More reminders: Be holy

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Taken from the Amplified Bible Classic Edition, the Verse of the Day for January 10, 2017 offers more reminders of exactly how Christian believers show conduct their lives:

1 Peter 1:15-16:

But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living. For it is written, you shall be holy, for I am holy.

Exactly what does it mean to be holy? Simply put, to be holy is to be separated, set apart, sanctified, and dedicated to the glory of God Almighty.  Throughout the Scriptures God reveals the ultimate purpose for His creation: worship and adoration. The lyrics to this song remind us:

We were made to worship You.

We were made to worship You.

Raise our hands and lift our voice,

Sing Your praise and make a joyful noise.

In everything we say and do

We were made to worship You.

 

We were made to worship You.

We were made to worship You.

We were created for Your glory:

Every page of our life’s story.

Every fiber of our being

Gives our life its fullest meaning.

In everything we say and do

We were made to worship You.

We were made to worship You.

Prior to the release of the Children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt, Moses told Pharaoh repeatedly, “Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.” After their escape from captivity, Moses reminds God’s people: “For I am the Lord Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God; therefore you shall be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:45)

In the Old Testament everything associated with worship was to be “holy,” separated and set apart and dedicated specifically for the service of God: animals, vessels and instruments; those who offered sacrifices as an expression of worship; even the very place where the presence of God abided was known as “the most holy place,” the “holy of holies.”

In a similar manner, as believers we are to separate ourselves and make a commitment to be holy in our conduct and manner of living, in everything we do. We are to live our lives in holiness that we might be pleasing unto God who commands that we be holy.

Paul speaks of the believer’s former position prior to Christ in light of how one should conduct oneself after accepting Christ as savior:

Romans 6:19 (NLT):

Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy

A similar exhortation is found in 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NLT):

Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

In thinking about the phrase “be holy as I am holy,” I recall the slogan, “Be all that you can be,” catchphrase of the recruiting campaign for the US Army. As believers, members of the Body of Christ, we are to be all that we were designed to be, that we might fulfill our ultimate purpose in the Lord who has blessed us as believers, so magnificently expressed in Ephesians 1:3-5 (AMPC):

May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!

Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.

For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [[a]because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]—

We close with a familiar hymn to remind us of the commitment that it takes to live in holiness: we must “Be Ye Holy”:

 

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