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compares to Him. God Himself declared,   way, we as believers are called a holy
        “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall   people because of our connection with
        I be equal? saith the Holy One” (Isa 40:25   God through the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:16;
        KJV). Many OT believers recognized this   1Co 6:19). We are made holy as a result of
        aspect of God as well. When God answered   the work of the Lord Jesus: “And by that
        Hannah’s prayer, she praised God, saying,   will we have been sanctified through the
        “There is none holy as the LORD: for there   offering of the body of Jesus Christ once
        is none beside thee: neither is there any   for all” (Heb 10:10 ESV).
        rock like our God” (1Sam 2:2 KJV).     Although we are already set apart
          One can learn much about the meaning   positionally, God wants us to daily strive
        of a word from its antonym; the opposite   for personal holiness in our lives. “As
        of holy is “profane” or “common” (Heb   obedient children, do not be conformed to
        10:29b). In light of this, how fearful it is in   the passions of your former ignorance, but
        modern Christianity to trivialize God and   as he who called you is holy, you also be
        treat Him as “common” or “ordinary.” God   holy in all your conduct, since it is written,
        is often portrayed as “the man upstairs”   ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1Pe
        or someone who helps win ball games –   1:14-16 ESV).
        attempting to make God like one of us!   Living a holy life means to be set apart
        While Scripture portrays God as loving   from this world and sin, and to be set apart
        and gracious, such a low view of God is   to God. God uses His Word to sanctify us;
        the furthest thing from what was known   the Word sets us apart from the world
        by the prophet Isaiah and the Apostle John   (Psa 119:9; Joh 17:16-17). Therefore, we
        in Revelation. God Himself does not take   must allow the Word of God to rule
        kindly to profaning His holiness: “These   our lives through daily meditation and
        things you have done, and I have been   prayer. In addition to being in the Word
        silent; you thought that I was one like   of God, we must keep ourselves from
        yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the   allowing the world to intrude and harm
        charge before you” (Psa 50:21 ESV). God   our spiritual life; we are to “come out …
        is not like any one of us or anything we   and be ye separate” and “touch not the
        know; He is utterly distinct and different.   unclean thing” (2Co 6:17 KJV). While the
          The secondary meaning of holiness   NT does not legislate holiness by rules and
        derives from its primary sense. Since   regulations, it certainly provides four basic
        God is unlike anything in creation (we   guidelines  that each believer can follow
        are sinful and He is impeccably sinless),   as to behavior: 1) Is it helpful – physically,
        all that is set apart for God is expected to   spiritually, mentally (1Co 6:12a)? 2) Does
        reflect His character, mainly His absolute   it bring me under its power (1Co 6:12b)?
        purity (e.g., 1Th 4:3-5; 2Co 7:1; Titus   3) Does it hurt others (1Co 8:13)? 4) Does
        2:14). The Scriptures also convey absolute   it glorify God (1Co 10:31)? Let us then
        moral purity of God when addressing His   examine ourselves carefully so that we
        holiness.                            may lead holy lives for God. That is our
        “Be ye holy, as I am holy”           reasonable service in light of all He has
          In  the  OT,  things  and  people  were   done for us.
        considered holy because of their connection   ¹ The Pursuit of Holiness. Jerry Bridges.
        with God (Exo 3:5; 15:13; 28:4). In the same   NavPress 2016.

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