Holiness. It’s not a word you hear much today. Yet it is an integral part of God’s character, and He calls us to pursue it in our own lives.
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV) says, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”
Why does this matter? Much of the Old Testament focuses on the importance of obeying God’s commands, but the religious leaders in the New Testament were often criticized for their legalistic emphasis on the law. Jesus Himself focused much more on faith, grace, and forgiveness. So if we are all sinners saved by grace, where does personal holiness fit into God’s game plan? His Word gives us the simple but convicting answer.
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In 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV), the Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
Our pursuit of holiness is a reflection of the respect we have for God. And it gives us the opportunity to honor the paradigm shift He made in establishing us as temples. While people once went to buildings of brick and mortar to seek the presence of God, now we carry His presence with us.
Watch this brief video clip to discover how this truth can transform how we live.
To learn more about the importance of holiness, check out the series The Real God.
Founder & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Chip Ingram is the CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He is the author of many books, including The Real God, Culture Shock and The Real Heaven. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren and live in California.More Articles by Chip