Holiness is a great concept of living that’s so prevalent all throughout Scripture. It’s a condition that anybody who’s earnestly seeking God must be willing to live by. We’re obligated by God to be holy due to the fact that He’s holy (1 Peter 1:16).
Additionally, holiness is such a critical matter to the extent that without it no one can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Having said that, holiness is also something that Christ’s death has made it possible for us to live by (Hebrews 13:12). However, it’s very important for us to realize that holiness has nothing do with our human ability and will. It’s all about what Christ has already done along with what He’s willing to do within people’s lives through the Holy Spirit.
So, let’s analyze this following Bible verse below:
God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives (1 Thessalonians 4:7).
Holiness finds itself within the process of sanctification. As you already know that sanctification is a lifelong process that begins shortly after salvation until we die. Besides, it’s a process that anyone who believes in Christ must go through. It’s a process that stands on the pillar of genuine repentance, surrender, and submission to Christ’s authority.
Sanctification is defined as ‘to set apart’ for special use or purpose. It means a state of total separation from ungodliness unto God. The author of that process is the Holy Spirit. He’s the one who has the responsibility to mold us moment by moment and day by day into the likeness of Christ, so that His life can be reflected through us. See what is sanctification.
We come to Christ on the ground of acknowledging that our old ways of life was unacceptable to God; therefore, this must be the reason as to why we should adopt firmly the new life given to us through Christ. Our lifestyles choices must be in accordance with the Word of God. Our whole tendencies must be changed dramatically from pleasing ourselves to pleasing God.
Christ Has Made us Holy Through His Own Blood
The thing that we really need to bear in mind is that Jesus hasn’t saved us only for the sole purpose of granting us eternal life but to give us the unmerited privilege to serve the greatest and the best Master we’ve ever known through holy living. When it comes straight down to how He wants us to live, the decision that we make concerning His finished work will determine if we hold a genuine appreciation to His terrible suffering that He had endured for us on the cross.
We’re all sinners in the sight of God (Romans 6:23), and based on His holiness’ standard there’s absolutely nothing that we could have offered God that would satisfy the terrible cost of sins that Christ paid for us. But, all God sincerely wants from us is our willingness to stop living in the way that brings dishonor to Him that we used to live through the means of offering ourselves fully to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
Lastly, accepting God’s call through complete submission to Christ’s authority and lordship is the sole thing that we can do. As mentioned above, living a holy life doesn’t have anything to do with us because we’re not capable of doing that. God knows that, so that’s why He sends us the Holy Spirit who’s famously known as the ‘Helper’ to empower us in order to fulfill what He’s called us for.