Be Holy? Get Real!

"I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy."  My suspicion is that Moses got dry-mouthed as he considered the ramifications of these words.
"I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy." My suspicion is that Moses got dry-mouthed as he considered the ramifications of these words.

Be Holy

In an encounter with Moses, God laid out this command: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Moses must’ve swallowed dryly as a lump solidified at the back of his throat.  We can almost hear him echo God: Be holy, because I am holy. How is that possible?

That question ought to resonate with us because we react in much the same way. The magnificent holiness of God is mind-boggling, and then we realize with awe that we are called to be holy because he is holy. How is that possible?

As the full weight of God’s expectations settle into us, we rationalize our entirely normal imperfections and make excuses for our humanity as we slice, dice and parse chapters and verse until we can cast a shadow of holiness that resides within the realm of our wisdom and knowledge.

However, God transcends our wisdom and knowledge, beckoning us to cultivate a tight connection to him that is supernatural and yes, holy. In our educated and enlightened state, we protest and complain that holy is an Old Testament word and holiness is an archaic concept.

Despite our fast-paced objections to the contrary, God’s requirement remains unchanged; despite the disintegrating morality that engulfs us, God’s people are still called to be holy; despite misguided legalism with its legacy of wounds and guilt, we must live and communicate holiness.

   "Therefore go and make 
    disciples of all nations,
    baptizing them in the
    name of the Father and
    of Son and of the Holy
    Spirit, and teaching 
    them to obey everything 
    I have commanded you."
     ~Jesus of Nazareth~ 

A Complete Mystery

If we are serious about holiness, then it is necessary for us to develop a fluid way of thinking that allows it to be effectively poured into new and different wineskins because it must be accessible to a post-Christian culture. Otherwise it is all superficial balderdash reserved only for religious insiders. If that is the case, then our faith has no integrity at all.

We can no longer use antiquated language that makes no effort to communicate Biblical truth to a pluralistic society. It is self-evident that in some circles the language of the holiness movement is a sacred cow that needs to be sacrificed on the altar of the Great Commission. It is extremely problematic to make disciples speaking an exclusive language that is obsolete and outmoded.

We cannot allow religious terms and phrases to be a stumbling block or a pile of cultural rubbish surrounding the cross of Calvary. To continue to do so is to make a mockery of God’s words to Moses and to us: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

If we were to exercise some gut-check honesty, we would admit that holiness is a complete mystery to us. When we take away its pious glamour and strip it down to a word rooted in the full spectrum of human emotion, then the mystery of holiness whispers at the outside edge of reason, challenging us to dip deeper into the well of discipline.

To get hold of gold nuggets of truth on our spiritual journey requires continuous digging & effort on our part.
To get hold of gold nuggets of truth on our spiritual journey requires continuous digging & effort on our part.

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Two Points

Linguistic endeavors and mental gymnastics aside, God working with and within us to shape a practical spiritual vitality is a labyrinthine mine shaft with rich veins of truth requiring our continual efforts.

Biblical holiness outshines our hopes and fears as it keeps us in a constant state of growth and renewal, but its dynamics are an absolute perplexity to us. We teach it, preach it and attempt to live it, but when it comes to understanding; our comprehension of holiness is nebulous at best.

If that sounds like a cop-out or some soft-shoe dancing around a vital but difficult doctrine, then go ahead, explain holiness. Or better yet, survey ten different people from diverse age brackets, backgrounds and experiences. Ask each one of them to explain holiness.

My point is twofold: First, we make a grievous error when we assume there is a common meaning to a word that is shaded with rich hues of color and perspective. Holiness makes some people think about shouting and an experiential moment in time that settled spiritual matters for them once and for all.

For others the word holiness causes them to shiver with bad memories of destructive bondage, because it prescribed a rigid pattern of dress and behavior that was strictly enforced. Others see it as a high-energy sensation that must be repeated again and again, and still others recognize the super and natural aspects of walking with God, where the process of grace and growth has a perpetual motion to it.

