Topic: Holiness

By: Mary Felde
From: February 2009
Found in: Sanctification

Text: Hebrews 10:10, 10:14

Introduction

Holiness is an important topic. Hebrews 12:14 speaks about holiness, saying “holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” There has, therefore, been much teaching about the need for holiness. The focus in this outline is how and when holiness is achieved.

A. You are holy!

1. Who makes you holy – you or God?
Hebr 2:11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified…

2. When and how does He make you holy?
Hebr 10:10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebr 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
It is only the blood of Jesus that can cleanse us totally. And this is done once for all. We become holy the moment we are born again.
Jesus’ blood is also continually cleansing us.

3. The Bible calls the born-again believers holy.
Phil 1:1, Col 1:2, Eph 1:4, Rom 11:16

B. What is holiness?

1. Being cleansed/pure
a. So cleansed/pure that you can be in His presence – the most Holy place.
Hebr 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.
We remember how strict this was in the Old Covenant when the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies by his own holiness (following all the rules of cleansing and offerings).
The blood of Jesus must have made a huge difference, since we now may boldly enter!

b. So cleansed/pure that God Himself, through the Holy Spirit, can live in you.
1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19, John 14:23, Col 1:27

The blood of Jesus must have done a perfect work cleansing us!
Illustration: Sometimes we have to clean the house ourselves before we move in. That is what God did with His new house – you!

The Holy Spirit doesn’t move in and out. He has come to stay forever. John 14:16.

2. Set aside for His use
We are all set aside for His use.
It’s not “us working for Him,” but He working through us!

C. You ARE holy, therefore, LIVE as holy

1. Notice the order!
We don’t live holy to become holy, but because we are holy already.

2. Know who you are.
The Apostle Paul often encouraged people to live holy and right based on the fact that they had already become new creations and that God had already moved inside of them. (E.g. 1 Cor 6:12-20.)

3. The Holy one lives in and through you.
He produces in you the right lifestyle.
As you yield to Him, His life will be increasingly formed in you.
Col 1:27, Gal 2:20, Phil 2:13, Gal 4:19

D. The Church / the Body of Christ is holy, too

1. The whole Body is holy. 
Rom 11:16

2. Jesus sanctified the Church when He gave Himself for the Church. Eph 5:25-27

Conclusion:

Grow in the awareness of what God has already done with you. He has already made you holy, and then He moved inside of you to help you live accordingly - not in your own strength, but Christ in you. Righteousness is you in Christ; sanctification is Christ in you.

You are already made holy. Therefore, live as holy.

By: Mary Felde

Mary Felde serves as both principal and Bible teacher at WIM’s Bible College, East Africa

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