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IN SEARCH OF HOLINESS
To be more like Jesus
The song keeps playing in my head. “Holiness, holiness is what I long for. Holiness is what I need. Holiness, holiness is what you want from me.” (Vineyard Music)|
I’ve always thought holiness was something belonging to God alone. How could it be that holiness is what God requires of us?
And Peter repeats the thought with this intriguing statement,
Zecharias, the father of John the baptist, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied that
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17)
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)
“…and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24)
“For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7)
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord…” (Hebrews 12:14)
God’s instructions were exact and detailed; first in the building of the tabernacle itself; then in the preparation of Aaron as priest who was to come before God and offer sacrifices, bearing the iniquities of the people. Only after he was properly washed and the holy garments placed on him was he anointed and sanctified, could he minister to God as priest. The Lord commanded Moses to place a plate of pure gold on Aaron’s turban engraved with, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD”. (Exodus 28:36)
This priestly act of consecration looked to the coming of Jesus Christ who became the fulfilment of the required sacrifice by His death on the cross. No longer do we need a priest as intermediary, for Jesus Himself is Mediator and we ourselves serve as priests directly before God. He requires us to be consecrated, sanctified, set apart for His purposes.
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