Second, our error magnifies itself when we reflect the impression that for us there are no questions, no doubts, no wrestling or struggles with this primal command from God: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

When we eliminate the mystery of holiness because we claim to have fixed and firm answers to all the intimate and intricate questions, we engage in an idolatry of pride and arrogance that diminishes the sovereignty of God and denies the uniqueness of individual personality.

"There's a whole lot of people
 suffering tonight
 From the disease of conceit.
 Whole lot of people
 struggling tonight
 from the disease of conceit.
 Comes right down the highway
 Straight down the line
 Rips into your senses
 Through your body
 and your mind
 Nothing about it that's sweet
 The disease of conceit."
        ~Bob Dylan~ 

 

Disease Of Conceit

It seems that we historically mistake strong sentiments and dogma for holiness. Too often personal convictions and consciences supersede Scripture. We take pleasure in the comfortable routine of tradition and come to believe that what we have been is what we always must be, so we draw a line in the sand and hunker down to protect our turf.

We come to enjoy the faithful remnant mindset or glory in being lone voices crying in the wilderness, but in doing so we disregard the progressive and unfolding nature of God’s revelation to us.

There is nothing inherently wrong with advancing strong opinions or standing alone on any given issue, but as Bob Dylan put it, we humans are infected with the “disease of conceit” which blinds us to the folly of our ego.

The “disease of conceit” is our sin nature and it instills in us an infinite capacity to transform nonessentials into essentials, then we weave those nonessentials into our message. More often than not those nonessentials are rooted in memory, interpretational bias or cultural preference rather than Scripture.

If our personal convictions or consciences separate us from or splinters the body of Christ, how can that possibly be holiness? After all, love must be the epitome of holiness and the Apostle Paul exhorts us to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

In Jericho there was a tax collector of short stature named Zacchaeus.  Crowds were surrounding Jesus, but Zacchaeus was so drawn to him & so anxious to see him that he climbed a sycamore-fig tree.
In Jericho there was a tax collector of short stature named Zacchaeus. Crowds were surrounding Jesus, but Zacchaeus was so drawn to him & so anxious to see him that he climbed a sycamore-fig tree.

Jesus Christ

If our attitudes, lifestyle or expression of holiness repels people from the gospel, then we cannot be experiencing Biblical holiness. Jesus of Nazareth modeled holiness in the first century, so if we desire to be genuine in our relationship with God and in our relationship with the world around us, we ought to re-examine Christ’s life to relearn timeless truths.

Christ embodied holiness, yet the ne’er-do-wells, social outcasts and sinners flocked to him without fear of rejection because he embraced them all with open arms. Those not good enough or religiously correct enough to be warmly welcomed in the synagogues found faith, hope and love in Christ.

His holiness did not separate him from them, but rather, Christ boldly and unashamedly invaded the seamy underbelly of their world with a peace and serenity that was magnetic in its appeal. He sat with them, partied with them and related to them as individuals made in the image of God. His lifestyle message had an inclusive quality to it that invited and encouraged everyone to participate in sincere community and experience heartfelt relationships.

The holiness Christ displayed did not carry judgment for those seeking the kingdom. Nor did it denounce those on the outside looking in who were asking questions and testing and trying to fathom the riddles of their spiritual dimension. Neither did it have rules, customs or big-stick enforcement that turned people into sanctified sourpusses.

But in an incarnation of the inexplicable dichotomy of God, Christ’s holiness did carry judgment for those elite guardians of religious purity who “shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces.” This gentle outsider from Nazareth confronted those religious insiders who were determined to strain out gnats and debate the finer points of theology, while missing the essence of justice, mercy and faithfulness.

Jesus did not use any weak-kneed or politically correct terminology when he took the scribes and Pharisees to task because they had their religion all figured out and wrapped up in a package with ribbons of regulations tying it all together. That fact should be a red-flag warning for us to subdue the conceited control-freak, who in one degree or another occupies a dark corner in each of our hearts.

Christ’s blanket condemnation of religiosity should challenge us to persistently strengthen the vitality of our personal and corporate relationship with God.

How would you evaluate & grade yourself at living out what you say you believe?

