Borrowed from the comrades over at primitivesalvationism.com…
But just as he who called you in holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written, ‘Be holy, because I am holy’.
-1 Peter 1:15-16
WE GOTTA BE HOLY! No one can argue the fact that Christians are called to lead holy, sin-free lives. We have the Ten Commandments, the Gospels and a bunch of NT books to show us what holy living looks like, not to mention having the word written on our hearts.
So often, though, our experience is more like Romans 7:14-25. READ IT! Especially v. 18. It’s a depressing passage, but the glimmer of hope is in v. 25: Jesus Christ can rescue us from this body of death! We don’t have to live according to the sinful nature anymore! Jesus came, died and rose again not just so we can be forgiven for our sins, but so we can be free from our slavery to sin! Now THAT is Good News!
Now, before we move on there’s three things you should know about holiness:
1.You can’t get holy by being good. You can’t earn holiness or work for it. It’s totally a gift from God.
2.You receive that gift in faith. Like any gifts of grace from God, you have to believe it to receive it. And you have to keep on believing in faith that He has made you holy until His Spirit testifies to your spirit that He’s sanctified you.
3.If you’re willing, you can receive the grace of holiness now. That’s right, you don’t have to wait till you’re older, more mature or dead until you become holy. God will give it to you now, if you have faith to receive it.
“HOW do I get this gift of holiness, freedom from my sinful nature?” I hear you saying. Well, I’m glad you asked! Holiness is totally a gift from God – one that He wants to give you! But just like we had to repent before God gave us the gift of salvation, God requires us to consecrate ourselves to Him (consecrate means ‘to set apart for the exclusive use of God). In other words, Holy Spirit will put to death the misdeeds of your body (i.e. the sinful nature) if you surrender entirely to Him, give up everything that you are and have and do and want – lay it all before God. By this we are basically saying to God, “i want to live according to the Spirit of God and not according to the sinful nature” (check out Romans 8:13-14…read it!)
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Being holy will help your warfare as well! You see, warriors of God have three enemies – the flesh (sinful nature), the world and the devil and his demons. When God, in His great grace, makes us holy the flesh is dealt with – defeated! Keep on guard, though. As you seek holiness, and as God gives it to you, the enemy will up his attacks on you. This usually comes in the form of increased temptation and doubt about if you actually received the blessing of holiness. You can overcome in Christ Jesus, though!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Talk to God. Surrender your all to Him. Ask Holy Spirit to fill you entirely. Ask Him to put to death your sinful nature and to make you holy. Receive the blessing of holiness by faith. Then walk it out – choose to live out the blessing of holiness by making holy choices.
TESTIFY! Tell someone that you surrendered your all to God and that He’s purified you! That way they can remind you when the enemy puts doubt in your mind. Remember, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (check out Revelation 12:11). In all things, you are more than a conquerer through Christ Jesus. If they’re into it, tell them how they can get holy too!
YOU WON’T REGRET IT, I promise you. Holiness opens you up to greater blessing and revelation of Jesus. It’s like the fast lane of Christianity. And it’s glorious! By the grace of God, be holy because God is holy!