Because God is holy, He requires for us to be holy as well (Lev. 20:7; 1 Cor. 3:17; 1 Pet. 1:15,16; 2:5). If indeed we are the children of the Most High, and we are His seed, then should we not bear a resemblance to our Heavenly Father? The problem of holiness within the body of believers is that holiness requires us to give ourselves completely to God and to subscribe to living lives that are wholly devoted to Him for His Kingdom purposes. The problem of holiness within the body of believers is that we must abstain from engaging in certain behaviors which would defile our bodies and our spirits as we have become the “temple of the Holy Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 6:19,20). The problem of holiness within the body of believers is that when we fail to follow after it, it tends to separate us from the presence of the Holy God. God WILL NOT reside in an unclean place.
God is so holy that the Hebrew writers used the term three times repeatedly in a superlative sense to demonstrate the enormity and weight of God’s holiness (Is. 6:1-7). Habbakuk also speaks to God’s holiness when he states,
“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity…” (1:13).
This, however, is a problem we all face on a daily basis because “…all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…” (Rom. 3:23). Imagine the scene in Heaven when we fall short as a result of sin within our lives. God cannot look upon us in the midst of our sinful state apart from being covered under the Blood of Jesus. It is the Blood that cleanses us and appeases God’s holy and righteousness nature and dispels His need to exact justice. Instead, as Jesus Christ advocates on our behalf when we confess our sin, God forgives us and cleanses us from ALL unrighteousness (1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Jn. 1:9;2:1).
This is the reason why we must daily submit ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He is the One Who transforms us from the inside out, but only after we present ourselves as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1,2). The problem of holiness is not within holiness itself…but within us…#thinkonthesethings