“For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44-45 (KJV)
First, what is holiness? It is first and foremost a characteristic of GOD our Creator, the One who has made all things, and has called for the crown of His creation to love Him in holiness. It is also a distinction; a difference from all others.
Have you ever heard someone referred to as “Different”? Well, that is what the child of GOD, the Christian is supposed to be: Different from the rest of the world around him/her. God is set apart and different from all the gods that man has made, or ever will make.
Secondly, holiness means without sin; without spot or blemish. Now, that begins to make it a little tough on me. God called the children of Israel to be holy, and He said, “For I am holy”. “…Therefore be holy, for I am holy” was and is His word to His people.
Is holiness still a requirement of the Holy GOD? Most definitely. That means that on my own merit I do not, nor can I ever measure up to His requirement, except someone pay the price of my redemption. What is the price? Death – my own; and then, if I die for my own sinfulness, and unholiness I would spend eternity in Hell. The death of my body would not redeem me from the eternal death in Hell that I would have if my redemption was up to me.
There is only one answer. That answer is the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of the perfect, sinless, holy Son of God. He died so that all who will believe in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life. Through Him I became holy, God’s very own, and have everlasting life. So can you, if you will hear Him and believe Him.
Reading for February 07,2018: Leviticus 13 -14