Holiness unto the Lord. What does this really mean?

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Holiness is not a man made construction but a work of the Holy Spirit. Holiness is not something a Christian works toward but something one already is if they belong to Jesus Christ.

When God commands us to be holy it is in the same sense that he commands us to be healed. “Be healed!” or “Be holy” which is not an act of behavior but an act of God. One is holy because he is born again and his life is holy because he is born again and belongs to God.

No one can be holy of their own recognizance. If we could give up our sin by keeping the law then why do we still need a Savior? Good works of any kind cannot measure up to the sacrifice of the body of Jesus and the shed blood of the lamb.

Take a look at this scripture and tell me how a pot or a bowl can make itself holy by an action?

In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 14:20-21

The word holy in the Hebrew means to set-apart or separateness. While godly behavior is the result of being made holy unto the Lord, IT IS NOT a requirement to earn salvation.

Holiness does not come from man’s ability but according to the scriptures it is a work of the Holy Spirit. Scripture in no way implies absolute perfect behavior by one’s own ability because no one can be perfect without blemish or flaw but GOD HIMSELF!

When we become born again by the Holy Spirit Jesus Christ’s righteousness and holiness is IMPUTED to us. (Accredited to our account) We are set apart unto the Lord as vessels for his use in the same way as God set apart pots and vessels under the old testament to be used in his service.

The Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of holiness” because he is the sanctifier of all God’s vessels and makes them meet for God’s use by the washing of the word and regeneration of the Holy Spirit.

When the scriptures say: “Without holiness, no man shall see God” Heb. 12:14. What this means is not obedience to the Law of Moses but being born of the Holy Spirit into new life in Jesus Christ! Without being born again of the Spirit of holiness you cannot be made holy and therefore you have no inheritance in the kingdom of God.

God’s indwelling Spirit empowers his children to live lives that please him BUT all who seek to be justified by the law are not holy but defiled, defiled by the sinful nature whose works are in God’s sight filthy rags.

Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God IMPUTETH righteousness without works” (Romans 4:6)

IMPUTED– attributed on behalf of another.

Jesus places His righteousness upon our record when we trust upon Him for salvation and this is what makes us holy and not behavior whether good or bad.

Holy is the Greek is hagios which means to be in awe, venerate, regenerated. When we are regenerated and set free from sin we become holy vessels unto the Lord. Faith in Jesus Christ is our righteousness and our fruit is then holy.

For HE HATH MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, WHO KNEW NO SIN; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” 2nd Corinthians 5:21

And therefore it was IMPUTED to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was IMPUTED to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be IMPUTED, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead”

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE” Galatians 5:1-4

Therefore having been JUSTIFIED BY FAITH we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”, Romans 5:1.

Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be JUSTIFIED BY FAITH .” Galatians 3:24

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” Rom 3:21-26,

HOLINESS means to be set apart by God for a divine purpose. We are not our own but belong to God being bought with the price of the blood of Jesus Christ and therefore we live for him and not for our selves.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Rom 12:1

Holiness is synonymous in the new testament with SAINT or a sanctified one.

For the perfecting of the saints,(hagios) for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Eph. 4:12

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy (hagios) and without blemish.”

In conclusion, holiness is a work of the Holy Spirit and not a work of the law. Holiness is a position and not a behavior, however, those who are sanctified by the Holy Spirit and made holy unto the Lord will also bring forth fruit that is holy.

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Author: Kim Balogh

I am a minister (servant) of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Grace ministries • Evangelism • Teaching • Children’s ministry • Apologetics • End times I have a BA in History and Anthropology/Sociology combo Paralegal Diploma (specialty Research, Writing, Critical thinking & argument & Instruction) Paralegal Instructor-taught paralegal for 1 year Diploma in Physical Education ( Fitness, nutrition, coaching, ) Faith based Social Work (almost completed degree) Certificate in Personal Ministry (Intercession, deliverance) 1 year (independant) bible college (concentration area, intercession, deliverance,) Ministry Experience : Evangelism ministry 20 years (preaching, intercession,deliverance, apologetics ) Ministering and serving low income families,single mothers, marginalized. Child Evangelism in different communities. Ministering Evangelism through music (vocals and guitar) Administration; started church support groups, started various different outreaches over the years, Internet ministry. My ministry gifts are Prophetic Evangelism and Teaching (apologetics and end times revelation in particular). My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. I am a bond servant of Jesus Christ and am called by him to preach the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from the deeds of the law. My Statement of Faith I believe that Jesus is God's son and is himself God, the third person of the Godhead, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) I believe the bible says YOU MUST be born again by the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of God. I believe Jesus died for the sins of all that have been called out of darkness into his glorious light. Heaven is for the redeemed and hell is for reprobates. The death of Jesus Christ is the substitutionary atonement. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus sent the holy Spirit to comfort, teach, build up, edify, consecrate, and seal God’s people until his return. Jesus will return to the earth to rule and reign for 1000 years on the earth. I believe we are in the end times and anti christ will soon be revealed. I also believe that we are living in the last days of the great apostasy and falling away from the truth of God's word but God has a remnant,( his elect, chosen before the foundation of the world,) that have not bowed the knee to Baal. These sheep will soon face great persecution that God will allow to take place before the return of Christ. This persecution which will be worldwide will be what separates the true Christian from the false apostate. Those who love not their lives to the end will be shown to be the true church of Jesus Christ but the compromisers of the integrity of God’s word, who choose the spirit of error, worldly doctrines of men, the works of the flesh and the works of the law will be shown to be apostates like Judas and will die in their sins. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father gives him the ability to do so. No one will seek after Jesus unless he is drawn by the Father according to scripture but all whom God calls by his Holy Spirit will come to Jesus and be saved from their sins and be given eternal life for he who has promised is faithful to perfom his promise. The Lord is calling his church to come out of Babylon : Come out of false new age teaching, Come out of legalistic adherance to OT laws to save you, Come out of false signs and wonders that have no scriptural basis, Come out of witchcraft and the doctrines of demons, Come out of humanism and the promotion of man by self help principles and RETURN TO THE PURE UNADULTERATED WORD OF GOD ! “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. Revelation 18:4 Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. My ministry gifts are Evangelism and Teaching My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. 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