Holiness Should be Our Primary Concern
We have all heard the saying, 'Holier than thou.' Many use this in a condescending way towards someone as a way to divert attention away from their own sin. The common response in the world today is, 'Don’t you sin?' or, 'We all sin don’t we?' These retorts are from people who live in a habit of sin and do not want to repent.
When it comes to holiness, it should be our primary concern because it is has always been the primary concern of God for His people. We can destroy sin in our lives by what Christ has done, but we have to believe that we can walk righteously before our Father, just as Christ did also. We can be counted as righteous by walking in the same faith and obedience that Christ did by the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ died and rose again to redeem those who would come out and follow him to be holy before his Father.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the HOLINESS without which no one will see the Lord. – Hebrew 12:14
Marriage & Holiness
For those of you who are married and love their spouses, it requires daily to be loving and faithful towards them. At times, it may not be easy, but you would only be fooling yourself to say that you loved your husband, or wife by committing adultery on them. It doesn’t work, you would be fooling yourself that you have a marriage after that.
Unfortunately, many believe that they can have a relationship with their Father in heaven by behaving in a similar manner.
Having a continual relationship with our Father is a daily walk of obedience by being faithful to Him. Saving faith is about pursuing holiness by walking in the way of Christ. If you are not, you are only fooling yourself, just like having a faithful marriage to someone while at the same time giving yourself to someone else.
Holiness is not something that you will hear from the pulpits within the harlot church system because they use Christ as a cloak of righteousness, or as a blindfold on the Father who is not able to see their habitual sinful behaviours. They fail to understand that where there is no fruit, there is no saving faith.
Many believe that all they have to do is believe in Christ because it is all about him without anything to do on their part. This is false and a deception. It would be the same as claiming to have a marriage, but not do anything on your part to work on it because it is a marriage by 'faith.'
Walking in Holiness
God has given us detailed instructions in His word on how to live holy before Him.
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, THAT FAITH APART FROM WORKS IS USELESS? – James 2:20
The holiness that is found in Scripture is not the same 'holiness' that is seared into the minds of the masses in the institutional church system. Their version of holiness means to go to church and be a good tithing member. The plain fact is that the harlot church system uses the carnal worldly methods to draw people in through her doors that are meant to feed the people’s fleshly desires.
Matthew 18 gives us a good standard to live by, but many no longer take heed to the words of Christ. Religious men will tell you what to believe, but unless we read the words of Scripture through the lens of the Holy Spirit, how will we know that we are not being hoodwinked by them?
SEE TO IT that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. – Colossians 2:8
If simply believing in Christ with nothing else to do on our part is the Gospel, then why are we admonished to 'see to it?'
Walking in holiness is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that brings forth fruit. By looking deeper into the word of God, we find many men who walked in holiness in faith and they were counted as righteous and holy before our God. This is saving faith. This is a genuine relationship with our Father through Christ.
And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who OBEY him – Hebrews 5:9
“IF YOU LOVE ME, you will keep my commandments. - John 14:15
You therefore must be PERFECT, as your heavenly Father is perfect. – Matthew 5:48
The key to knowing that you have the Spirit of God within you is a desire to walk in holiness being made anew and by being perfected by Him through Christ.
Holiness [hagios 40] by definition is the process of being set apart to become holy, or being perfected in Christ. It is about being called out and set apart as a people (ekklesia) of God for the cause of Christ.
God’s pure ways will be in defiance to the ways and systems of this fallen world that walks according to their flesh.
YOU ADULTEROUS PEOPLE! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4
Notice that being enticed into the behaviours of the world is deemed as adulterous. Think closely again about a marriage relationship and think of the consequences of adultery. Think about what happened to Israel in the OT when they walked away from God. It is something that we should not take lightly.
No one is set apart for God unless they are no longer part of the carnal worldly system that includes partaking of the harlot church system.
Holiness in both the Old and New Tetstament
Holiness has not changed from the OT through to the NT.
Let’s take a look at some verses and see what holiness is all about and compare and contrast with who we are called to be today.
And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a HOLY nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” – Exodus 19:6
God first set Israel apart as His chosen holy people who were to be different from the other nations of the world for His glory.
But glory and honor and peace FOR EVERYONE who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. – Romans 2:10
Today, it is all those who are in Christ who are set apart people of God.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it HOLY. – Exodus 20:8
God took an entire day and set it apart as a holy day. Today, it is Christ that gives us rest. Moses nor Joshua could provide rest because the people failed to enter into God’s rest.
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD – Hebrews 4:9
And you shall make HOLY garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. – Exodus 28:2
The holy priests wore garments set apart for the glory of the Father. Today, all those who are clothed in Christ are now priests set apart for his Father’s glory.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a HOLY nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9
Yahweh will establish you for a HOLY people to himself, as he has sworn to you; if you shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and walk in his ways. – Deuteronomy 28:9
This has not changed. God’s holy people today who are set apart are those who keep the commands that are written on their hearts by what Christ has done.
“If you love me, you will KEEP my commandments. – John 14:15
Just by referring to a few Old Testament passages we can see that holiness is important to God. The New Testament does not detract from it either. We find that our Messiah is holy and that all his followers are striving to walk in holiness as well.
And that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his HOLY prophets long ago. – Acts 3:20-21
We can see that there are those who were counted as holy in the Old Testament. They were the ones who allowed God to work through them. The evidence (fruit) of those who are set apart for God today are the ekklesia who are in Christ. He is working through them by the Spirit.
If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and IF THE ROOT IS HOLY, SO ARE THE BRANCHES. – Romans 11:16
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, HOLY and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1
Are we acting, or behaving as living sacrifices that are acceptable to our Father through Christ, or are we still defiled?
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For GOD’S TEMPLE IS HOLY, and YOU ARE THAT TEMPLE. – 1 Corinthians 3:17
We are either living our lives to soothe our own flesh, or we are crucifying it on a daily basis. Christ died and rose again in victory so that we too can have a life of victory. It is only through Christ that we can be presented before our Father being above reproach as holy and blameless by how we live for Him. Paul called the followers of Christ, 'holy brethren.'
I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the HOLY brethren. – 1 Thessalonians 5:27
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a HOLY priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5
Are you daily living as a holy priest among the brethren, or do you just act religious at a mandated time during the week in some religious denominational building?
“HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” – Revelation 4:8
In this verse the word holy is repeated as a bold proclamation of truth.
Have you bought into that mantra, 'Relax, no one is perfect?'
We can be perfected, but you must believe.
We need to remind others that we can live holy and pleasing before our Father. The counterfeit church system will say we can’t and it is impossible to attain in this lifetime. If it were impossible, then why are we admonished to be holy. To believe that we have a faux righteousness that is imputed to us while we remain in our sins is one of the greatest deceptions in the church system today. This is a false of Gospel and is antichrist because it gives people the illusion of assurance and a license to sin while claiming the grace of God through Christ while continuing to be slaves to sin.
Unfortunately, the lost masses have been fed and seared with lies that are far from God’s truth.
We must really take the time to ponder what it means to be holy. Is holiness just given to us and that’s it, or is it something we can attain as we are perfected in Christ?
Studying God’s word with the direction of the Holy Spirit will reveal the many errors that we have consumed while in the bondage of the man-driven church system. Ecclesiastical men have made up their own truths. Most of the world has bought into their vanity and the result are still born converts who are void of the 'life-giving spirit' that can bring victory in their lives. They must repent and come out of the ways and system of the world to see the light.
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues – Revelation 18:4
Do you desire to be set apart from the carnal ways of the world and pursue holiness?
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