Holiness

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What is Holiness and who can be Holy?

Even the best humans have the seeds of corruption within them so can any human claim to be holy? Well, it is a relative process; we Christians do not but into many things that are described as relative.

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For instance, while all killing is not murder, murder is murder period. We do kill animals, fish and birds for food. We do not attempt to qualify murder by saying, “The slaying was murder-like.” for example.  Yes in a war things get all messed up, because all people Christians included, seek ways to justify what goes on by claiming they are right and justified.  Defending one’s family in a war or criminal situation seems clear to many but, not even that is accepted by all – war or self defense is a last resort. So how can people ever agree who is holy and how to become holy?

Leviticus 11:45 ESV

For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

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Acts 2:38 ESV 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

GOD is Holy. Jesus is Holy. The Holy Spirit also.

We can become an improved version of ourselves by becoming more Christ-Like every day thus moving  from the starting place as “sinner” toward a saved person – saved by GOD’s Grace – eliminating sins as we are convicted of them. So, after all, since even as a “Saved Christian” we are not sin free here on Earth but we are set apart (more holy less sinful) and by accepting Jesus as Lord, GOD does not see our sin because of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection; we are counted as “HOLY” even now.

The explanation is contained in the Bible.

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1 Peter 1:13-25 ESV

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, …

An important distinctions between holy, sacred, sanctified and saint may arise when discussing holiness: see the following website on usage in the English Language:

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/84837/whats-the-difference-between-hallow-sacred-holy-and-saint

Do Not Delay Accept Jesus and Begin the Process of your Transformation.

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James Halifko

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