Understanding Holiness // Part 2
God is calling you, just like He did Moses to the top of the mountain to fellowship with Him. When you get there, one thing will be an immediate revelation: God is holy. There is nothing else in all creation that can prepare us for the glimpse of holiness we will see when we fellowship with God. Holiness cannot be understood without a revelation from God. God is holy so a revelation of God comes with a revelation of holiness. You cannot know holiness until you know God, and you cannot know God without knowing holiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ would not be necessary without the holiness of God. The doctrine of holiness sits at the center of the story of Jesus Christ.
What Spirit raised Christ from the dead? The Spirit of holiness!! Without holiness, there would be no moral law. Without holiness, there would be no divine anger with sin. Without holiness, there would be no perfect Son of God sent as an acceptable sacrifice for sin. Without holiness, there would be no vindication of the Resurrection. Without holiness, there would be no final defeat of Satan. Without holiness, there would be no hope of a new heaven and earth where holiness reigns. You see, Jesus was able to die for your sins because He had none to die for of His own. Therefore, He could be a substitute for you. But, Jesus could not have risen from the dead unless He was without sin. Otherwise, His death would be a permanent punishment for His sins. But, because of holiness, He could die for your sins in your place. Because of holiness, He could rise from the dead because He had no sin of His own for which His punishment must be permanent. If it were not for God’s holiness, there would be no victory over sin!
It is the holiness of God that condemns sin but it is the holiness of God that defeats sin!! Jesus faced every sin that you will ever face. If He had sinned Himself then you would have no basis for your victory over sin. But, since He never sinned under any temptation, then you through the death of your flesh and the power of His Spirit have assurance that every sin in your life is defeated and must leave your life! This is your comfort! This is your victory! This is your testimony!
You won your first spiritual victory the day you were saved. How did that happen? You confessed, you believed, you declared, you received. You win every subsequent spiritual battle the same way you were first saved:
- You confess (agree) with God about what His holiness says about the sin.
- You believe that Jesus Christ has defeated the sin.
- You declare with your mouth that you are free because of Jesus.
- You receive into your heart the truth of your victory.
When you get close to Jesus, you can’t help but notice that He is free from all sin. He has no nature of personal sin nor does He have any experience with sin personally. Has He been tempted? Yes! Did He sin when tempted? No! This is your victory. Evil is not in control. Injustice does not rule. Corruption is not king. Satan is defeated. God is trustworthy because He does not change like shifting shadows.
Zōopoiéō ("make alive, enliven") is particularly used of God infusing His life in the believer. The Lord infuses eternal life (zōē) into us each time we receive (obey) faith from Him. This enables living with God – not just for Him (cf. Gal 2:20; Ro 8:28-30; 1 Jn 5:4). His self-existent, all-powerful life overcomes all the deadly effects of sin.
Yes, God’s holiness makes us aware of how morally bankrupt our heart is without Him. But, that same holiness rescues us from us!
- Romans 1:1-4 NIV
- Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV
- Revelation 12:11 ESV
- Romans 8:11 NIV
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