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What Is The Communion of the Saints?

November 04, 2017 14 Comments

What Is The Communion of the Saints?

Many Christian churches will celebrate All Saints Day this coming Sunday, on November 5th. While the holy day rests on November 1st, many Christians celebrate it the Sunday before or the Sunday following. On All Saints Day, the church remembers the martyrs who died for the faith, the great holy examples of the saints, and all Christians who have died before us. They have passed from the Church militant into the Church triumphant with Christ in heaven. Like us, they wait for the day of his return.


The Communion of the Saints

All Saints Day is a good day to reflect on the unity that the church has in Jesus, both the living and the dead. Christians call this, the Communion of the Saints. This communion is the unity that the whole Christian church has in Jesus Christ. Christians everywhere, both living and dead, are one in Christ.

We will start with Jesus’ words in Mark 12. When the Sadducees came to Jesus to entrap him about the resurrection, Jesus replied with these words:

And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

Jesus quotes what God said to Moses from the burning bush. The tense of the verbs is important. God says, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” We’d expect God to use the past tense instead of present. I was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Why does God use the present tense? Jesus explains it himself, “He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” Jesus reminds us that those who die in Christ, whether Old Testament saints or New, are not past tense; they are present tense. They are with Christ, in heaven.  

Union in Christ
If the Saints are truly with Christ, then how are we connected to them? The same way that we are connected with those who are living, in Christ. St. Paul describes our unity as the body of Christ. “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (Romans 12:12-13). When we are in Christ, we are united with all Christians in one body.

Ephesians also describes the unity we have in Christ. “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:22-23). Christ is the head of the whole church, his body.

Again, in Ephesians 4, Paul writes about the unity we have in baptism and the faith, “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Our unity with Christ is mystical, something beyond our understanding. We are one, together, in a way that goes beyond our physical presence. It is something only God could accomplish through his almighty power and his omnipresence.

Comfort in Christ for Lost Loved Ones
The communion of the saints can be a holy comfort for Christians whose loved ones have died in the faith. We say all sorts of things to comfort ourselves when people die that the Bible doesn’t say. We say that our loved ones are looking down on us from heaven. We say that we can feel them with us.

While those have no warrant in Scripture, the communion of the saints does. When we come together with Christ in worship, we experience unity with him and with all the rest. This is especially true when we eat Jesus’ body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. Unity with Christ’s body and blood brings unity with all Christians.

For people who want to have a connection with their dead loved ones, they only have to go to worship to find it. When we gather together to praise God and receive his grace, we gather with the whole heavenly host and all the company of heaven. We have a mystical communion with them.

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14 Responses

Polly walker
Polly walker

January 07, 2018

I think the teaching is. Very good .

