What is Holiness?
Holiness is from God.
In all religions, except Christianity, we find man is working to reach up to God. He is attempting to appease God. In an attempt to please God through his own inventions, mankind is driving himself farther away from the blessings God has for all of us. In Christianity, God is reaching down to man. In the Christian faith, God is seeking to develop a personal, loving relationship with individuals that are willing to trust and obey Him. God is looking for people who will surrender their lives to His will. He is our Heavenly Father, and we are His obedient sons and daughters. He is the Vine, and we are the fruit-bearing branches. We are the bride, and He is the Bridegroom. He is the Good Shepherd, and we are His sheep. He is the Foundation of the building, and we are its “lively stones.” Jesus is the Head and we are the members of His body. We are the soldiers in God’s army, and Jesus is the Commander-in-Chief. We are a royal priesthood of believers, with Jesus as the High Priest. Jesus is The King in His holy nation of believers. We are a fellowship of believers with our loving God directing our every move for our good and His glory. Rather than working for God, we are workers together with Him. In all of these relationships, a life of holiness is strictly required.
The way to a life of holiness is from God.
There is no way we can be holy without God’s intervention. Strong forces, which make it impossible for us to have a loving relationship with God in our own strength, are keeping us away from God. In the first place, we have a rebellion inside of us warring against God. Then, our customs, in and out of the church, are strongholds that blind our eyes to God’s will for our lives. In the spiritual realm, the devil and his followers use all of this against us to keep us in bondage to the will of Satan.
If we cannot help ourselves, then is there any hope for us? Yes, there is hope if we are willing to pay the price for it. If we are willing to let God bring us into a loving relationship with Himself, we can live a holy life in this life. We will be able to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. We will be able to love our neighbor as ourselves. We can have a little slice of heaven here and now when we quit trying to get to God our way and be willing to accept God’s way.
God has made a way for us to live a holy lifestyle. (By the way, if you have not figured it out yet, a life of holiness is one of complete devotion to God and His righteousness. It is walking hand-in -hand with God. It is being a worker together with God.) The way into this life of holiness is through the Lord Jesus Christ. John is the way into this loving relationship with God and His followers. John 14:6 is the gateway into this Father-son, Father-daughter relationship with the God of the universe. God made this way so you can know His way today. When we are willing to “quit the sin business” and accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we will live a holy lifestyle.
God’s way to holiness is shown in the Christian Bible.
To find out more about how to enter into a loving, personal relationship with God, read and study the Christian Bible. Read the Gospel of John, 1 John and Hebrews. Then, read Romans and Galatians. After this, you can read Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians. You can read Matthew, Mark and Luke to get more information on how Jesus did the work of God while here on this earth. Acts shows the History of the early church. As you read and study the Bible, ask God to help you understand and follow its teachings.