Sometimes I fear, due to what some call grace, that holiness is a forgotten quality within Christianity. We need the zeal of Phinehas in dealing with sin; starting with our own sins.
Due to the deceptive, lying, personal aggrandizing of Balaam to make his own greed successful the Moabites came in with lusty pleasures to cause a plague on Israel. Phinehas dealt with one incident which he was a witness of. He ran in the tent with a javelin, and pierced them, so that the plague God sent was halted.
Now hear the words of the LORD…
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for My sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in My jealousy. Wherefore say, ‘Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace: and he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.’
Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites. And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Vex the Midianites, and smite them: for they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor’s sake.” Numbers 25:10-18 (KJB)
Is there room for holiness in the day of grace? Should there be room for grace during this age of the Church? I answer most definitely. Grace does not nullify holiness; it rather strengthens the Christian to live holy.
Jesus declared holiness by saying this,
“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched…” Mark 9:43
“And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched…” Mark 9:45
“And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire…” Mark 9:47
How much did Jesus hate sin and love holiness? He was willing to give His life; a life that was without sin, spot, or blemish; as the propitiation for the sins of the world. He who was without sin became sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
If God’s people; if Christians will not deal with sin and unholiness, God will. As the prophet Moses said, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).