God is concerned for the holiness of His children. Scripture specifically calls for His people to be holy (Lev. 11:45; 1 Thess. 4:7; 1 Pet. 1:16). But what does this mean; What does it look like? When the Bible calls us to holiness, we are basically being called to a life conformed “to the moral precepts of the Bible and in contrast to the sinful ways of the world.”* This applies to every area of life: relationships, work, entertainment, etc.
We cannot achieve holiness by our own effort. Just try. And, as a guide, consider Jesus’ example: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me” (John 4:34); again he says “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him” (John 8:29); again he asks “Which one of you convicts me of sin” (John 8:46). We simply cannot keep up! The standard is too high.
Yet, this is why Christ went to the cross. For me and you, Jesus was “made to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). By turning from a life of sin and turning to God through Christ, we may live holy. Now, rather than our perfection, God has made possible our obedience by faith, and is ultimately satisfied by the perfect obedience of His son for our sake.
Here are the songs we will sing this week.
***PS – Re-follow the playlist below on Spotify. I moved it under the westoverchurch Spotify account.
* Jerry Bridges, “The Pursuit of Holiness,” 15-16.