(24 Feb 2011)
"Re: Steve – BE YE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY"
I agree with you 100 percent! The Lord would not tell us in His Word to be holy if it were not something we could do! To take what you wrote a step further:
Hebrews 12:14 - Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
1 Thessalonians 4:7 - For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
2 Corinthians 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.
Holiness here comes from Greek words hagiasmos G#38 and hagiōsynē G#42
both signifying moral purity…purification, consecration and sanctification. Purity is devoid of filth. Purity is being clean!
So I always ask myself, “Why is that scripture there?” In this case, why would the Lord tell us to be holy if we can’t do it? Obviously we can do it once we know what being holy means. Since we see that holiness refers to moral purity, cleanliness, I believe our Lord will be looking for the holy “fruit” of purity when He comes to rapture the wise virgins, the wife, to take her home. Even in the world a virgin is pure! How much more should the Bride of a Holy God then, be pure? The marriage of the Lamb is come and the wife has made herself ready. Rev. 19:7. This “making herself ready” connotes a process that rendered the wife prepared for her groom. The “wife” prepared for Him by taking the time to clean up for Him – to be pure. How do I know? Because the “Word” says…And every man that hath this hope in Him purifies himself even as He is pure. I John 3:3. If the Holy Scripture says we must be holy; if Holy Scripture says we must be pure; it is then no longer opinion, it is SCRIPTURE and we need to do it and stop deferring our responsibility to PURIFY OURSELVES as if it were something we were helpless to do. Somehow, I don’t think “the devil made me do it,” will cut it on that day. The “Word” is God. The Word says we must be holy. So it’s simple. Jesus Is Coming! Who among us has “made herself ready,” … pure and holy… for Him?
In 1 Peter 1:16, the Lord says “be holy, for I am Holy”. I know you were concerned that even though we should aim for holiness, as it says in the bible, we would not be able to achieve it “until we are in our new bodies after the rapture”. However the Lord WILL make us holy, if we truly aspire to it – see 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 where Paul says:
1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Jesus imputed His righteousness to us because of His death and resurrection. In the same way as we cannot ACTUALLY be perfect (left to our own devices!) like the Lord, as it says we are to be in various places in the New Testament, the desire to be like Jesus, to love Him and believe in all He said and did, and to make every effort to behave like we know we should, is what He wants us to do.
I’m no good with words, but I pray that you can hear that “still small voice” because we are SO close to going Home!!!
Love in Jesus’ name