Holiness is so underrated and ridiculed these days. But when I come across it in people, I find it encouraging and refreshing. It gives me hope that God’s will shall truly be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Although some consider holy people to be those who sit around and never have any fun while they look like they’ve sucked on a lemon or have eaten sour grapes, the Bible says otherwise. As a matter of fact, holy people were known to break out into singing and dancing accompanied by instruments (e.g. Miriam, Moses, David), yet in a clean manner without the raunchiness of the world.
True holiness can only take place when a person humbly acknowledges they are a sinner in need of God’s salvation, then they seek it from him as a gift through faith in the Lord Jesus. This gift of holiness is then used regularly by them as they show in their character and actions they love God enough to be like him and obey him–to love what he loves and hate what he hates. A holy person then reaps the benefits of obeying God’s command to be holy and those benefits come in many forms. That’s why it’s sad when a church despises and shuns holiness to the point where they become a den of thieves, robbing their congregation of all God intended them to be.
What God says about holiness and sanctification are priceless and its effects are limitless. Here are a few highlights I like to meditate on:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. Ex. 19:6
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Pet. 2:9
For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy… Lev. 11:44
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Pet. 1:15-16 (Same God, same principles in both the Old and New Testaments)
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. Lev. 19:2
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you. Lev. 20:7-8 (I wonder how badly God wants us to be holy?)
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 1 Chron. 16:29
And they [God’s priests] shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. Ezek. 44:23
…as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Rom. 6:19
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. 1 Thes. 3:12-13
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Heb. 12:14
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Rev. 20:6