God’s Kingdom is the realm where we enjoy holiness. That’s obviously true for our afterlife, but it includes the here and now. Our challenge in the here and now is that the reality and work of holiness is greatly misunderstood.
Holiness Is Far More Than Purity
Essentially holiness is a diamond of highest value. The beautiful gem stone has many facets. Those facets include purity of thought, word, and actions. But as vital as it is, purity is only part of the full understanding of holiness.
Holiness Is The Experience of Wholeness
Holiness is a life that is intentionally separated unto God and His abundance. We live is such a sin conscious approach to understanding God and His good news that when we think of holiness, we automatically think about being separated from sin. And we keep looking at the sin we need to be separated from instead of being separated to God and His described abundant life.
The emphasis needs to be on being separated to God rather than separated from sin. Looking unto Jesus and the fullness of His life.
Who Does The Separating?
Here is where it gets real. The first thing that we need to realize is that the power of holiness is in the Holy Spirit/The Spirit of Holiness. As we begin choosing to fix our attention on the truth of the Gospel past, present, and future, there begins to be an active power that is at work within us. That power is identified by one of God’s covenant names, “ Jehovah–M’Kaddesh” the One who sanctifies us.
What’s Our Part?
If you say to me that we have to cooperate with our sanctification (our holiness), I would agree with you. But, I would not agree with what many people say that entails. To a great many sincere, but religiously minded, people they believe that being holy is us choosing to stop sinful thoughts and behavior.
That’s fine. Try it. How’s that working out for you?
Our part is to choose to put our minds on the greatness of God in Jesus Christ and everything that means past, present, and future.
When you do that. When you embrace the abundance of His life and provision for you, when you stop focusing on what you can’t do, and fix your attention on what He has done, is doing, and will do, your “tastes/desires” begin to change…without much stopping effort on your part.
<to be continued…>