A Call For Holiness
GOD IS HOLY
God has instructed his people to walk holy for he is HOLY
1 Peter 1:15 “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.
The Scripture above and also 1 Samuel 2:2 expresses explicitly the essence of who God is – He is HOLY; this proclamation of his holiness places emphasis on our allegiance to him, according to our Love, Worship and obedience of this Holy God, that we show honour unto him with Great adoration, for He is Holy, and there’s none beside him.
The Sovereign God of Holiness abhors sin and wickedness and every evil deed; and according to Isaiah 59:2 his hatred of sin has caused him to separate from those who commit it; and further more he has also hidden his face from those that do evil, so that he would not hear them when they call on him; Nevertheless, Blessed be God, because of His mercies he is calling All to come out of sin, to walk in holiness, for the remission of sins.
The Biblical definition of Holy:
The Greek word for Holy is Hagios, which means faultlessness, purity, consecrated, set apart, to be morally blameless.
The Hebrew word for Holy is “qodesh” which means set apart, sacred.
What is Holiness?
Holiness is the state of being faithful to God, this means that the individual’s conscious spiritual state is in submission to God, this is in terms of his obedience and reverence to God and his Word. Being holy brings the individual in alignment with God in the spirit, in which the individual is now spiritually in love with God, and in connection and agreement with Him; He has also received the Word of God with gladness, by faith, and is now resolved in his heart to obey it.
This submissiveness to God brings accountability and responsibility by the individual with the Sovereign God, in which the individual is now diligent to ensure his obedience to God, this is purely for the glory of God and for the love that he has for God.
Recap – Let’s go into more depth concerning Holiness
Psalms 119:9 reveals:
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word”.
As was said earlier, the individual’s resolved state of mind has now aligned him spiritually with the Spirit of God and his Word, in which he begins to love God liberally by the surrendering of his Will with total obedience to God, however it must be noted that if the individual has part obedience this will null (bring to nought) the process of reconciliation with God.
I again reiterate, that this action by the individual can only take place or be achieved by the help and intervention of the Holy Spirit, in which the refining processes to deliver the individual from all carnality, brings purity of the spirit. Hence, in this spiritual and liberating condition in walking in the Light, the individual is now deemed to be Holy.
When someone makes the decision to love God, in terms of abstaining from sin, to walk in the holiness of God, it is an remarkable spiritual journey with God, for during this process of healing with God, the individual begins to spiritually flower in the spirit, in terms of him experiencing a spiritual uplift. This spiritual uplift is due to the Holy Spirit process of gradually removing all strongholds and baggage of the individual’s former sinful life. However, this process is dependent on the individual’s faithfulness to the call of God, which is to be truly faithful to do all God has commanded, and to be free from sin by actively rejecting it.
John 14:15 declares: “if you Love me, Keep my Commandments“ hence, because of the love that the individual has for God, this individual also receives the blessing of God, because he does the things that are pleasing to God. See below some of the blessings in Psalms 1:1-3 –
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper”.
Before Jesus was manifested, God Instructed the children of Israel (God’s chosen people) to be Holy
Leviticus 19:2 reveals
“Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy”
In order for the Children of Israel to meet up to this requirement of holiness, the Lord God required that the Children of Israel follow the laws given, they also were required of God to offer up animal blood sacrifices (sin offerings- blood sacrifice) which in that instance would temporarily cleansed them from their sins. These sacrifices were put in place as a temporary solution to a big problem, which did help to appease God; Nevertheless, God accepted these sacrifices in his mercies, which rendered them holy before the Holy God. Again, this was a temporary measure, a shadow of things to come, until Jesus was manifested, for the blood of animals could not take away inward sins. see below Hebrew 10:1-4 which makes clear the weakness of the sin offerings the children of Israel offered to God which could never cleanse them inwardly.
“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshippers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins”
Note, when Jesus comes into an individual’s life, his blood would ultimately destroy the works of darkness in his life, this action of God is absolutely imperative to take away our inward sins, bringing holiness in the Spirit.
The Composition of the Life giving Blood of Jesus compared to Man’s Blood
We all need to understand the properties of blood in comparison to the Blood of Jesus. I will use simple terms when describing the vital life-maintaining works involved with blood.
Blood is the lifeline for the body. Every cell in our body is contained in the blood and is transported throughout the whole body. The oxygen from the lungs which oxygenates the cells are also transported with the blood. These cells are then renewed with new blood and new oxygen approximately every 50 seconds, this renews and sustains the life of the cell systematically.
It is important to know that blood not only contains oxygen but nutrients, which also helps to keep the body alive and healthy. The Body is dependent on the oxygenated cells and nutrients, which keeps the cells alive, hence sustaining the life of the body.
Blood also transports Carbon Dioxide one of the waste products of the body, which is then exhaled by the lungs. Other waste materials are also transported by the blood to the Kidneys, Liver and intestines. It is also important to know that the substance of blood also maintains and regulates the temperature of our body, hence, keeping the body with its organs in absolute synchronization for the purpose of maintaining life. The White blood cells are the cells of the immune system, these cells are also transported by the blood. When the body is sick or injured, these white blood cells also protect the body from infections and other foreign invaders.
In Comparison, The Blood of Jesus
The cleansing /Life giving properties of the Blood of Jesus.
The blood of Jesus not only cleanses and removes darkness with all its impurities and putrid mess of unrighteousness, but it also has protective factors, which explicitly protects One from from all spiritual attacks.
