“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
I Peter 2:9 NKJV
“You must be holy!” Many a churchgoer might have heard a preacher thunder these very words from the pulpit. As he preaches, with righteous indignation most likely, fear and trepidation fill their hearts and they wonder if they are really holy and acceptable before God.
If you happen to be one of such people, you will learn (or be reminded) this morning that as long as you have believed the Gospel, God calls you holy. If our anchor scripture is any indication, you can already see that this is true. This is God’s truth; you are holy.
You might ask,
“Am I still holy when I sin against God even though I have believed the Gospel ?”
“Doesn’t my holiness state change when I fall prey to temptation?”
Before providing a straightforward answer, let’s take a look at the meaning of the word “holy” in the Old Testament. It will show you that the first time the word was used, it had nothing to do with the behaviour of the subject or object:
“Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is HOLY GROUND.”
Exodus 3:5 NKJV
Based on this text, can we say the ground Moses was standing upon did anything to be called holy? It gets more interesting when we read about more inanimate objects being called holy. Days (Isaiah 58:13), food (Leviticus 21:22), clothes (Exodus 39:41), promises (Psalm 105:42), to mention a few, were called holy.
A close examination of these texts will reveal that the holy nature of these things was never about their actions but the Person who made them so – God. God called those things holy and they were so.
Now back to you, a child of God, one who has believed the Gospel, why should you doubt if God calls you holy? You need to realise that just as your efforts could not get you saved, it cannot make you holy. God is the one who can call you holy and if He has, then it is so without any iota of doubt.
The regular question that arises after this is, “Does it mean I can go on sinning because God has called me holy?” On the contrary, you cannot! (Romans 6:1). That’s a matter to be tackled tomorrow but for now, let it be settled in your heart that holiness is not about your efforts but about God who calls you holy.
Believe it, accept it and walk in the knowledge of it.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 14:12-31, 2 Corinthians 13, Psalms 109, 2 Samuel 5-7.