According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love – Ephesians 1:4
The doctrine of holiness is one that’s been grossly misconstrued by many in the Church. Many equate holiness with “sinlessness,” but holiness has nothing to do with what you do. The presence of God in your life/spirit is what makes you holy. The entire doctrine of holiness in the Bible, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, has nothing do with your actions; rather, it has to do with who you are and where you are. Only a holy man can live holy; you can’t “practise” holiness to become holy. Holiness is actually positional; God’s presence in, and upon you, makes you holy. You have to first be holy, before you can live a holy life. This is why in Christ, we’re made holy by grace, and thus expected to live accordingly (1 Peter 1:16).
For example, the Bible describes Mount Sinai as a holy mountain because God stepped on it. The mountain didn’t do anything right or wrong to become holy. The presence of God consecrated it and made it holy. If a mountain could be said to be holy because God stepped on it, how much more you that are His dwelling place! You’re God’s holy and sanctified vessel; separated from the world, unto the Christ life.
Even when you do something wrong, as a child of God, it doesn’t change who you are; you’re still holy. When you sin and ask God’s forgiveness, He forgives you, and as far as He’s concerned, you’re as one who never did anything wrong. No wonder the Word says, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” (Colossians 1:21-22). Before God, you’re holy, unblameable, and unreproveable.
This is what it means to be holy; it means that through the Spirit, you’ve been consecrated by God unto salvation. By His choice, you’ve been set apart from sin, sickness, poverty and death, unto priesthood, and the glorious life in Christ.
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Dear Father, thank you for the blood of Jesus that has washed me white as snow, and brought me into union and fellowship with you. I’m grateful that through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ you’ve presented me holy, blameless, sanctified and irreproachable in your sight, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 3:1