Theme Verse:- 1 Peter 1:14-16
1 Peter 1:14-16 ESV
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written;
“You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
It’s quite common to hear people who refer to themselves as Christians and born-agains say that “No man can ever be Holy as there’s no one whose perfect. Afterall to err is Human thus we all fall at points in time” to the question; “Can any man be Holy?”. I then wondered how would a FATHER who knows his children more than they do themselves ask of them sth HE knows perfectly well that they cannot be EVER forgetting that “God is not a man that HE should lie [Num 23:19]. One undeniable truth is that the statement by people above is true for those not saved for no man who is not righteous can ever attain Holiness.
“Holy” means “set apart”, as in set aside for a particular purpose, and implies being “special” and acting accordingly. In particular it means ” set aside for God’s service” and “Righteous” means “made right” (justified), or “being right”, not in the sense of “correct”, but as in “not wrong” – being pure, honest, sinless. Perhaps a better way of putting it would be “not guilty” or “blameless”. The two of them go ‘hand in hand’. So unto we who by faith in Jesus were born of the Spirit, being made the righteouness of God[2 Corinthians 5:21] and thus we have the access to Holiness. As a matter of fact we are commanded to be Holy[1 Peter 1:16] for we are “made right” before we can be “set apart”[Ephesians 1:4]
Due to our Spiritual birth as sons of God through faith, We became one with the Father in Spirit [1 Corinthians 6:17][Colossians 1:22]. Due to our sonship we were “made right” and “set apart” in other words we were made righteous and “set apart from the rest of the world as Holy” all not by works that any man might boast of the flesh but by the grace of God which was made manifest through Christ Jesus. Thus God placed us in the position and the dimension of Righteousness and Holiness. So someone might ask “does that mean that what we do does not affect our Righteousness and Holiness which was gained by grace?”
A Simple answer to the question is NO! This is due the reason that we were called into a lifestyle (a consistent and a daily way of life) of the Father aka Holiness [1 Thessalonians 4:7 ]. This means that we are called into a life that is different from that of the world and thus we ought not to live as such[Ephesians 5:8-11][2 Timothy 2:21]. Thus all Christians are supposed to complete their Holiness in Christ Jesus as written in 2 Corinthians 7:1 that “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” Therefore concerning the issue of sin in relation to the Life that we’re called to. We know that God is Holy and thus hates sin even in it’s slightest. Thus the church(bride) which is the body is supposed to be presented to the Bridegroom [Christ Jesus].
The difference between a sinner and a righteous man is that the righteous man is like a sheep which when it falls into a mud forces with every ounce of strength to get out and thus does it’s best not to pass where the mud pit is afterwards[Proverbs 24:16] whiles a sinner is one like a pig which when it falls into mud does nothing to get out but rather enjoys it and always go back for the mud even after it’s cleaned. We can only live that LIFE of Holiness when by grace we depend on the Holy Spirit and put all our hopes in Christ Jesus.