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Be Real

What should holiness look like nowadays?  Actually, when we get right down to it, twenty-first century holiness has exactly the same characteristics as the first century holiness celebrated by Christ.  His life had the stamp of authenticity.  There was no gap between what he believed and his attitudes, actions and words.  How far short of that standard do we fall?  

Holiness equals spiritual authenticity, and it must speak to us of our desperate need to be endlessly at work narrowing the distance between what we say we believe and how we live.  Authenticity is all about honesty; honesty with each other, honesty with ourselves and honesty with God.  

Honesty is something we affirm aloud, but in our silent moments alone with God we often cringe away from it and slip into denial mode.

As the shining light of God’s holiness probes the darkest recesses of our hearts to expose our hidden motivations and concealed secrets, we always have a choice.  We can choose to change and grow, or we can stiffen our resistance to the process of grace and growth, which results in regression, bitterness and ultimately a withering spiritual death.  

By all outward appearances we can be living and breathing, but in reality be cold and dead on the inside.  Jesus referred to those who practiced this religious hypocrisy as “white-washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.”

The symbiotic alliance between grace and growth can empower us to clean out the musty closets and crawl spaces of our lives or we can choose to slam those doors shut and effectively exchange spiritual authenticity for a phony dualism layered with overlapping contradictions.   

God could have put it this way to Moses: “Be real, because I am real.”  Be real, be honest, be genuine, be authentic.  Be holy.  

No veneer of religion; no mask of propriety; no pretentious sanctimony; no straitjacketed emotions; no fictionalization of the human experience; no sugarcoating sin in a glaze of respectability; no convoluted adherence to “hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than Christ.” 

Fear & Trembling

Being real does not happen in a heartbeat or in solitary confinement.  It is hammered and forged and perfected over the course of a lifetime in Christ within the grace-induced ebb and flow of community.  

It is an intentional synergy between God and us as individuals, and also as God’s people at this point in history.  In spite of the panoramic diversity of our failures and our complete inability to be consistent in words and deeds, we must covenant together to be real in our holiness.

It may be complicated to explain, impossible to adequately comprehend and difficult to live with a satisfactory wholeness, but it continues to be a Divine imperative: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  Given that inarguable reality, we must be vigilant as we labor together to fashion a twenty-first century holiness that clearly reflects the compelling love and mercy of God as demonstrated by a carpenter from Nazareth.

Is it any wonder that a tentmaker from Tarsus approached this seminal task with fear and trembling?  Can we do any less?

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This time, I get to be first. Cool. Ken, I wish I'd written this, but I didn't. God gave you the vision because He knew you were the one who could truly bring it out in a way people could understand and relate to!

Keep it goin'! You did a lot of research and work behind this and it flows so well!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Unchained Grace - Thank you. Glad you were the first one here. Peace & blessings to you.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

Ken,

I agree with UG, God has given you the grace to complete this particular hub in a way that us simpleton's could grasp it. I'm glad you alluded to holiness not being our religious jargon, or something you put on and take off. God said to Moses, BE. Be ye holy, for I am holy.

Great hub

God Bless


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

godpreacher - Thank you for your words of affirmation. Very much appreciated.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

If we would stop and think about scriptures more and pray. I think we would all get a deeper meaning out of them.

This scripture, you mentioned "Go Ye Therefore and Teach All Nations...." has popped up 3 times in the last few days. Looks like, an important verse lately...I think I need to focus on this and pray too! Nice Hub-Page by the way:)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

heart4theword - Thank you for your thoughtful words. You are right about thinking more about the meaning of Scripture. Blessings to you.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Hi Ken,

Though provoking indeed, and timely. Something is going on in the heavenlies and I see all we hubbing believers honing in on the main points of faith, surely not by 'chance'.

I see a 'baptism'occuring, where believers are being marinaded in the Holy Spirit and are being changed, just as happens with anything else marinaded, they take on the character of what they are marinaded in.

Good hub at the right time, I thank you.

