Yes, the picture above is my choice for the topic of holiness. Ah, but they are not old enough, they are not dressed right, they do not kneel in prayer, they…..We have so many preconceived ideas of holiness. Some doctrines see holiness as sanctification. Okay with me. Let’s check some more….
Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. This scripture indicates how one responses to his fellowman has a lot to do with holiness. Maybe like loving God with all their heart and loving their neighbor as themselves.
The Bible says “without holiness no man shall see God.” Being “holy” means to be separate and apart from all evil and wickedness and dedicated to good. It is not a negative thing like giving up all the fun in life.
Holiness is positive and active. The people of God must be holy in practice as well as separated in position—set apart for God’s use/purpose. The one is meaningless without the other. This sanctifying or separating of His people is, on the part of Jehovah, an act; but the practice of holiness in His people is the working out of that act for themselves.
“I am Jehovah which sanctify you,” but we read in the preceding verse, “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy” (Lev. 20:7). God has endowed us with free will. He recognizes that prerogative of free will. He commands His people to be holy but He will not force them to be so….Jehovah would have man’s free and willing separation and holiness, otherwise it is no holiness at all, for without free will it loses its moral character. Therefore this holiness is a process, not an act accomplished once for all. It lasts as long as man shall live and calls for his continued exercise and choice.
Return to the statement near the top. Love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. Pretty practical. Definitely possible. Where our efforts fail, Jesus’ blood atones. Nothing weird there.
Many spiritual question we have may take us in circles but it comes back to Jesus’ blood