Being Holy!

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “ You shall be holy, for I am holy.” NASB 1 Peter 14-15

This follows what we have studied together in months gone by. However, we can reap much from it just as it is. When you get a moment, go back and re-read the chapter in 1 Peter.

We are to be, in His power and grace, the same as He is. He requires it, and He empowers it. If we misunderstand holiness or grace, this passage leaves the Believer feeling awash in their own shortcomings. That was not Peter’s intention.

To be “holy” in the New Testament is to be “set-apart.” It does not carry the meaning of the nature of character. I am to be set-apart to Him, much like what occurs when a marriage covenant is made. The members of the marriage are to be unto one another. This is the meaning here. We are not to be living in a one-sided covenant with Him. He dedicates Himself to us through a blood covenant (Jesus) and we are to receive/embrace Him and live dedicated to Him.

In that covenant we have received grace. That Son-ship placement means we have God’s privilege and power resulting in faithfulness in that dedication. It is not self-will. It is my faith-willingness wrapped in His power. That way it is included in the gift of Son-ship and not a self-will, self-centered action, but the very act of worship/love to our God and Savior. (Romans 12:1-2) Even our obedience is empowered!

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