Posted by: missionventureministries | August 10, 2017

GOD COMMANDS HIS CHILDREN TO BE HOLY – 1 Peter 1:15-16

The Hebrew word for holy is “kadosh” and means “set-apart, separate, sacred” The believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is set apart for God by the Holy Spirit, enjoying a holy standing before God in Christ Jesus, with the obligation of living a holy life. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

God has only one intended destiny for mankind – holiness. His only goal is to produce saints. Unfortunately that sacred trust was broken in the Garden of Eden; Jesus came to save us and restore us to a new relationship with God, because from the beginning He created us to be holy.

Once we make Him the Lord and Savior of our life and become His children, we must continually remind ourselves that our purpose in life is holy living. Strict obedience to the Word of God is the only proof that we are living a holy life and trusting in Him.

Jesus Christ died to make us holy. The purpose of God in the atoning death of His Son was to save us from the penalty of sin, and to set us apart to God to become like His Son (Romans 8:29). Our eternal destiny is to be conformed to the image of God in Christ Jesus (1 John 3:3).

When Jesus refused to condemn the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), and forgave her, He was offering her the same kind of forgiveness He offers every one of us: “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3:19). This woman could not live in victory over her sins and sinful past until she accepted Jesus Christ as the absolute Lord of her life.

In saying, “Go and sin no more,” Jesus was not speaking of sinless perfection. He was warning her against a return to sinful lifestyle choices. His words offered mercy and demanded holiness.  

With forgiveness comes the expectation that we will not continue in the same path of rebelliousness. Those who know God’s love will naturally want to obey Him (John 14:15). 

A step toward God is a change toward righteousness, purity, and holy living (1 Peter 1:16; Romans 8:29). We cannot experience the transforming power of holiness without being forever changed. 

After the woman had met Jesus, she would not be perfect. No one is. But she was forever changed. Her eyes had been opened to the depravity of what she was doing. Sin no longer held the appeal it once did. When we meet Jesus, sin no longer holds its fatal attraction. God’s grace changes things. “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1–2).When we are born again (John 3:3), the power of the Holy Spirit breaks the power that sin once had over us (Romans 6:6). Once we lived only to please ourselves, but when we have been forgiven, our motivation changes. We now live to honor God (Galatians 2:20). 

It should be the goal of every Christian to “sin no more,” although we recognize that, while we are in the flesh, we will still stumble (1 John 1:8). God’s desire for each of us is to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). We still sin, but sin is no longer a lifestyle choice (1 John 3:9–10). When we fail, we can come to God and ask forgiveness (1 John 1:9; 1 Peter 4:1–2). God will correct us, disciplining us when we need it (Hebrews 12:6–11) – because, His work is to conform us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).

Once again, the only solid evidence that we are true children of God is a holy lifestyle. “Everyone who lives in union with Christ does not continue to sin; but whoever continues to sin has never seen Him or known Him” (1 John 3:6). As true born again believers, we cannot go on continuing to sin because we now have God’s very nature in us, and the Spirit of God leads to holy living because He will not lead us into sin and disobedience. If the Spirit is leading us, we will live a holy life because: “None of those who are children of God continue to sin, for God’s very nature is in them; and because God is their Father, they cannot continue to sin” (1 John 3:9). Therefore, the new birth involves a complete purification from sin.

We need to remember that we cannot walk with the Lord and the world at the same time. “Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child” (Hebrews 12:6), and He disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:9-10).

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time (2 Timothy 1:9). It is our responsibility to strive to be holy: Just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do (1 Peter 1:15). If we are going to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him, we must keep our lives free from all sin. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

Scripture tell us that: “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). And the apostle John writes: “And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appear, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming” (1 John 2:28). The physical changes of our redemption will take place when Christ returns and our bodies are glorified because “we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him” (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Corinthians 15:52-54). We will have new glorified bodies made for living in heaven because Jesus Christ shall return. Therefore, we should keep our lives pure and live a holy life.

The only proof of true dedication to our Lord and Savior is a deep desire to live a disciplined and a holy life that honors God. If a person is not living a holy life they have no right to claim God’s promises that He has given to His true and redeemed children.

“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

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