“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11
Saints, we must cease self-righteously taking credit for holiness in our personal lives! The holiness that pleases God can only come by way of the Holy Spirit in a life yielded in a cross-centered abiding life with Christ (John 15).
SO, you think you are holy (set apart) before the LORD while not in the daily cross? Deception. IN the divine economy, there is no “true holiness” outside of the cross (Ephesians 4:24).
Sin-less perfection would include trusting GOD and not self to bring about a holy life! And yes the individual is personally involved and must lay down his life to follow Christ. Out of that daily cross life will come the resurrection power of Christ, raising one up into His holiness!
Yes, holiness is essential to eternal life with Christ and yet, how does He, the LORD we serve, define holiness? What prescription did He give?
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Romans 7:18) With Paul we announce that “in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” and so we cannot be holy outside of a life that is resting, trusting, and abiding in Jesus! Living “by faith” in our Savior is a “must”:
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
The question must be posed: Am I pleasing the LORD? Do I live “by faith” or by the flesh?
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Corinthians 5:7
The testimony of Holy Scripture is that “True holiness” can only come “by faith” – by living “by faith” and not the fleshly efforts to be holy which is futility. “Let go and let God” fits well right here!
Want to be washed? Read and make Psalm 51 your prayer today beloved.
The words “TRUE holiness” appear in Ephesians 4:24 which we can assume is in contrast to the self-righteous based false holiness of the pharisees and works oriented religionists today (Matthew 23:23-16, etc.). The key of our life with Jesus is an abiding life with Christ – whereby the fruit of “true holiness” is produced. It’s always a choice and if we choose to sin, we must return to the LORD and confess it (1 John 1:3, 7-2:2). The cross is the divine prescription for “true holiness” and not through self will. Surrender daily is the key – that’s the cross – whereby we cry with Jesus “Not my will but thine be done.” (Luke 22:42). The cross key is dying harder instead of trying harder! Selah. God is able!
“Holiness is NOT the way to Jesus. Jesus is the Way to Holiness.” anonymous
“I have ever believed that Jesus Christ releases the Grace to lead the Holy Life, and not the other way round. This Grace is very ready for us as we walk in obedience with Him. Our Salvation came through this Grace and is sustained by same. If we teach holiness without God’s Grace, it could mislead some as they try by their power to lead the life, in practice!” Basil Afam Nsofor
HOLINESS is NOT a work of the flesh saints any more than salvation is of mere men or a work of men/the flesh (Galatians 3:3).
“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3 Please commit this truth to memory today.
“Holiness, according to Jesus, has to be first and foremost UNCONDITIONAL love (Matthew 5:48)—especially love for our enemies. If someone does not have agape love, especially for their enemies, then their brand of holiness is not the real thing. If agape love is not present then all the other holiness virtues are relatively worthless (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). The cross and death to self are the exact components of self-sacrificial agape love!” Travis Bryan III
“But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.” Psalms 37:39
He who saves, sanctifies – as we abide in Him (John 15:1-6; Philippians 2:12-13, etc.). Holiness is a work of the Holy Ghost in the life of the abiding saint (John 15:1-16). Any holiness that is outside of this biblical truth/model is a work of the flesh and God-less (Matthew 23:23-25; Galatians 3:3). CHRIST alone can save and sanctify! Only Jesus is the Savior and Sanctifier! 1 Corinthians 1:30 says “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and SANCTIFICATION, and redemption:” As the appropriation of all things in Christ’s kingdom, it’s by faith saints! (Romans 4:4-5; Hebrews 11:6) Please share this post.
The fruit of an abiding relationship with Christ always produces the fruit of His holiness (John 15:1-16).
Holy Scripture reveals that there is a “True holiness” as opposed to a false or feigned holiness which is when we attempt to be holy apart from He who alone is “Holy, holy, holy” and the cross prescription He gave us (Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 23:23-25; Ephesians 4:24; Revelation 4:8). Which one are you walking in?
PERSONAL Holiness is essential and yet, it’s not a work of the flesh but rather a work of God in the life of the truly BORN AGAIN, CURRENTLY abiding believer whose “first love” is Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:4-5).
The question continues to come up…. from people who are not truly trusting and walking with Jesus, don’t want to be bothered with taking up their cross as Jesus commanded and so are looking to excuse their sin. They ask: “But what if I commit a sin and then die seconds later!?” You want God’s answer? If not, you are not a child of God according to Jesus who says that “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” (John 8:47)
If any of us want to live in sin instead of abiding with the Savior, truly, well we can’t say we’ve not been warned.
Didn’t the LORD tell us that He would continue the good work He began in us? (Philippians 1:6) Yes the LORD desires to and sure will continue the good work He began in us as we “work out” our own salvation “with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12-13) Jesus tells us, His own, that if we do not “abide” – remain – in Him we will be cast into the fires of hell (John 15:6).
“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalms 138:8
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13
Eliset Igat writes:
“If you have repented and believed, Christ’s life is alive within you, and His grace is sufficient to meet and remove every hint of sin’s stain…and you can have victory over sin. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection was God’s supreme brush stroke of grace across the canvas of creation. He is the embodiment of all hope and grace. Praise the Lord Jesus! ‘For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth’ (Romans 10:4). God’s grace is given so we may know what Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary. Experiencing God’s gracious forgiveness motivates us to live a holy and obedient life for His glory. Forgiven and blessed by His matchless grace are those who call Him Savior.”
Un-conditional eternal security / osas (once saved always saved) is a doctrine of devils that mocks the holiness of God, is a cross-less false gospel, and is the exact lie Satan told the man and woman in the Garden of Eden that directly led to their fall and separation from God – and is still separating and sending to hell millions who listen to the snakes who teach that lie today (Genesis 2:17; 3:4; 1 Cor. 9:27-10:12, etc.). Book: Lie of the Ages