Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Holiness, as taught in the Scriptures, is not based upon knowledge on our part. Rather, it is based upon the resurrected Christ in-dwelling us and changing us into His likeness.
We serve a holy God. Yesterday I wrote a brief biography of Moses. We saw that the Lord told Moses, that he did not uphold the Lord before the people as holy and this was the very thing which the Lord judged.
Moses was a holy man, but he was prone to anger and hastiness from his youth. The Lord ministered to me that Moses did not enjoy the fruit of his labor, because he was not yet whole in the area of his emotions. He called the people rebels, did not speak to the rock, and hit the rock twice! In the end, his hastiness prevented him from entering the Promised Land with the people he led. When the Lord told Moses that he lacked the faith to make Him holy before the people, God was saying:
- that Moses made light of God’s instruction (hastiness: hit the rock)
- Moses offended God by disobedience (did not speak to the rock)
- Moses offended the people (called the people, rebels)
Many Christians mistake purity for holiness, and think that when they behave in an immoral way it makes them unholy. Holiness is to be separate from the profane, worldly and vulgar things: to be set apart for God’s purpose. While purity is to be free from contamination, it is to be clean and free or immorality. Purity (tummah) is behavior based, while holiness (kedasha) is a state of mind or being. For instance, the Israelites believed a person became impure through childbirth, menstruation, sex, and being near a dead person. And although living impure lives does make us unholy in the long run; holiness is to be separated, consecrated or dedicated to God.
We know from the word that the Lord did not allow Satan to have Moses’ body, and he did not end up in hell. The Lord’s desire is that we are sanctified and made whole as to not disobey or offend God or offend his people!
Father God, thank you for watching and guarding us from the things which may harm us. Thank you for removing people and things which contaminate us, and thank you for making us a witness of your glory. I pray that we would be deliberately conscious of the way we react to grievances and annoyances, may we hold our tongues before saying something offense to you and to others, and make we obey your instructions despite of how we feel. In Jesus name. Amen.