John


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've always been for "plain talk" whether in secular life or in religion.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

John - Thank you for good words of affirmation & encouragement. You are exactly right about marination. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

dahoglund - Amen to straight talk. I recently had to tell someone that I do not do "nuance". They looked at me as if I was nuts...maybe I am. :>)


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Dear Ken thankyou for the visit to my site. Thankyou so ever much for your site as I read through your articles, I am reminded that I AM AS A DUTIFUL CHILD OF GOD ALMIGHTY I AM ALSO A SERVANT TO THE LORD MY GOD. IT IS MY OBLIGATION AND LOVING DUTY TO SERVE HIM AS MY FATHER AND MY CREATOR.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Ken, may you be blessed for allowing God to use you in enhancing our real world thinking about holiness.

I know that we cannot be holy in the sense seemingly required of us in Scripture on our own. And though we cannot fully understand "holiness" any more than we can "grace," perhaps, if Christ abides in us, and we in Him, we partake of and share His holiness. It is through His holiness that His children are made holy. His holiness in us, "reflects the compelling love and mercy of God as demonstrated" by the Son. Thus, it may not be as important to know precisely what holiness means, as it is to live in the One who is holy.

Blessings!

Forever His,


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Ken R Abell-

In truth,I believe this hub shares an incredibly profound message-thank you.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Ken R Arbell, Wonderful insight! As you say; "Despite our fast-paced objections to the contrary, God’s requirement remains unchanged; despite the disintegrating morality that engulfs us, God’s people are still called to be holy; despite misguided legalism with its legacy of wounds and guilt, we must live and communicate holiness."

We were created for God! He would not ask us to do something that is not possible! We must seek His will and His way above all else! "Be ye Holy for I am Holy," Thank you for sharing, Blessings!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dave - Thank you for stopping in & sharing. Peace, blessings & encouragement to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - Thank you for your encouraging & very thoughtful words. More fodder for me to think about & consider. Blessings always.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

itakins - Thank you so much.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

DeBorrah - Thank you for coming by & leaving affirming comments. We must always be pressing on in our faith, don't we. Blessings to you.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken, a fine and timely point that you have brought forth. It has weighed heavy on my mind this morning. Drawing me into the pages of scripture. Holiness escapes me, at this moment, I am sure that will change as I pray for clarification. It has been like a millstone on my mind and emotions as of late. I feel that there is an evil presence afoot in the world and it has been eating at me almost as if I have drawn an evil demon into my circle. I don't know how else to describe it. A secular shrink would declare it simple "depression" and refer me to a medication to drive it out. It is way deeper than that I fear. I may be overdosing on the state of the union and the impending doom of the times. It drew me to Deuteronomy 29 and though it was in reference to Israel, I find it easy to place upon the United States at this time in history. This probably makes little sense to a reply to an excellent hub on Holiness, none the less you have incited a search for an answer to what I feel is an ever changing definition of "Holy". I lived in isolation from the world for a decade and now this computer has brought a mesh of things present that I had placed myself in an insulated state from. Despite the wickedness of the world there are people as yourself that bring along messages of hope and a will to look deeper into the end game and knowledge that we all can and will be taken care of by the Holiness of God.

Thank you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

50 Caliber - You're welcome for the Hub. Thank you for reading & sharing your thoughts. I am glad this led you to dig through Scripture - that is always a worthwhile exercise. Blessings & encouragement as you work through & be free of that millstone bothering you. May the peace & presence of God settle & calm your mind & spirit.


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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

You've done it again, Ken. I love your perception that none of us can actually understand or explain holiness. Lots of people seem to regard it as a display of legalism, and that has given it a bad rap. But God said to be holy "because I am holy," not "because I said so." Being holy has something to do with being like God. I don't understand that, either, but we're all more likely to be holy by looking to God than by looking to any denominational rule book. And if somehow we look more holy to others than to ourselves, that can't be all bad.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

