Kingdom.
That may be a harsh stance, but I can’t think of any other reason why anyone would want to make up a word like “saint” when the plain English of the word itself would help people understand so much more clearly what Paul is saying, how that connects to what Jesus was saying, and give them the full power to walk in the Holy Spirit and work through the process of sanctification by the Holy Spirit for true salvation in this life. True freedom.
I thank God that he showed me, I had to repent of animosity I held towards Paul because of small things like these word changes. It wasn’t even Paul doing it, it was whoever translated the Bible. The frustration was proper, because something has been done to these words to intentionally confuse people. I’ve written this to hopefully serve others struggling with these words as well.
Anyway, I love you, I hope this brings you hope and clarity and I hope that we can all work hard to fully understand the Word so that we can all start walking in the full power of the Holy Spirit through becoming Holy & set apart vessels for God’s glory.