Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Meaning of Holiness

Think with me for a few moments about the command to be holy. Why should we be holy? Why is there so much emphasis in God’s Word on holiness? I want to suggest to you at least three reasons why we should be holy.
God’s creative purpose for His people is holiness. (Ephesians 1:4)
Ephesians 1:4. Before man existed, before planet Earth, the universe, etc., God purposed His people should be holy and walk before Him in love. Holiness was on His mind before He made us.
Before there were any people, before there was a planet called earth, before God made the universe, the solar system. Ephesians tells us that God purposed that His people should be holy and walk before Him in love.
God’s calling for His people is for them to be holy. (2 Timothy 1:9)
Not only is holiness part of God’s creative plan, but holiness is part of God’s calling. When mankind fell, God didn’t change His mind about us being holy. In 2 Timothy 1:9, we read that God ““He hath saved us and called us with a holy calling not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus.”
In other words, when you became aware of your sins and your need of a savior, when God through His grace enabled you to repent and invite Jesus into your heart and to allow Him to take control of your life, it wasn’t just forgiveness that He was offering you. With his offer comes His call for us to live a holy life.

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