This paper examines the question: Who are the saints? In the Old Testament the saints are the people of God, the nation of Israel, specifically those who have genuine faith and are true believers. In the New Testament the saints are the church, those who have been regenerated through the working of the Holy Spirit to be more than members of the visible church, but members of the eternal invisible church as well. In modern times we often speak of the “gathering of the saints.” Both noun and verb uses are included in Scripture and they are essentially distinguished by whether or not an Old Testament gathering or a New Testament gathering is in view. This investigation notes the difference and why the difference is important.
Priddy, K. E. (2013). The Gathering of the Saints: Noun or Verb?. Great Commission Research Journal, 5(1), 83-98. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol5/iss1/9