God calls Us to Be Holy as He is Holy

God is holy. Holiness is perfect righteousness and goodness. Holiness will do and judge everything righteously. God is one Spirit in Souls. God alone is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. These omni-powers are in his Spirit. Righteousness and holiness are the attributes of his souls. Our souls are created in the image of his soul. So, God wants us to be as holy as he is holy. "1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." But, God does not tell us to be omnipotent as he is omnipotent, because he did not make us in the image of his spirit, but our spirit has the likeness of his spirit. That is, if God's spirit has the intensity of the sun, our spirit is as a light of a candle. But in soul, we are in the image of God. Here, image is the exact copy of the soul of God, and likeness is the resemblance of the Spirit (body, but not the third person) of God. Man also has a body of flesh that is created from the dust. God has souls that are in his Spirit, and his omni-power Spirit is his body.

Babies are not born in sin. Sin will not be transferred from one person to the other, even from mother to child. But, we all commit sin from our youth. "Psalm 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: Job 20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, Jeremiah 3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God. Ezekiel 23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth." God tells his people to become holy. If we are his people, it will be possible for us to live a holy life, by the Grace of God. How do we become holy? It is by doing what God tells us to do through scriptures. Our holy life is our living in obedience to God.

God is holy and righteous. He is impartial to Jews and Gentiles, or Christians and Non-Christians. We all sin from our youth. But, God wants us to become his sons/daughters and to be joint heirs with Jesus Christ to inherit his kingdom. "Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ..." Most preachers preach and Christians believe that this status is free if we believe that Jesus died for us on the cross. It is a lie and it is the deception of Satan. But the pre-requisite is to obey God and become his children. The sons/daughters are the heirs of the Father.

Isaiah 6:3 says that the seraphims worship God: "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." The same is told in "Revelation 4:8: … they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty..." It seems that even though God has unique power attributes of omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience, he has more regard for his character attribute of holiness. Surprisingly, every person can have the attribute of holiness. But, nobody can attain his power attributes and so, God does not require it from us. God requires us to be holy as he is holy, and thus to become his sons/daughters to inherit his kingdom.

1. Is it possible for us to live holy?

God is omnipotent. For an example, he has created people. Can we create anything, for an example, a mosquito? No. So, God is not asking us to be omnipotent. God is omniscient. He knows all things, for an example, he knows how many hairs are on your head. God does not ask you know any such thing. God is omnipresent. He can be anywhere in the universe at the same time. We can only be where we are. God can do all these because his Spirit has omni-power and his persons (souls) are God since they are in his Spirit that is God. We are men/women since our souls are in human body. God does not require from us anything that God alone can do; no omni-power deed is required from us.

God has made us in his own image. "Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:.. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Our souls are in the image of the soul of God, that is, our soul is identical with the soul of God. Our spirit has the likeness of the spirit of God, that is, both are as lights, but if God's light is as sun, our light is as candle light. His spirit has omni-powers, our spirit has no power. Our body is either male or female, made out of dust, and the body of God is his omni-power spirit, he is neither male nor female. When we are born with body and soul. We receive the spirit as we are born again, that is, born of the spirit. "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." God gives us his power in our spirit. We cannot receive power and truth from God, if we do not have the spirit from God. This spirit is holy and so it is also called the holy spirit. It is not God, but it is the spirit of man. I am the soul, I live in my body, and my spirit has the truth and the power of God. My soul with my spirit, can live a holy life.

Our Lord God tells us to be holy. Most of us think that it is impossible for humans to live a holy life. Some of us challenge the idea of a man becoming holy without even realizing that God is the one telling us to be holy. Critics say that even the Bible has no proof of a person, who lived a holy life. They make statements saying that everyone is born as sinner. It is not true. The Bible says that we begin to sin at our youth. They seems to praise Jesus by saying that he is the only one who has not committed sin. Let me leave it now, since it is not our topic. However, God is telling sinners, not to commit sin anymore and to live a holy life. Since Jesus Christ is not a fake and he requires it from sinners, it is possible for a sinner to live a holy life. And, Jesus Christ always tells the truth and he gives power to his people.

2. Proof of Holy Men in the Bible

The following references from the Bible are evidence to that people have lived and are now living holy lives.

