Holiness

15 Oct

Boy that title really grabbed you, didn’t it? Yawn. I read a post by a preacher last week pondering how difficult it is to preach on holiness without sounding self-righteous. What I immediately knew is that he suffered from a misunderstanding of just what holiness is. The message from yesterday at Heartsong (about being adventure capitalists instead of being self-centered venture capitalists) was based in 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. In that Paul (who wrote most of the New Testament in the Bible after the four stories of the life and teaching of Jesus) talked about holiness. In writing to Jesus followers he said God “made you holy by means of Jesus Christ.” You see, holiness is not some accomplishment we can attain; it’s not being less of a sinner than our spouse-insert smiley face here). If the word “holiness” reminds you of the word, “wholeness” it should. The only being who is whole in themselves is God. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty-God in three persons-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For you and I holiness is a matter of being rightly related. What makes us holy (whole) is not being less of a sinner than our spouse, but being rightly related to Jesus. When we enter into and stay at our own personal relationship of love and trust with him we are whole (holy). It’s not hard at all to talk about holiness without being self-righteous. My self being right or doing the right things has nothing to do with my (or your) holiness. It has everything to do with only being whole when we are connected in love and trust with the Lord.

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