Be Ye Holy, Benjamen Leahey

1Peter 1:16-, “Because it is written, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”

Holiness is the very essence and nature of God. It is the description of who He is. Time and time again, both in the Old and New Testament, God is proclaimed as holy, both by men and angels, all of His creation declares His holiness. Here, God speaks through the anointed word of Peter, declaring a truth that is as pertinent in the New testament as it was in the Old Testament, we are to be holy, for He is holy. This is what God demands of His people. This is not an option, just as sin is not an option. We are to forsake sin, and to be holy, partakers of the very divine nature of God.

It is my opinion that holiness is the most ignored teaching in our time. What was once the common condition of a Christian has now been relegated to nothing more than a passing thought. But look deeper now, who does Jesus say will see God? The pure in heart (Matthew 5:8). What does Hebrews tell us, that without holiness, no one shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). What has become an afterthought in modern “Christendom” has always been the central focus of Christianity, a pure and holy heart. Think of it, would an earthly king be made to dwell in the midst of filthiness? not at all. They are secured in the finest of everything, comforts of life we can’t even imagine. Yet we expect the King of Glory to come and live within a filthy heart, filled with idolatry, pride, anger, and all other sorts.

God sent His Son to make us holy, to cleanse us of our inner corruption, that He may reign within us in glorious beauty and splendor. Does He deserve any less? So the question is, am I holy as He is holy? Or am I in love with the world, am I too fascinated with sport and entertainment, the devil’s best friends, to even give God the time of day? Is my heart truly the holy habitation of God? Does my heart belong fully to Him? Is Jesus the central focus of my life, the center of my affections, or do I give Him fifteen minutes a few times a week? When you fell in love with your spouse, remember how much time you spent with them. You couldn’t wait to see them each day. Do you feel that way about Jesus? God is a jealous God, He desires all of us, and He desires holiness. Seek for Him until you find Him friends, till He fills every part of your life.

That our hearts may be stirred, Blessings Brother Ben

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