God has brought the scriptures through holy men. They were ordinary men lived a holy life and were used of God. "Acts 3:21 ---, God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets ....  2 Peter 1:21 --- holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

The apostles were holy men. Ordinary fishermen, a tax collector, etc, became disciples of Jesus and were made apostles. They became holy. "Ephesians 3:5… it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;  Revelation 18:20 … ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her."

Apostle Paul and the workers with him were living holy lives.  "1 Thessalonians 2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:"

Jesus Christ is coming again to receive those that are holy (both dead and alive). If the second coming of Jesus Christ is certain, it can also be certain there are holy people on earth waiting for his coming.  Revelation 20:6 says, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:"

If these people lived holy lives and some of us are now living holy lives, it is possible that others also can live holy lives. Every society has an acceptable standard for living, which are also known as moral standards or laws. How we live within the confines of the standard, is our character. God’s standard for everyone is to have holiness for our character. We are born with soul in our body. Born again people also has spirit with the soul. The spirit is holy and it wants to please God. But the flesh wants to live according to the pleasures of the world. If the physical body dominates the soul, we will not live a holy life. But, if the soul is guided by the spirit, then we will live a holy life. Then, we will live as children of God with holiness and righteousness. Then, we will be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ throughout eternity.

3. God calls Us for Holiness

A. Holiness from the revelation of Jesus Christ

God is calling his people to be holy as he is holy. "Lev 11:45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy." (Also Leviticus 19:2). With the instincts of the flesh alone, it is impossible for us to be holy. But it is possible to live holy with the grace of God, which is the power of God. So, let us receive the grace of God, to become holy. "1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." Grace of God is granted to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ to enable us to be holy. What is the revelation of Jesus Christ? (1) Most Christians think that Jesus of Nazareth, was living as God, which is not true. But, he has lived as a man, and lived holy by the power of God. So, as a man or woman, we can also live a holy life, as Jesus as a man lived a holy life. (2) At present, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is God, he is in the Spirit, he has omni-powers, and Jesus Christ is no more a man, even though he acknowledges that he was a man. But, Christians treat Jesus Christ as an elevated man, but not as God. We must not treat him as our daddy, or as our grand-ma. Jesus Christ is God in Spirit with omni-powers. We must worship and obey him with awesome respect. 3. Seldom Christians know how Jesus Christ became the begotten son of God. We think that the man Jesus is the begotten son of God. But, the Bible says that Jesus Christ was declared as begotten son of God at his resurrection, but not at his birth as a man. If we know and accept the revelation of Christ, God will give his grace. Then, we can live a holy life.

B. Call for Separation that leads to Holiness

Holy life starts as we detach ourselves from the source of sin. Then we shall become the children of God and holiness shall become a way of life. "2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

C. Follow the Word that leads to Holiness

Churches contain both good seed and tares. Godly people are wheat and worldly people are tares. This is told through a parable in Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Godly people will strive for holiness, but others will not. Wheat Christians will continue in the Word of God, become disciples, know the truth and be converted into new persons, who follow Jesus Christ. "John 8:31 says, Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The freedom Jesus refers to here is to be free from sin, which is also the freedom to live a holy life. "James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

D. Follow the example of Jesus Christ

"1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness…" Jesus Christ has lived a holy life in order to leave a sample life for us so that we follow his foot steps and become holy. He died for us so that we, being dead to sins, live unto righteousness, which is a holy life.

4. Start to Live Holy

We all began to commit sin at our youth, according to scriptures. However, we must become holy in order to meet Jesus Christ at his second coming. Becoming holy is a process and the duration depends on our commitment, determination and dedication. False Christians (Tare) believe in some ceremony for instant holiness, which is counterfeit. But, true Christians (Wheat) join the process to become holy. They will grow in God as they will become holy. Let us see how this process works in the light of the Word of God.

A. Acknowledge our Sin

Let us first accept the fact that our flesh has an instinct to sin and we begin to commit sin at our youth. But, the churches teach that we are saved by grace, as we are committing sins. We believe that false deceptive teaching, and confess that we have no sin. So, God corrects this stupidity by his inspired word. "1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not." We must know that as long as we commit sin, we are sinners and we cannot say that we have no sin. If we say it, it is lie and deception. God’s plan for us is to redeem us from the bondage of this sinning instinct of sinning. But, we should not tell another lie that we are saved by grace, as we are sinning.