Shirley Herring
Shirley Herring

January 05, 2018

We are Spiritual beings in a body with a soul (mind will and emotions).
Absent from the body present with the Lord! Our born again spirit man in Christ Jesus never dies. Our spirit and soul go immediately to heaven with GOD JESUS and all saints who have passed, that is why GOD IS THE GOD OF THE LIVING!
Our earth bodies, ( temple of Our spirit man and Holy Spirit) does. It is what is down in corruption and raised A NEW BODY INCORRUPTABLE!
SPIRIT BEINGS NEVER DIE! We have ETERNAL LIFE NOW WHILE ALIVE . Unsaved people go to hell that’s why in revelation it talks about the SECOND DEATH ! Your spirit man it not born again goes to hell then when JESUS COMES FOR HIS BRIDE , IT’s not ALL OVER YET! WE WHO ARE DEAD IN JESUS OUR BODIES WILL GET NEW ONES MEET HIM IN THE AIR . We will go have our marriage supper and. One back and rule and reign with Christ Jesus.
The enemy will be tied up for 1000 years . Do there s a few more things going on in Revelation of JESUS CHRIST that I do it yet have all the meaning to yet , BUT I KNOW JESUS WILL RULE AND REIGN FROM JERUASLEM , HE WLL WALK THE EARTH AGAIN. People will still be getting born again but it will be very hard.
JESUS WAS RAISED FROM TH DEAD AND HIS BODY DIDNOT SEE CORRUPTION TO PROVE TO IS WE GET A BODY THAT IS INCORRUPTIBLE FOR HEAVEN. HALLELUJAH. Trying to Human use out intellect for the SUPERNATURAL THINGS OF OF FATHER GOD IS IMPOSSIBLE. SPIRIT TO SPIRIT UNDERSTANDS at the right time.
We do NOT talk to our loved ones in heaven to pray for us. JESUS IS OUR ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN AND AT RIGHT HAND OF GOD MAKING INTERCESSION FOR US. We can go straight to GOD OURSELVES BECAUSE OF JESUS DEATH BURIAL RESSURECTION , THE VEIL IS TORN. In Old tests only priest go in once a year to Holy of HOLIES , and wear bells, other people cannot enter Holy of HOLIES only outer court JESUS IS OUR HIGH PRIEST AND GOD MADE AWAY THAT HIS CHILDREN CAN COME BODLY BEFORE HIS THRONE O GRACE AND RECEIVE MERCY AND GRACE TO HELP IN OUR TIME OF NEED. We humans say all kinds of stuff because of wanting comfort or thoughts what Love is and what makes us feel good . Just like hell, people say GOD is Love they won’t be tormented in hell forever that’s not love!
CHOICE ES. GOD DID NOT OUT THEM THERE. EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO COME BACK TO OUR CREATOR DADDY GOD. HE DIONT WANT PUPPETS OR PROGRAMEd ROBOTS. HE WANTS ME TO USE MY FREE WILL TO LOVE HIM COME BACK TO HIM THROUGH JESUS PAYMENT FOR MY SIN ON THE CROSS. IF I DO NOT WANT TO I CAN PAY FOR MY OWN SIN! SEPERATION FROM GOD ALMIGHTY FOR EVER AND TORMENTED FOREVER BECAUSE WE ARE ALL SPIRIT BEINGS FIRST! READ psalms 139.
ANY HOW , I ask FATHER TO HUG MY MOM OR TELL HER SOMETHING, I do not talk to my mom. I ask GOD TO GIVE ME DREAMS. I might think something or say something to my mom knowing she’s in heaven but I do not expect her to answer or hear me and it’s just a fleeting thought maybe when I connect something with her or G’ma ect. Other family or friends. The SPIRIT REALM IS REAL, HOLY SPIRIT HOLY ANGELS FATHER OD JESUS .
So is the EVIL REAL , satan demons witches warlocks ect. GOD IS ALL POWERFUL AND MATCHLESS HE HAS NO EQUAL!
satan is defeated just waiting JUDGEMENT, he has been JUDGED he is waiting for LOCK UP , so he is repeating havoc on humans because we can be Gods kids through Jesus Christ but satan and demons ALREADY CAST OUT OF HEAVEN BECAUSE OF PRIDE WANTING TO BE GOD! So Lucifer the beautiful worshipper angel DECEIVED 1/3 of the angels to believe his lie like he did to Eve and he tried to do to all of us even when we are FOLLOWING GOD. he still goes around roaring like a lion to defeat the saints so we won’t my be useful to PREACH GOSPEL GROW INTO IMAGE OF JESUS and satan & demons try to get us to hate GOD and renounce our faith in JESUS.
Many warnings about deception and end time and great falling away because saints love will wax cold for the evil nd darkness in the world. SO WE GOTTA STAY CLOSE AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH FATHER AND PLUGGEDINTO THE BODY GOD WANTS YOU PART OF. If all you do is go to church play religion HAVE NO ALONE TOME WITH FATHER GOD HOLYSPIRIT JESUS. , YOU WILL BE WIPED OUT! Gotta learn GODS LOVE AND TRUTH FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS AND SPEND TIME GROWING WITN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
HE IS ALIVE AND REAL LIVES IN YOU BU HILY SPIRIT IF YOU BORN AGAIN HE IS JUST INVISIBLE. GOTTA MAKE TIME FOR PAPA GOD. Ask HIM TO HELP YOU COMMUNICATE WITH HIM & HOLY SPIRT AND TO BE ALL HE CREATED YOU TO BE ACCORDING TO PSALMS 139 HE WROTE DOWN. Talk to HIM TRUER THAN YOUR BEST FRIEND. He loves us sin weakness and all HE WILL HELP US OVERCOME. Blessings in JESUS hOpe this helped some.
JOHN 17:17 SANCTIFY IS BY YOUR TRUTH O GOD YOUR WORD IS TRUTH! Shirley Herring
ShirleyJESUSgirlie

