What is holiness and how can we know what it looks like?
What does scripture say about holiness?
God is Holy:
God’s Holiness is primary…it is basic to all His essence.
This means that He cannot be truly just, if He is not first perfectly holy.
It is His Holiness that attracts us. He is “beautiful in Holiness.”
Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness.”
1 Peter 1:15 says… “As He who hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of life.”
Levit. 11:44 says… “For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Exod. 15:11 says…”Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness…”, meaning great and magnificent in holiness.
Our call to holiness
1 Peter 1:14 says…”As obedient children, not fashioning ourselves according to the former
lusts in your ignorance….be ye holy.”
The truly magnificent thing about this is that ….
“Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thes. 5:24)
“For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)
“And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,
but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith;
that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings,
being made conformable unto His death.” (Phil. 3:9 & 10)
Those of us found in Him, through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross,
find also that God Himself wants to work righteousness and true holiness
in us, by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead on the cross.
The real question then is….
Are we yielding ourselves to God to work this work in us, or are we just
doing our own thing? We can know holiness if we truly desire this
in our lives.
Un-holiness is the lack of desire for God, and the preoccupation with that which is unlike God.
But what is Holiness?
Holiness is a characteristic of God.
But it is more than that, it is His essence …it is who He is.
And we know that Christ is the manifestation of God himself in the flesh.
(John 1:1,14, Colos. 1:14-19, Hebr. 1:1-3)
As a Christian, one who has a personal relationship with Christ as His child,
has taken (accepted) Him as Savior and Lord, becoming a born-again Christian,
we are to show Christ in our lives, as they did in Acts chapter eleven.
These people were (verses 23 and 24) “righteous, full of the Holy Spirit,
and faith, having the grace of God and clinging to the Lord.”
Then they were called “Christians”.
In Acts 4:13-18, the people and the religious leaders “took knowledge of them,
that they had been with Jesus’. What did they mean by this?
They saw in them what they had seen in Jesus. What they did and what they said
so resembled what they knew about Jesus, that they immediately saw the likeness.
If I call myself a Christian, can I look at my life and see Christ in all I say and do?
He desires this for us….Christlikeness…..holiness, for He is Holy.
The truly wonderful thing is that He will do it in us and through us as we yield to Him.
Am I yielded to Him? What is it in my life that is not yielded to Him?
Galatians 5:16 says “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
Then …. if I am fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, I am not walking
as God would have me to walk…in the Spirit?
(Gal. 5:19-21 gives some of the lusts of the flesh.)
In Christ we have been set free from the power of sin (Rom. 6:1-10).
Romans 6:11-13 says, “Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead
indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Let not sin,
therefore, reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. Neither yield
ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of
righteousness unto God.”
Romans 6:18 & 19 says, “Being made free from sin, ye become the servants of
righteousness…..even so now yield your members servants to righteousness,
What am I yielding to in my life? Is it lusts of the flesh, or is it to Christ’s righteousness?
Do I have a choice….yes.
Christ freed me from the power of sin to choose holiness in my life.
Ask the Lord to show you in your own life what you need to see as sin,
or how to seek Christ in a greater way to know true holiness in your life.
Jere. 33:3 encourages us to call on Him so He can
“show thee great and mighty things
which thou knowest not.”