B. Repent and Confess Past Sins

If we repent and confess our sins to God with broken heart and contrite spirit, God will give us the holy spirit to lead us in righteousness and holiness. If we follow the guidance of the holy spirit to live in righteousness, then God will forgive all our past sins. "Romans 3:25 ... for the remission of sins that are past Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Further he will clean us from all unrighteousness, which is the unjust aptitudes, so that we will not sin again. However, after when we are delivered from the bondage of sin, we should not forget that we were sinners in the past. This does not mean that we will continue to sin. "1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." We must not sin again.

C. Obey God’s Commandments

True believers love God and obey his commandments. But, Christians who do not obey God also say that they love God. Some of them boastfully say that they know him. But God says that they are liars. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:… 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: 1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him." Those who love God are in him, which means they abide in him. "1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." Many Christians have learned to say flowery words without living a godly life. But, if we say we abide in God we must prove it through our holy living.

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5. God gives Gifts to help Us

A. God Gives Ministers to Churches

God gives ministers to the Church so that they may lead the saints (wheat) in holiness that is similar to that of Jesus Christ. "Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.". However, God gives caution about false workers (tares) who are teaching counterfeit holiness that does not come from your holy life.

B. God Gives Gifts of the Spirit

God gives gifts of the Holy Ghost to believers of the Church for their spiritual profit. "1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." However, manifestations of gifts are not proof for godliness since God gives these gifts even to rebellious (disobedient) people. "Psalm 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. Ephesians 4:8 … When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." Rebellious men use the gifts and the name of God for their own profit and glory. They are false preachers.

C. God Gives Grace for Salvation

Grace never takes a sinning person to heaven. But grace will convert a person from sinning to holy living, which is saving from sin. "Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" These people are saved from sinning and living holy lives by the grace of God.

6. God Works on Us

"Ephesians 2:10... we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 4:24 …ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame…" We are God’s workmanship created in righteousness and holiness, without blame so that we should live holy life. For this purpose God has chosen us to be in Christ Jesus even before the foundation of the world.

A. God gives the Spirit of Man

We are born with a flesh body. God tells us that we must also be born of spirit. "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, that is when we accept to obey his commandments, God gives us the spirit of man that is also called the holy spirit. Now we are born of the spirit. "John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, … 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

B. Spirit mortifies Our deeds

Now, the spirit that we just received, desires the things against the flesh. We should put the flesh down and lift up the spirit. It is hard work. "Romans 8:1… no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit... 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.… 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." But, it is easier said than done. But, when we stagger in the holy spite to mortify the deeds of the body, the Spirit of God, who is the Holy Ghost, will help us. And through the Spirit of God, we can and will mortify the deeds of the body.

C. The Seed of God Abides in Us

Our perfect obedience will lead us to the abiding of the Holy Ghost, the Father and the Son. "John 14:17 the Spirit of truth… for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." How could the omnipresent God abide in our finite body? It is his seed, the very abstract of him, will abide in us. "1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."

D. God Calls that Labor and are Heavy Laden

We find it very hard to obey his commandments. But God seems to think it is easy. "1 John 5:3 … his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh…" The key is that if we love him enough to follow him or rather come to him, then Jesus will do the rest. "Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Jesus Christ will teach us how to obey if we are willing to learn of him.  He says it is easy. Believe him. Trust him. He will guide us.

E. Christ Wash Us Holy

Ephesians 5:25 says, "Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 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 and without blemish." Here, washing of the water by the word means that God will purify his saints by his word. That is, Jesus reveals his word to them and they follow or obey his word and become holy without blame.

F. Christ Lives Our Life

We can live holy through Jesus Christ. "Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: … 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: …" Here, the abiding of Christ in the believer is the grace of God. However, this abiding can be verified. "1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him…. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." If Jesus Christ lives in us then he is living our lives. If he lives our lives, then we will not sin because he will not sin. Thus, we will live a holy life.

7. We shall see God only with Holiness

Most of us believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ. But, without holiness we cannot see him. "Hebrews 12:14 … holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Those who believe in his coming should strive to be pure as Jesus is pure in order to receive his glory. "1 John 3:2… when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." Then we will become holy and inherit God’s kingdom. "Revelation 21:9 Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife…11 Having the glory of God." Our holiness will become our glory from God.

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