Do I love the idea of being holy? When does having to be holy end? How long do I have to be holy? Do I embrace holiness as the holy Lamb of God embraced the cross as the Father's will for Him? The answers to these questions are: Yes, Never, Forever, Yes.

Paul said,

2 Thessalonians 2:13 . . . God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God called us to holiness "by the gospel." The Father drew us to Christ, but He did so for a particular purpose OF HIS (Ephesians 1:4). He drew us to Christ to sanctify us so we would obtain the glory of God. He didn't force salvation upon us. He didn't shove it down our throats. He invited and called us to accept it as the only way of salvation and fruitfulness and obedience and holiness and glory and WE said yes to that call. Then how come when God makes us a pickle in a "circumstance sandwich," we blame Him? Maybe we didn't understand the ramifications of salvation at the time, that inherent in our response to the gospel was the pure, holy call of God, not only to be saved and set apart, but to walk holy with a view to a holy eternity with Him. How can we say we have accepted God's salvation if we have no intent to be holy? Knowing what the Scriptures say, it ought to be a cry from our depths. Salvation is a holy thing and holiness comes with it. That's what justification is: it is beginning of a holy life that will never, ever end. We've heard many say, "I knew my sins, at that moment, were gone, forgiven, and forgotten by the Father." It is synonymous to say, "I felt holy at that moment, clean for the first time in my life." His word, the call of God, justification, righteousness, salvation, obedience, the coming glory at His return, even the fruit of the Spirit - all are wrapped in holiness and help define holiness:

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

These verses tell us that everything hinges on holiness: we are called, justified and glorified in Christ and the start of it all is sanctification (set apart) unto obedience to the truth, right up to the return of Christ at the end of the age.


Our first and foremost reason for wanting to be holy should be because it is the Father's will for us. And the reason He wants it for us is that we can inherit that which He promised:

Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

The second reason is that Christ is our life and He is holy:

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

The Christian also purifies himself because of the hope that lies before him, namely, to be glorified when Christ returns: called, justified, glorified (Romans 8:30). Paul reckoned cleansing by the shed blood of Christ when he sinned, but he didn't sit there in God's forgiveness wallowing about how bad he is, but he put it behind him and pressed on, "follow[ing] after" holiness, forgetting the past and striving daily to walk holy before God in all that he did:

Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul knew what God wanted regarding sanctification, as he exhorted the Thessalonians:

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification . . .

He also knew that sanctification was a mighty work of God that the believer was to cooperate with because Jesus was coming back for a holy Bride:

l Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord . . .

Ephesians 5:26 "That he might sanctify and cleanse it [the church] with the washing of water by the word 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

End of Part 6.

Introduction: Tribulation Preparation: Called To be Holy
Part 1: God Is Holy And His Purpose For Us Is Holiness
Part 2: God Works All Things To Make Us Holy
Part 3: God brings About Our Progressive Sanctification Through His Word
Part 4: The Holy Spirit Works For Our Sanctification
Part 5: God Chastens Us For Our Sanctification
Part 6: Our Working Out Sanctification In Christ Has An End
Part 7: Our Christian Life: It Begins And Ends With Holiness
Part 8: Being Made Holy (Like Him) When He Comes
Part 9: God Shall Judge The World In The Beauty Of His Holiness
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