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Why Holiness?                         the Holy One who called you, become

          Our caller said, “I am holy” (1Pe 1:16).   holy yourselves in all of your conduct”
        And since He has brought us near to   (1Pe 1:14-15). Our Father is the caller,
        Himself through salvation, it comes as   and we are to answer Him “like obedi-
        no surprise that His plan and expectation   ent children” (v14). And the holiness He
        is that “you shall be holy, because I am   called us to isn’t only during our private
        holy” (v16). The Christian’s life can only   time with Him, or just about our thoughts
        be meaningfully lived in communion with   and desires; it is “in all of your conduct.” It
        God, and that involves living consistent   means holiness in every action and aspect
        with His character. Paul wrote that “God   of our daily lives. Paul emphasized to the
        did not call us to impurity but in holiness”   Thessalonians that our call includes “that
        (1Th 4:7). Impurity, in its widest sense, is   you keep away from sexual immorality,
        all that is inconsistent with God. He didn’t   that each of you know how to possess his
        save and call us for that kind of a life. He   own body in holiness and honor” (1Th
        called us “into the sphere”  of holiness,   4:3-4). When writing to Timothy, Paul
        where we can live for His glory, and where   connected our holy calling to not being
        He transforms us as we appreciate and   “ashamed of the testimony about our
        model our lives after Christ (2Co 3:18).  Lord,” and to sharing “in suffering for
                                              the gospel by the power of God” (2Ti 1:8
        How Can We Respond?                   ESV). And we know the Spirit of God will
          Answering our call is straightforward.   show us where there is need for greater
        “Do not comply with the evil urges you   holiness in our lives and enable us to deal
        used to follow in your ignorance, but, like   with impurity (Rom 8:13).
        ⁶ Charles A. Wanamaker, The Epistles to the   The notifications are clear and unavoid-
        Thessalonians: A Commentary on the Greek   able – we’ve been called. The Holy One
        Text, New International Greek Testament
        Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: William B.   has called us to a holy calling. Now the
        Eerdmans, 1990), 157.                 question is: how will we respond today?

        The Tabernacle and the Temple                         -Continued from p. 263

        whether in children’s meetings or gospel   street level, while others, like Hezekiah,
        work, because it is “the holy scriptures,   repaired it and restored the holiness of
        which are able to make thee wise unto   the house. What mark will we leave on
        salvation” (2Ti 3:15).                God’s house in our behaviour, attitude
        A Holy Mark                           and service? May we grasp with renewed
          Throughout the history of the temple   zeal that “holiness becometh thine house”
        from Solomon to Zedekiah, each king left   (Psa 93:5), so that as priests we may “wor-
        his mark on God’s house. Some, like Ahaz,   ship the LORD in the beauty of holiness”
        defiled it and brought the lavers down to   (Psa 29:2).

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