Holiness is something that’s very common in the word of God. It’s a state that anyone who is seeking and serving God must go through. We’re commanded by God Himself to be holy since He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). Besides, holiness is elevated to such a high level by God, and without it no one can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Holiness is one of the things that Jesus by His death has allowed us to attain (Hebrews 13:12). But, first thing to remember is that holiness is completely independent from us. It’s all about the finished work of Jesus Christ along with that He’s willing to bring about into our lives.
So, let’s take a much closer look at this following scripture verse:
God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives (1 Thessalonians 4:7).
Holiness is found within the process of sanctification. As we all know, sanctification is an ongoing process that starts right after salvation until we die. It’s a process that everyone who has accepted Christ must go through because that’s where true repentance will take place as well as God’s plan and purpose for that person’s life. Sanctification means “to set apart” for special use or purpose. It also means a condition of separation from ungodliness unto God. The Holy Spirit is author of that process. He’s the one responsible to transform us day by day to become more and more like Christ, so that we can make much of Him.
The idea that we come to Christ by acknowledging our old way of life was unacceptable to God should become the reason why we should embrace the new life that God has given us through Christ. We must be willing to live according to the word of God. Our priority must be shifted fully from pleasing ourselves to pleasing God in everything. Evidently, if there wasn’t something totally wrong with the way we used to live before coming to Christ, then there would be no reason for us to come to Christ.
Christ Has Made us Holy Through His Own Blood
Jesus has saved not just to grant us eternal life but to give us the awesome privilege to serve Him through holy living. With respect to how He wants us to live, the choice that we make in response to His finished work on behalf of us will decide whether we truly appreciate everything what He had endured for us in order to get where we are today. We’re all sinner in the eyes of God (Romans 3:23), and there’s nothing within our human ability that we could have offered Christ that would match up the terrible cost of sins that He paid for us. After all, what God truly wants of us is our willingness to walk away from our old ways by offering ourselves to Him as living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
Accepting God’s call through complete surrender to His Son’s authority is the only thing we can do. As mentioned previously, living a holy life doesn’t have anything to do with us because we’re incapable of doing that. God truly understands; therefore, that’s that main reason He sends the Holy Spirit to endue in order for to be able fulfill what He called us for.