Why We Should Be Holy

I am reading in Leviticus lately and read chapter 11 today spurring a thought on these verses

“For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

The deliverance from Egypt is brought up over and over by God to get Israel to wake up and listen. They never do. Their deliverance from Egypt was a deliverance from bondage and slavery followed by a journey to the Promised Land.

This is all an illustration of today: we are released from bondage to sin and we are now on a journey to our Promised Land–Heaven. When God brings up His salvation of them, His delivering them from bondage, He says He has now become their God.

That being the case, Be holy for I am holy. God is holy, God saved you, God is your God therefore, you be holy. Not being holy is always viewed as a sign of rejecting the holy God.

Why should we be holy? Because God is holy.

Must be why Paul tells us we should be perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

16 thoughts on “Why We Should Be Holy”

  1. It doesn’t play any part in the salvation of one’s soul. It’s a result of the salvation of one’s soul. A saved soul must pursue it.

  2. Because that’s what we were created in Christ Jesus to do and it is required in a steward that he be found faithful.

  3. Are you saying we are to pursue holiness so that we will be found to be faithful stewards? If one is not found to be faithful, is his soul saved?

  4. I would say no, but I’m also not the judge, you’re the one bringing up whether people are saved. Sure seems God would view it this way however: Romans 2:7-10; Titus 2:11,12. False professions happen Titus 1:16. Works alone proves nothing, the heart may not be in it. But any man who has had Christ move into His heart will have a change of life. Christ is made unto us our righteousness and our sanctification. He will be fully equipped to every good work. He will walk in good works as God designed. No one is saved by works but every saved man has works to show his faith, as that’s what we were created to do.

  5. It seems as though you are saying holiness(obedience)does play a part in our salvation.

  6. I understand that to you it seems like that’s what I’m saying because that’s what you want me to say. However, it is not what I’m saying.

    Holiness can only happen for a person who is saved, without faith it is impossible to please Him, with faith it is. If a man is saved he will have a desire to live out the perfect holiness that Christ has worked in him.

    In the end, you won’t be judged on what I say but on what God has said. Believers are to pursue holiness.

    Romans 6:19-22; 12:1,2; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 2:11,12

  7. What I hear you saying is, we must puruse holiness, but it plays no role in our salvation. How do you reconcile “make every effort to be holy, becuse without holiness you will not see the Lord”? The scripture seems clear that our free will and effort to pursue holiness (in conjunction with grace) is part of the plan to see the Lord. James 2:24 tells us that our holiness does not flow out of saving faith (as you are suggesting), our holiness (which comes from grace) perfects our faith and makes it saving. Without practical holiness, you do not have saving faith. As James tells us faith and works produce salvation. It seems to me when you say practical holiness plays no role in salvation you are denying this truth. Sorry if I am misunderstanding you.

  8. What I mean to be saying is this: you can’t ask an unbeliever to be holy to be saved as he has no ability to do so. A man of faith will pursue holiness, that’s how you know faith “took.” Many profess, few actually are right in their profession, according to God.

    It is my opinion that faith and obedience are linked very closely in Scripture, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. This hearing is not just a sound wave registering on the ear drum, it is a conviction that causes one to move on what God says.

    At the same time, the Pharisees pursued holiness and it made them sons of hell (so pursuing holiness itself will not save anyone). My point was that the only people who can truly pursue holiness are believers, faith comes first but brings with it obedience.

  9. You clarified your point very well for me – thanks. I think I can see what fuels our disagreement (please correct me if you think I am wrong). You view salvation as an irrevocable completed spiritual event that occurs at a moment of time in a persons life, and is limited to being declared innocent before God. I see salvation as a process that prepares my soul for eternity: I am saved (my sins have been forgiven and I am now an adopted child of God). I am being saved (I am being transformed into the likeness of Christ and being made holy). I will be saved (I will receive a resurrected body and enter into heavenly union with the Trinity). God gives me the free will to not cooperate with Him in this process (unrepentant sin). Therefore, the pursuit of holiness is part of my salvation process that Christ made possible. My desire to be holy flows from my desire to be in the presence of a Holy God for all eternity. If I die before the process is complete, God is faithful to continue the work He has started in me and bring it to completion (total sanctification).

  10. That would probably be the basis of our “disagreement.” I will say that there are an awful lot of verses dealing with salvation that have the word “if” in them, verses largely ignored. 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 Corinthians 15:2; Colossians 1:23.

  11. Good point. The word “IF” is a qualifier. You say these verses are ignored, but could it be they are not interpreted correctly? Hard for me to believe thousands of theologians are ignoring these “ifs” in scripture as it relates to salvation. What do these qualifiers mean? Where did you get your seminary degree(s)?

  12. I’m sure many theologians have dealt with these verses, you just don’t hear them in church very often or in the general banter among Christians. I think they all point to the idea of continuance, the true believer keeps going, life and trials weed out the false professors.

    I attended Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, but will humbly admit that I never quite finished my Masters.

  13. I pursue holiness when I pursue Christ.

    Naw..that’s not right…I don’t pursue Christ…He pursues me!

    I am Holy…because He has declared me so for His sake.

    That’s good enough for me. Now I am free to live in my vocation and love my neighbor (or not).

    Me Holy? What a joke that would be if it were not for Christ and Hid death and resurrection.

  14. Steve, I hear what you’re saying. At the same time, if Christ has made you holy you are to pursue holiness, to be what you’ve been made, it’s one of the tests as to whether you’ve truly been made that. Your statement sounds very happily spiritual, but it is not consistent with scripture.

    Romans 14:19; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 12:14.

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