allpurposeguru - Thank you. Every denomination has it rule book, doesn't it? Must have something to do with the human condition. :>) Blessings to you.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Ken... WELL SAID my friend, i believe you have captured the very essence of the heart of God. Jesus came and we saw the Father and everything He stood for in the simplest form of unconditional love. The religious process is the complete opposite of God's way or the upside down Kingdom as some have refered to it. Coming as a child we receive the blessing of life through and perfected in the Holiness of Christ. If we persist in childishness we miss the whole matter and enter into the domain of not knowing the Father, Son or Holy Spirit. God in his overwhelming love for us knew not to leave us to our own merits, but still many cannot get into the simplicity of faith in the work done on our behalf. Everything is in Christ for our appropriation... that leaves no room for our building a staircase to reach heaven. "The Kingdom has come and is among you and is IN YOU," said Jesus. Matt.13-19,Luke 17.21 A treasure worth finding. SHOUT this to the mutitudes that they might be set free!!

Matt.18.3 And He told them, "Unless you CHANGE and BECOME like LITTLE CHILDREN..."

Thank you, L.


Keith 6 years ago

Ken,this is great! Especially helpful for my sermon on Sunday. I'm pretty certain there will be direct quotes.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Saintatlarge - Thank you very much for your affirming & thought-provoking words. I have been thinking for a couple years now about the depth of meaning & ramifications of Christ's words about becoming "as little children." There's a lot more there than the typical surface teachings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Keith. I tried to have Luke's "Everything Necessary" as one of the books, but Amazon has a glitch in it or something. Are you sure you want to quote me? I thought things were going well at ABC?


Keith 6 years ago

Ha! Ha! And my end of term review is coming in two weeks. I'm just trying to test and see if they really want me around here.

Actually my talk on Sunday is from Romans 6:12-14 and its entitled "Full-Throttle Christ Follower" and it's on holiness. And yes, Luke will be there . . .


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Sounds good.


Elisa Yager 6 years ago

Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I'm passing on the link to several people who I know will be as blessed as I was to read it! Great job Ken. You GO!


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christinecook 6 years ago

I truly enjoyed reading your hub,you have a gift with words.Jesus was so good as he did not debate anything,He walked what He lived.I remember one time the Lord speaking to my heart,saying you can talk the talk but can you walk the talk? To walk it one would think might be easy,yet it is not.I am glad if I fall that I fall forward :) hopefully.

Peace Be With you Ken


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Elisa - You're welcome. Thank you for all the affirmation & thanks for passing it along to others. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

christine - Thank you for your kind affirmation. Peace, blessings & much encouragement to you on your journey.


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Timely 6 years ago from United States

Wonderful hub. Elusive yet confirming. Holiness a repected, disired, mandated, intangible state of spiritual growth to pursue. So well put in this hub. Thank you for you sharing.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Timely - Thank you for stopping by & sharing. Your words of affirmation are very much appreciated.


peacenhim 6 years ago

Excellent, well thought out and well written Hub!! Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever, and to be Holy as He is Holy has not changed since Moses' time. We are called to be the Light and Salt of the earth. "But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless." Matt.5:13

Many think to be holy is to be pious, like the religious leaders. This is pseudo-holiness, not heartfelt, and is only done for show. Much like the religious leaders of Jesus' time. Jesus said in Matt. 5:20; "But I warn you.....unless you obey God better than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees do, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all!!" Wow!! His Words really cut through all the B.S. There is no middle ground with the Lord, either you are living a Christian life, or you're not, and He sees it all, all of our faults, shortcomings, attitudes, intentions of the heart, seeds of sin planted from impurity, and unless we repent and humble ourselves, and truly seek Him who gave us life, our life can never exude true holiness. We are mere human, and we all have sinned and have all fallen short of the glory of God. But Jesus is looking for a circumcised heart, one who worships Him in Spirit and in Truth. We will always make mistakes, that's human, but to have the heart of God, is to immediately turn from our mistakes and walk humbly before Him, in the Light of His Holiness! Thank you Ken R. for another eye opening article!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, peacenhim. Your heartfelt comments of encouragement & affirmation are greatly appreciated. Blessings to you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Ken, This message was obviously inspired and you wrote it so beautifully. It is excellent and the you left no holes in your explanation of holiness. I hadn't had a chance to read it before but I am too ill to get to church today which I seldom miss and one of my precious lady friends went home to be with the Lord last night. This morning I had the time to give to read slowly and absorb your message. Excellent work!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Pamela - Thank you. Sorry you are ill, but am glad you had the opportunity to read this & it was an encouragement to you. Peace & blessings to you.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

