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Holiness in the Lord

April 25, 2013

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Heb. 12:14

That is a stand-alone statement – apart from all other aspects of a person’s life and/or his or her perceived relationship with God. Even those of us who are born of His Spirit must walk in holiness if we would see God. That is a lot to swallow, but it is confirmed many times throughout the Bible, nonetheless.

The same Holy Spirit who inspired the writer of Hebrews inspired the other writers of the Bible, making abundantly clear that anyone who is not holy cannot see the Lord. This is a fundamental truth, and it is not one to be made light of. In today’s era of post-modern church, “gospel speakers” (there are no post-modern-minded preachers) belittle those of us who still recognize God’s call for personal responsibility toward Godliness, beginning with holiness (separation from the world and the lust of the flesh thereof). My friend, the holy state God freely gave us remains only as we pursue a walk in that holiness, otherwise we can become unholy again. Fortunately, God is long-suffering and patient, working with us for many years through the personal sanctification (holiness) process. For this we should be forever grateful! But there may come a time when we are called to give account, and are not ready due to our slothfulness to respond properly to His great patience.

Let us take heed to our need for holiness and separation from the world with the lust thereof, especially from the lust of the flesh by which we may be so easily beset.

“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” II Cor. 3:17

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One Comment
  1. “Even those of us who are born of His Spirit must walk in holiness if we would see God” this is one of the least accepted truths in evangelicalism in the West. Thank you for stating this so clearly. For it is Biblical.

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