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe”.
The composition of the Blood of Jesus is so powerful, that it can remove the curse of sin and all uncleanness from the body, by the Power of God. when we compare the oxygenated blood of our own bodies and the spiritual life giving blood of Jesus with its life giving properties, there is No earthly element or man’s involvement here. God’s intervention by the power of the Holy spirit reveals that the blood of Jesus is the spiritual dimension of God’s saving grace, in which the blood of his Son brings life to our spiritually dead body, awakening us spiritually to God in the Light. It is through this divine transfusion of the blood of Jesus, that God makes that which had become unclean and spiritually dead because of sin clean, which brings new life to the individual’s spiritual body by the Spiritual Cleansing Power of the Blood of Jesus
The Blood of Jesus regulates our spiritual body to deliver us from temptations, evil thoughts, fleshy sinful emotions, and every sin of the heart. It maintains our whole life in the spirit, regulating and sustaining our spiritual life with God; hence, bringing God’s protection throughout. See Isaiah 54:17 –
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord”.
What does it mean to Be perfect as I am perfect? (Matthew 5:48)
The word perfect derives from the Greek transliterated word teleios which means “whole” or “complete“; hence when the Lord called us to be perfect he was actually commanding us to be whole and complete as we were before the fall in terms of Holiness unto the Lord; also to be in agreement with Him to live a life of Righteousness, which brings us in Right Standing with God.
To be Whole implies, where we were once broken and wretched because of sin, we are now made whole by faith.
During the great transition from darkness to light, the Lord changes and transforms the individual’s life, setting him apart for himself to make him whole and complete in him again, thus restoring holiness. However we must carefully keep in mind that all this is dependant on the individual’s love for God.
SIN CANCELS OUT HOLINESS
We must not continue in sin after conversion.
We must with all earnestness maintain our relationship with God by the daily maintenance of faith, obedience, prayer life, studying of his Word, application of his Word, spiritual growth by works of righteousness according to his Word, and loving God. Our own works of righteousness is flawed to the core and will not keep sin away, but by the righteousness of God we’re able to maintain the righteousness of God in our lives, against all sinful desires.
John 15:3 declares:
“Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you”.
2 TIMOTHY 2:15-16 states that we must maintain to:-
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness”.
Without Holiness it is impossible to please God
It is important that we endeavor NOT to show part obedience, but to make it sure with all diligence to show true sincerity towards God with all our heart. Note, The level of our sincerity to God will determine our obedience to him.
1 Peter 1:14 “As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance”.
OUR DUTY TO GOD
The whole duty of man is to love God with all our heart, with all our strength, and with all our soul in Jesus name, Mark 12: 32-33. We must also present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service. ref. Romans 12:1
To maintain the Light of Jesus in our lives we must absolutely endeavor not to be a hearer of the Word only, but also a doer of the Word. See below James 1:22-25
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does”.
Strategies to be Victorious
Decision making plays a large part when it comes to putting forward strategic measures to be a over-comer in God. These strategic measures will bring the individual to adapt to spiritual strategies NOT fleshy derived strategies, which will help him to be spiritually infused with the know-how by the Wisdom of God, to do what it takes to be victories. For example the strategies of putting on the whole Armour of God and maintaining a prayer life throughout helps to build the individual strong in the spirit, enabling him to be more than a conqueror when challenges are presented.
“Put on the whole Armour of God that your able to stand against the wiles of the devil” !
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Our commitment to God will determine our relationship with God. We are called to be a Holy nation, soldiers of the Living God. However, to be a true Soldier of God we must be clad with the Armour of God. With this Armour we’re able to withstand against every evil dart of the devil. The putting on of the whole Armour of God will ensure victory and protect the individual, sealing the relationship between God and himself; A word of warning! We must be rooted and grounded in the Word of God.
For as many are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For the Lord is able to keep His Soldier from falling down in the battle, and to also present him faultless and holy before the presence of his glory, that is when his soldier is clad with His Armour; ref. Jude 1:24 -25 .
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”. 1 Peter 2:9
In order to enter the spiritual realm of God’s Holy courts we need to know exactly what is required.
PSALMS 24:3-4 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
God won’t except anything less than Holiness.
The enemies objectives are to try to bombard Christians with the cares of the world, to take them off the track of righteousness. But with all durability of the spirit we must stand faithful, vigilant, diligent, watchful, prayerful, for the the Lord has equipped us with his power and authority to stand.
Luke 10:19 declares “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.
Calling all Saints of God and the Whole World –
that I may edify, remind and encourage you all, that the Lord God is coming to Judge this world of all its deeds according to every individual’s life on earth. He is coming for a holy people, a holy nation and they shall reign with him for all eternity. ref. Daniel 7:18
We must with all diligence resist the devil, at all cost, by the Power of God in Jesus name. For Obedience is better than sacrifice (ref. 1 Samuel 15:22).
Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
The enemies of God do tremble when they know One is no longer standing with them in sin, instead One is going against them by obedience to God. Once the mind of the individual is made up to absolutely obey God, and the goal is Light, no matter what we’re going through, we’re already more than conquerors by the power of God, and with endurance and diligence we will reach that heavenly place.
God restores each of his children in his mercies, by faith, that he may be one with him in Holiness, with all reverence to him, with Joy unspeakable.
Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”.