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Holiness Should be Our Primary Concern

Updated on March 9, 2017

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 Definition

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.

An Exhortation

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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      charlie 3 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

      wow, another much needed study. As usual scripturally correct and easy to understand. Too bad its not heard in the church system. Read and follow this guide to truth to please God.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      From article:

      "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."

      I agree with the first part of the above, but I do not understand how the death of Christ removes sin. Sacrifice has never removed sin. How can a blood sacrifice remove sin? Why does Christ use crucifixion as an example? Does Christ approve of blood sacrifice; government torture or suicide?

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      PlanksandNails 3 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

      Jay C OBrien,

      Blood sacrifice of animals never removed sin, but atoned for them as a covering. (Hebrews 10:4)

      However, Christ's sacrifice was a once and for all to pay for the debt of our past and present sins to free us from the bondage of sin that the blood of animal sacrifices could not do.

      Upon Christ's resurrection, he was the example to the path of victory by overcoming sin. Christ ascended to the right hand the Father so that all who choose to walk in the same faith he walked in will become new creations empowered by the Holy Spirit. By what Christ has done by being obedient to His Father while he was on earth, we are given the ability to overcome sin in our lives by his Spirit because he did it perfectly in his life. When we accept Christ's sacrifice and walk the same path that he did by being obedient also, we will be perfected in him.

      When we physically die, just like Christ did, we will be resurrected in victory overcoming death and given life eternal.

      Today, blood sacrifice of animals is no longer required. Christ laid his life down willingly as God's chosen vessel for our behalf. He did not commit suicide. He knew he would rise again, even though he knew the religious hypocrites would put him to death. He became the example to the whole world of having victory over death, and if we too follow in his footsteps, we also will have the same victory as well.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you, while I understand Christ made a good example during his life, I still do not understand this concept of, "Sacrifice." You said, "Blood Sacrifice of animals never removed sin but atoned for them as a covering. (Hebrews 10:4)." Let us address this first. What is, "Atonement," and what does it cover, and what does it have to do with Jesus?

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      PlanksandNails 3 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

      Jay C Obrien,

      The concept of atonement is about becoming in right standing with God by satisfying the conditions. Sin is the transgression of God's laws. In the OT, when they were broken, God provided a temporal way for the people to atone for their sins through repetition of animal sacrifice (Leviticus 4:35).

      Scripture prophesied that a man would come and become the "Lamb" that would be slain to atone for our sins (John 1:29). He would be the perfect ultimate sacrifice to end the sacrificial system. The symbol of his blood shed coupled with his resurrection would be a new way to come in right standing before God. It would be through Christ's example and his victory over death. Since, he overcame the power of sin on earth, he qualified to be our Saviour so we too can obtain righteous standing before God.

      God is faithful and just to forgive our sins through what Christ has done to cleanse us from all unrighteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit to all those who believe and accept his sacrifice for us. When God's conditions are met, He wipes our slate clean through what Christ has done. From that point, we walk in obedience to his ways being perfected in Christ as we repent of the ways of the world with the ability to overcome them with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

      Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Animal sacrifices and the atonement for sin in the OT was a foreshadow of the promise of Christ's sacrifice that would come fro all mankind. The atonement in the OT to brought God's people into right standing before Him via the Levitical priesthood. Today, it has been replaced with the atonement and victory that comes through Christ, our High Priest (Hebrew 4:14).

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      Jay C OBrien 3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you, but let us slow down and take one point at a time. You said,"The concept of atonement is about becoming in right standing with God by satisfying the conditions. Sin is the transgression of God's laws. In the OT, when they were broken, God provided a temporal way for the people to atone for their sins through repetition of animal sacrifice (Leviticus 4:35)."

      What conditions?

      What laws? The 10 commandments or Golden Rule or both?

      I do not believe atonement occurs though animal sacrifice. That is the problem. Sacrifice does not remove sin and never has. Forgiveness removes sin as Jesus taught. So, Forgive, not sacrifice. Ancient people may have believed in atonement through sacrifice, but I do not believe in it... ever.

      I believe each person is responsible for their own sin and not someone else's sin. I do not believe sin is inherited.

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      PlanksandNails 3 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

      Jay C Obrien,

      If you read the Old Testament, you will find the Law’s sacrificial system involved the spilling of blood and the conditions thereof. God’s grace was provided through animal’s blood as a substitution for man’s offense.

      For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. - Leviticus 17:11

      That is how it was done before Christ in the testament of Scripture.

      The term “atonement” is translated from Hebrew term, which can be defined as “to cover.” The understanding of atonement in the OT is a “covering” for man’s sin, not total removal.

      However, in the NT the Greek term for atonement (hilaskomai) means to “reconcile,” or have mercy and forgive.

      The shedding of sacrificial blood of certain animals in the Old Testament translated to one’s sins being covered that may not be held against the sinner.

      Christ’s abolished the sacrificial system and brought forgiveness, cleansing, removal, reconciliation and victory over sin by the work of the Holy Spirit.

      You are right in that the sacrificial system of the OT did not remove sin (Hebrews 10:4), it only covered them. It is only through accepting God's forgiveness through Christ where sin can be defeated in our lives and through repentance come into right standing and relationship with our Father.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you for all that, but how do we know it is true? Is this just an elaborate theory? Just because something is written down and taught to you does not make it true. What do we really know?

      I believe it is wrong to harm yourself or another. If that is true, then we should not harm our fellow Man. Joshua and others harmed people and claimed, "God told me to." Self serving statements to justify harming people is just not acceptable.

      Let us progress, mature and grow out of the old Stone Age thinking and realize it was just wrong. Let us agree it is wrong to harm yourself or another and always has been.

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