Exodus 28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

In this verse from Exodus, we have an excellent type of our High Priest, our Lord Jesus Christ: "holy . . . for glory and for beauty." The holy garments are a type of Him in His perfect holiness. It is through His absolute holiness that His glory perfectly shines and He is seen in all His beauty. Attempting to describe Him is difficult, but He is absolute holiness, absolutely radiant with glory shining through His holy nature, and thus beautiful in holiness and glory. Thus David could cry out,

Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Psalm 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

In light of all that the phrase, "the beauty of His holiness," reveals to us about our God, it is astounding that God has a plan for us as described in Romans 8:

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.

No wonder John could say,

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.

Think on these words: "When he shall appear, we shall be like him . . . . And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." The words "purifieth" here means:

PURIFIETH - 48. hagnizo, hag-nid'-zo; from G53; to make clean, i.e. (fig.) sanctify (cer. or mor.):--purity (self).

At this point, let it be sufficient to say that the Christian is to sanctify himself through the working of God by His word and His Spirit. He is to be conformed to His image and likeness now (His holy character) that when He comes, His glory may be manifested through us when we and the world see Him. Important here are the words, "when He appears." That means when He appears visibly, bodily, in the sky at the end of Daniel's 70th week.

This is the exact opposite of what is being experienced in the "revival." Many have wrongly stated that the Church is being purified now and manifesting the visible glory of God in proportion to that perfection. This is part of the doctrine of "sinless perfection." Yet, Scripture says we have our old nature with us right up to the time we die. They, however, believe in the ERADICATION of the sinful nature through sanctification, yet Scripture says we are to cleanse ourselves of our sinful WAYS, not our sinful nature. This means we are to die to ourselves daily and walk in the holiness He works in us in spite of our sinful nature. It means to yield our members to those things which are pure and holy and not to the sinful nature still present with us. The supposed result of what is taught within the "revival" is that when the Church reaches a state of sinless perfection, Christ will fully manifest His glory through the Church without His visible presence. But, we believe we will not manifest His glory until the time when He visibly, bodily returns as the Scriptures say. We are to work with God to sanctify ourselves, but we cannot manifest the glory of God until He changes us at His coming:

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
4:1 Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

The apostate Church of today preaches the glory of God, it calls the Church to manifest the glory of God, it lusts for the glory of God, yet there is what seems like an absolute silence of what comes before God manifests His glory in His body: Holiness. If as much right attention was given to God's desire for us to be holy and treating His word as holy, we wouldn't have a "revival" nor would we need reviving. If we did our duty toward God's call to holiness on a daily basis as is expected by the Lord, revival would be an unnecessary thing. Hosea was right: God's people perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6-7).

End of Part 8.

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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