What does the Bible say about holiness? What does it mean to be holy?


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In 1 Peter 1:13-16, Peter writes to believers, "Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Aurel Gheorghe
Becoming holy is the process that theologians calls sanctification. When we accept Jesus, we repent, confess and believe. When we do that God takes away our sins and we are counted as just. This is done instantly; It happens when we confess, repent and believe the promise of God. That's justification.

The second part of the spiritual journey is called sanctification or to became holy. Is the process that make us what Peter calls it "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation" (1 Peter 2:9). To sanctify means to set it apart for a sacred use. The sanctification and justification are part of the same package, you can't have one without the other. God not only forgives a man for lying or adultery, He offers victory over sin and stops a man from lying, or adultery. In Romans 6, Paul explain the process of becoming holy: "But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life." (Romans 6:22). 

In Romans 7:21-24, Paul explain the struggle of a justified person, but not yet sanctified. In the final verses he is telling us how he can escape his sinful carnal body: "Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:25). Here Paul is showing the battle that is taking place in his life after being convicted by God's law; he wanted to do good, but his sinful nature kept pulling him to sin. But then he became holy, and received a spiritual mind, through Jesus he was set free from the captivity of sin. He was delivered from the power of his fallen nature and sanctified by power of the Holy Spirit.

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