Holiness only through the Blood of the Lamb


We know that Without Holiness No One Will See The Lord. Since that is the case, it must be our goal to attain holiness, but what exactly is holiness? Holiness is the condition of being holy. Pastor Ray Pritchard wrote much about the meaning of holy. Holy, in its purest sense, “to be set apart.” Pastor Pritchard said, “A thing is holy if it is set apart for a special use”. This is of course in the context of God setting it apart not us. Pastor Pritchard went on to say “we can go a step farther and say that anything is “holy” that is “set apart” for God. Holiness is an attribute of God that he allows man, in part, to share only through Christ.

In Christ, man becomes set apart for holy use for God when He chooses to use you for His purposes. 1 Corinthians 1:28-30 tells us 28 “He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” Again, to be of holy use is to be in Christ or should I say to have Christ in you through the Spirit. A.W. Tozer said, “It is possible to have same truth in the mind without having the Spirit in the heart, but it is never possible to have the Spirit apart from truth.”

Tozer, in Knowledge of The Holy, goes on to say “God is holy with an absolute holiness that knows no degrees, and this He cannot impart to His creatures. But there is a relative and contingent holiness which He shares with angels and seraphim in heaven and with redeemed men on earth as their preparation for heaven. This holiness God can and does impart to His children. He shares it with them by imputation and by impartation, and because He has made it available to them through the blood of the Lamb, He requires it of them. To Israel first and later to His Church God spoke, saying, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” He did not say “Be ye as holy as I am holy,” for that would be to demand of us absolute holiness, something that belongs to God alone.”

Without the blood of the Lamb of God, holiness is unattainable and man is doomed in this state. As one covered by the blood of the Lamb, I must subscribe to God’s way of loving righteousness and abhorring sin. What does holiness look like in my everyday living? John 3 is a text that describes the new life, the one of righteousness and not sinfulness. John 3:30 tells us plainly. John says “He must increase, but I must decrease.” As I commit my thoughts, words and ways to God, I become more like God – a continual aspiration to god-like character is how were are sanctified. My complete holiness was achieved only through the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

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