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HOLINESS…Me Holy?

God gives us this command in 1 Peter 1:16: “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Who is God speaking to? Here’s the verse in context:

1 Peter 1:13-20
“13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

Who is God speaking to?
Verse 14: “As obedient children…”

God is speaking through the apostle Peter to those who are God’s children.

Do you have a personal relationship with God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, you are God’s child. You have been “born again”, forgiven of your sins, and adopted into God’s family. God is your Father and He is speaking to you. “Be holy, for I am holy.”

What does “holy” mean? It carries the idea of separated, set apart, and cut off. When “holy” is used in the Bible to describe God, it conveys two ideas: God is infinitely pure and God is infinitely great. And He is calling His children to imitate Him.

We’ll find out more about holiness in our next blog.

What Do You Think?

God speaks to us through His Word. Communication goes both ways in a relationship. What would you want to say to God? What would you like to hear?

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  1. barbarahct006  May 6, 2014

    Wendy. I’ve had this discussion with a friend of mine; but I still struggle with the answer. How can [I] be Holy and a sinner at the same time. Since my husband passed away last year, I have a fear of being without a companion. We were together for many years. I know that God has been and continues to be my comforter. And I miss my husband so much. I find myself pondering on the lonliness. How can that be Holy? I trust that you can help me through this struggle. I pray to God for peace of mind. Thank you Wendy.

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  2. Wendy Knight
    Wendy Knight  May 7, 2014

    Hi Barbara,
    Thanks for your comment. You asked some great questions. You asked how you can be holy and be a sinner at the same time. God’s will is for every believer to be conformed to Christ’s image. God originally created people in His image, holy, without sin. Through Christ, He makes a way for people to be restored to the original image.
    When you accepted Christ, God did a miraculous work in your life. He did away with your old sinful life and gave you new life in Christ. He washed all your sins away, He sanctified you, He justified you. He put His Holy Spirit in you. Through His Spirit, you were sanctified – set apart to live for God’s purposes, and to be made holy. God united you with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Your old self was crucified with Christ and died to sin. God gave you Christ’s righteousness. These are spiritual changes God made at the moment you turned to Christ.
    God always sees you righteous. You may sometimes sin, but God doesn’t call you a sinner any longer. You have a new identity in Christ. You are a saint. You are holy.
    The sanctification process continues until Christ returns. The Holy Spirit will transform you to become more like Christ as you renew your mind with God’s Word and obey it.
    When Christ returns, God will transform your body and your mind. You will be like Christ.
    What can you do today? Fill yourself with God’s Word. Obey the Holy Spirit.
    When you feel lonely, read Psalms aloud. Offer God a sacrifice of praise. Draw closer to God in prayer. Look for things to thank Him for. Ask Him to heal your heart and comfort you. Hope this helps. I’m praying for you.–Wendy

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