George Thauyer
George Thauyer

January 03, 2018

Very great in joy it very much .thank youggod bless george your brother in jesus chirst

Keith C Wilson
Keith C Wilson

November 14, 2017

Thank you for everything that you have done a great job God bless you always in Jesus name amen

Carol widell
Carol widell

November 14, 2017

Thank you for the teaching

Amal (Hope)
Amal (Hope)

November 14, 2017

Endless glory be to God! Thank you so much for everyone’s strong faith and the reminder of All Saints day, all we hear about is the ridiculous halloween,

Please allow me to share this Greek Orthodox website article with you regarding our precious Saints of God.

https://www.goarch.org/-/the-saints-of-the-orthodox-church

The Apostles, who were the first ones to spread the message of the Incarnation of the Word of God and of salvation through Christ.
The Prophets, because they predicted and prophesied the coming of the Messiah.
The Martyrs, for sacrificing their lives and fearlessly confessing Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.
The Fathers and Hierarchs of the Church, who excelled in explaining and in defending, by word and deed, the Christian faith.
The Monastics, who lived in the desert and dedicated themselves to spiritual exercise (askesis), reaching, as far as possible, perfection in Christ.
The Just, those who lived in the world, leading exemplary lives as clergy or laity with their families, becoming examples for imitation in society.

The fact that Christians ask the prayers of saints and their intercession is prefigured in the New Testament. St. Paul asks the Christian Ephesians, Thessalonians, Colossians and Romans to pray for him (Ephes. 6:19, 1 Thesal. 5:25; Colos. 4:3, and Rom. 15:30-31). In every Liturgy, we ask God the Father to accept, on our behalf, “the prayers and the intercession” of all the Saints who now live in heaven. The Fathers of the Church also accept as a matter of course the prayers and the intercession of all the saints.

Rick Shull
Rick Shull

November 11, 2017

You say that all who die in Christt, are present tense. With Christ in heaven. In the comments, Shirley says that no one has gone to heaven. Not until the last day. I ran across this same thing at a friends memorial mass. The priest said that the person was in heaven pleading for us, who are still alive, then later said she would rise and go to heaven on the last day. In both cases, you cannot have it both ways. I am trying very hard to understand the communion of saints. I became a catholic on April 6, 1996. I ask a lot of questions in an effort to get a grip on different aspects of the catholic faith. I am not trying to pin you down. Just trying to be sure I can talk about it with others. Thank you for your time and your effort to help us, lay people, to understand. Rick Shull

Leila Taylor
Leila Taylor

November 11, 2017

We as children of God, believers in Jesus Christ as our Risen savior, are all the body of Christ. I agree with this article. The body of Christ comes together to worship, and present in our partaking of Holy Communion. We are communing with all the saints of past, present, and future. Our God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost is eternal; therefore, time as we know it does not really exist. We are in Communion with Him and all the saints at all times.

Shirley
Shirley

November 11, 2017

… No one has gone to heaven yet – not until “judgment day” … all souls are in the realm of the dead … saints in Christ are in “paradise” and those that are NOT IN CHRIST are in “tartarus” . Judgment day (end of time), saints in Christ will go to heaven and those on the left go to eternal hell.
Linda Furroughs
Linda Furroughs

November 11, 2017

Thank you for sharing. I proved the BIBLE n JESUS word through your blog. I know a supposedly ordained minister who disbelieve what you said. Thank God you always put scripture along with your discussions. I believe 1000%. Also thank you for all products i received. I love them they are truly an ice breaker. God Bless you all Ryan please keep up the good work. God Bless all of you. Thank you so very much.
Linda

Linda Furroughs
Linda Furroughs

November 11, 2017

Thank you for sharing. I proved the BIBLE n JESUS word through your blog. I know a supposedly ordained minister who disbelieve what you said. Thank God you always put scripture along with your discussions. I believe 1000%. Also thank you for all products i received. I love them they are truly an ice breaker. God Bless you all Ryan please keep up the good work. God Bless all of you. Thank you so very much.
Linda

Charlotte Roberts
Charlotte Roberts

November 07, 2017

Thank you

Charlotte Roberts
Charlotte Roberts

November 07, 2017

Thank you

Claire S. Usilton
Claire S. Usilton

November 05, 2017

This is a wonderful backup for this question of loved who are deceased. I love the background study done before a comment is made.

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