1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV — but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
It’s a difficult concept, but we are called to holiness
Yet, it’s imperative that we keep this instruction within the context of the rest of the scripture.
The Bible is clear we are sinful and cannot attain holiness through our own efforts.
Romans 3:10 NKJV — As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”
As sinful creatures, our first step is not to be holy, but instead to be humble, for it is through humility we recognize our desperate need to be saved.
Each person must begin the journey to holiness through the door of salvation.
Romans 3:23 NKJV — for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Humility leads us to repentance which leads us to grace.
Romans 5:17 KJV — For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Grace, God’s precious gift, brings us to a new relationship with Jesus Christ and a new way of living, and it is through that we begin the journey of holiness.
1 Peter 1:3-7NKJV — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
This is the context of the command to be holy.
It is a natural fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work within the heart surrendered and filled with gratitude for the gift of salvation.
My fellow blogger wrote a great post on this same topic.
Ephesians 1:1-2:10 ‘By grace you have been saved through faith… for good works’ (2:8-10). God calls us to live a ‘holy’ life. We cannot make ourselves holy. We are spiritually ‘dead’. We need to be ‘made alive’ – by God. Holiness does not come from ourselves. It comes from the Lord. Long before we ever […]Saved By Grace, Called To Holiness
Through the indwelling of God’s Spirit, in a new relationship of the redeemed and reborn child of God, our lives should be distinctly different from our former lives as well as those of others around us who have yet to be saved.
It’s not a fabrication of one’s efforts to live a “good life”.
No, it is the natural fruit of a life filled by Jesus Christ.
Romans 13:14 NKJV — But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your gift of grace which brings us salvation. Lord, thank You that You call us to be holy and You work in our hearts to make us new. Lord, thank You that this is a journey and that we can look forward to the destination of Heaven, where we will be free from sin forever and in Your holy presence! Praise the Lord!! Thank You! Lord Jesus, please continue to teach me how to live holy unto You, walking in Your Word, being guided by Your instructions, and daily surrendered to Your lordship. I love You, Jesus. Amen.