I’m writing this on All Saint’s Day (Nov 1) and Kea asked how many saints are there. The correct answer is in Christ we are all saints. Of those who are examples to us, there are often two to three per day in the Anglican list, and hundreds per century on the Catholic lists.
Those lists will have errors in them, but there are generations of saints looking at this time.
But we are not those who have gone before us. We are of this time and to us this passage is written. It does not matter who our fathers and forefathers were. What matters is that Christ is known to us, and that through him we are known to the father.
Otherwise we will eventually converge, and find ourselves at one with Satan.
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”