Two Kinds of Holiness

Why would we who know the Lord need more than one kind of holiness? Because this first kind that we discuss today is beyond our ability to experience. In I Peter 1:16, we have an impossible command that we are to obey: “….it is written, ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy.'” Why would God inspire a command that is impossible to obey? The answer is that He knew we couldn’t, but He has something for us that will take care of the problem. The theologians call it “positional holiness.” Hebrews 12:14 states that without holiness: “….. no man shall see the Lord.” What can we do about that? Nothing! God has already done something. In I Corinthians 1:30, Paul shares God’s provision of perfect holiness; “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” “Sanctification” and “holy” come from the same root word. The idea is for us to be wholly set apart to God. So…..when we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, we are credited with the perfect holiness of Christ. Without  perfect holiness we couldn’t come near God! But what about practical (or actual) holiness? God isn’t going to leave us without means to be holy in our daily living. God willing, that will engage our attention tomorrow. He intends for our “state” (our actual condition) to gradually conform to our “standing” (our “positional holiness”). Weigh carefully the thoughts in Mrs. C. H. Morris’ hymn, “Holiness unto the Lord.” She wrote: Called unto holiness,” Church of our God, purchase of Jesus, redeemed by His blood; called from the world and its idols to flee, called from the bondage of sin to be free.  “Called unto holiness,” children of light, walking with Jesus in garments of white; raiment unsullied, untarnished with sin, God’s Holy Spirit abiding within. “Called unto holiness,” praise His dear name! This blessed secret to faith now made plain, not our own righteousness, but Christ within, living and reigning and saving from sin. Holiness unto the Lord” is our watchword and song,” “Holiness unto the Lord” as we’re marching along; sing it, shout it, loud and long, “Holiness unto the Lord,” now and forever.” Selah! How can our lives be actually holy? Do stop by tomorrow!    Ron

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