Holiness is NOT living without sin-Selah!
Updated: Jul 5
As we grow in the revelational knowledge of Christ and what He has done for us, understanding holiness becomes easier and easier. Holiness is who God is. God is holy, and when we were separated unto God and came into Him, we become HOLY. Living in God and God living through us is holy living. Holiness isn't about living without sin, it is about living in God! It is about living from our position in Christ.
Religion has made "not sinning‟ equal to "holiness‟ and they have made that the most important issue for the church. The religious spirit across the world is trying to put pressure on leaders to preach more about holiness and getting rid of sin. That is how the word holiness has been perverted in our thinking.
It seems so virtuous, yet it is so deceptive! Many are blindly falling prey to the religious spirit. The religious spirit does this because it wants to get your focus on sin and on your efforts on getting rid of sin. As long as your focus is on that, it is not where it should be! Your focus should be on Christ and your position in him. The chief goal of the religious spirit is to get you out of grace and back under law.
As soon as we hear the word holiness, we think sin. We think what we have to do. We think about ourselves; what we must do. But the word holiness should shift our focus onto Christ. That he is holy and we are in him, therefore everything, and I mean everything that flows from a place in him is holy.
That is what being rooted in Christ is. Because we have been justified by faith in Him, we are completely holy because we are in Christ (1 John 4:17 says as He is so are we in this world).
Verses on Holiness:
1 Peter 1:15 "But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living"
Again we don't have to quote 1 peter 1:15 in isolation of other verses.
Hebrews 3:1 "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus......"
1 Corinthians 1:30 says "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption".
Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters
Hebrew 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus
2 Timothy 1:9 ".....who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,...."
Eph 1:4 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" You are not holy because you act holy. You are holy because you are children of a holy Father. So When 1 Peter 1:16 says,” because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy”, It is an instruction to us who believe, ” BE WHO YOU TRULY ARE”. Indeed, YOU ARE A HOLY NATION (1 Peter 2:9).
As D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said: Holiness is not something we are called upon to do in order that we may become something; it is something we are to do because of what we already are…
The best answer I’ve heard comes from Bill Gillham, who compares Christians to oak trees: Are Christians a truly holy people, or are we trying to become a holy people?… As an oak sapling grows, it doesn’t get “oakier.” Oak is oak. It simply matures into what it is, a full-grown oak tree.
You don’t become an oak tree by acting like an oak tree; nor do you become holy by acting holy. Jesus made you holy. Your part is to mature into what He has already made you. This takes time, but just as a baby never becomes more human as it grows, you will never become more holy as you mature. You simply grow into who God has already made you to be.
Here’s Bill Gillham again: Needless to say, maturity doesn’t occur in one giant leap, but through a process: “But we all … are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Notice it’s “from glory to glory,” not “from garbage to glory.” You are already holy in Christ … Just as an oak sapling does not get oakier as it matures, neither does a new creature in Christ get holier, more forgiven, more accepted, etc.
Our holiness doesn't measure up. It shouldn't even be mentioned amongst us because it always falls short! We have been made holy not because of what we have done but because of what has done through His perfect work of redemption. His holiness is our holiness (if we are born-again) and His Holiness is 100% perfect!