Thank You! My words are gone, you have written such a beautiful and incredible work here.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

The Rope - You're welcome. Thank you for your strong words of affirmation. Much appreciated.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

In the Old Testament, righteousness came by faith (i.e. Abraham). Then, when Israel was delivered from Egypt, righteousness came by faith and the Law (Moses). Now, righteousness (holiness) comes by faith in Christ by which God's Spirit is allowed to live in us and through us...to grow us from glory to glory. We mustn't grieve or hinder the Spirit of God, subjecting our will to His. We must remain humble, in that we are sinners and never forget our holiness comes through faith in Christ alone.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:20, "For I say to you that unless your righteousness [holiness] surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees [Law givers and hypocrites], you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."

2 Cor 5:21 tells us, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness [holiness] of God in Him."

1 Cor 1:30 "Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin."

We are indeed made holy because He is holy ~ He Who died for us and now lives in us, seals us by His Spirit until the day of redemption (Eph 4:30).


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Judah's Daughter - Thank you for your thoughtful comments & the Scripture passages. Blessings & peace to you.


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Enjoyed reading your hub. Excellent presentation pertaining to spirituality and Holiness. Yes I believe those who've had the experience of direct contact with God Almighty were truly in a fearful state of being. look forward to reading more. Bless you


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Artin2010 - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Peace & blessings to you.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

You always leave me thinking- and as always; have a great way of explaining things that cuts out all the superficial BS, that so many so many put into writing and into their beliefs-Thanks For Sharing

HC Porter


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

H.C. - Thank you for your kind & generous comments. I am glad that my writings leave you thinking; that is a huge encouragment to me. Be encouraged & blessed always.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

"Be vigilant" is an excellent admonition to wrap things up with. Thought provoking encouragement, thanks. May 2010 find us walking more like Hanani--faithful, fearing God more than most. Interesting dialogue too.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RTalloni - Thank you for the visit & comments. Peace & blessings to you.


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Hannah Ministries 6 years ago

I want to thank you for this great artikle. Being a christian myself I know that I need to change to be more 'transparent', more holy in my thoughts and plans. God used your HUB to show me again how to live. THanks you so much.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Hannah Ministries - You're welcome. Thank you for giving it a read. I'm glad it touched your heart. Blessings to you.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Excellent and thoughtful discussion of holiness. Holiness is not something you can put on or take off. Personal convictions must never get in the way of truth. Holiness begins in the heart with a reverence for God that extends to every point of your being and actions. Blessings! A truly deep and thoughtful look at a complex state of being. Blessings!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Smireles - Thank you for your thoughtful & kind words. Much appreciated. Peace & blessings to you.


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

"Holiness equals spiritual authenticity"

well said!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

SummerSteward - Thank you for visiting & leaving a comment. Much appreciated.


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leola francis 6 years ago

Thankyou Ken this is a very good hub i love all the detail you have gone to to get your message across i hope you got my thankyou message from your visit to my hub i also have other hubs under gatewaytoJesus God bless leola


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

leola francis - Thank you for your words of affirmation & encouragement. Much appreciated. Blessings.


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mom101 6 years ago

Does God hate religion? It's like this, religion is merely a word, God doesn't (hate) but He is very saddened by the way some of His people act when they get into discussions about religion. I admit, I have gotten into some heated debates over this or that aspect of religion, and as I grow, I see why this is harmful not only to us, but also to whoever may overhear the disputed debate and is turned off from the entire thought of religion. You know, kinda like, if that is the way they act, then I dont want any part of it.

What is Holiness,there can't be one single answer to that, Holiness, to me, is how I perceive God to be and try my best to be as much like Him as I can be. Honesty, yes, that is a big trait of Holiness.

Great hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

mom101 - Thanks for stopping in & sharing thoughtful comments. They are much appreciated. Blessings.

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