The Friday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is an opportunity for blogging about anything. Unlike the other days of prescribed themes, this day is for blogging about an issue that I couldn’t fit anywhere else or couldn’t wait until next week to write.
Too many churches holy people. A.W. Tozer said in a sermon entitled “An Everyday Exhortation: Be Ye Holy,”
“You cannot study the Bible diligently and earnestly without being struck by an obvious fact – the whole matter of personal holiness is highly important to God! Neither do you have to give long study to the attitudes of modern Christian believers to discern that by and large we consider the expression of true Christian holiness to be just a matter of personal option: ‘I have looked it over and considered it, but I don’t buy it!’”
There are far too many in the church today living under the mantra of “I don’t buy it!”
And it brings me great joy that for the next few weeks for these Friday blog posts, we are going to study this subject of holiness.
Who is to be holy?
There is one book completely given over to the topic of holiness. Leviticus. No other book answers our 1st question better than this O.T. book.
In the midst of laws being delivered for the people of Israel for their obedience, God tells them why they were to obey all of these commandments. In Leviticus 11, Moses is instructing his people about clean and unclean food. He is teaching them what they can and cannot eat. And down in vs. 44-45, he explains to them who all of this applies to and then introduces a greater principle for more than just the body of Jews reading this. He explains the group who is supposed to be holy –
“44 For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 45 For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11:44-45).
Really, what else needs to be said? And just in case, they missed it, Moses reminds them again in Leviticus 20:7, 26. And I think we know Peter quotes this in I Peter 1:15-16.
Who is to be holy? All of us! Later, we will ask the question, “Why” we are to be holy and we will come back to this verse again. Who is to be holy? All of us. We are all called to be holy.
- Romans 12:1 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that YOU PRESENT your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
- I Corinthians 3:16-17 – “16 Do you not know that YOU ARE the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple YOU ARE.”
- Ephesians 1:3-4 – “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that WE SHOULD BE HOLD and without blame before Him in love,”
- Colossians 1:21-22 – “21 AND YOU, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.”
- I Thessalonians 4:7 – “For God DID NOT CALL US to uncleanness, but in holiness.”
- II Timothy 2:21 – “Therefore IF ANYONE cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
Who is to be holy? Everyone reading this post!