I’ve talked on a theme for the last few days, and yesterday we did a reality check, just in case you were fooling yourself about your salvation. Today, let’s examine a simple concept.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:13-16 (KJV)
What is Holiness? We understand Holiness to be the opposite of sin. I wanted to make sure I reminded everyone of what the Gospel was, so that we could get the right mindset.
You were unsaved, now you’re saved. You were in the world, doing worldly things. You’re now… in the world, doing worldly things. It doesn’t take a Philip Dean article to tell you that this is not the way God wants it.
The word Holy comes from the Greek ἅγιος Hagios. The Hebrew is Kadash. I don’t know why Strongs wants you to compare Hagios with the Hebrbew Chag, which means feast day or festival. It should be pointing you to Qadash. Qadash (or Qodesh, in its most common tense) means to sanctify, to set apart for Holy Use.
If you have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, and asked the Lord to forgive you and wipe away your sins – you are now Qodesh, set apart for Holy Use. These are the same words as are used in the Bible for the instruments of the Temple. You are a tool, set apart.
Ahh, so this is why the Bible goes into such detail about the tabernacle and its furnishings! It’s giving examples about you. Suddenly Leviticus and Numbers aren’t quite so boring! When the Bible goes into such details as the High Priest’s outfit, and your mind is spinning about Ribbands of blue and bells tied every third knot and clean linen garments… you’re understanding suddenly that God cares about YOU. HE spent so much time discussing the High Priest’s uniform because it was a type of YOU. Because He cares that much about YOU.
Other religions call upon you to do this and that so that ye may be saved… the Bible calls on you to do this and that (and more importantly, not to do this and that) because you are saved. It’s interesting to me that other religions and cults can demand hours of your time, and you do it… but God demands nothing, but encourages you to do some things and not the others – and you rebel!
I’m including all saved, blood washed Christians in that you, by the way. We’re all sinners saved by grace. And Romans makes it clear that even Paul struggled with his old nature.
Don’t you get it? This is the main event! You’re in a daily battle with your old nature! This is no time for surrender!!!
“not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance…”
You’re not ignorant any longer. You know better. If you want rewards in heaven, if you want ot hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”, you’ve got to at least resist sin once! The Bible says some will be raised to face shame. Why? You didn’t do anything to earn rewards! Yes, the Bible says there’s prizes for showing up. I disagree with Marc Monte on this issue, as the Sermon on the Mount makes it clear that God wants to reward us, just for coming to Christ. Remember how the prodigal son was given a robe and rings?
But we are unworthy servants. We don’t do what is asked of us, and we do what we’re told not to.
Well, today, I’m trying to awaken you to this, and get you focused on the proper approach. In other words, I want to see you get rewards!
I won’t take it badly at ALL if you get rewards and crowns I don’t get! I’m the chiefest of sinners, an unworthy broken vessel. I want to see YOU do well!
So lets start by this- withdraw from the world. withdraw from your old nature.
As you start reading through the Old Testament, you’ll see that Abram was called upon to leave Ur, which was a pretty nice area in a pretty nice kingdom. Abram had it made, if he’d chosen. His own father went with him, along with his wife… but Abram’s father Terah was too enamoured of this world, and so would not leave it. He’s the example of the worldly Christian, not willing to forsake any, let alone all.
He showed up, that was all. His rewards? He lived in a nice place. Abram had it rough, constantly having to travel, even fight in wars! Abram spent his life in fear of people taking his wife away, a very real fear in those days. His faith in God was great in that he endured hardships as a result of trusting in God, and his faith waivered very little.
As opposed to Philip Dean, who imagines God has abandoned him whenever his coffee is watery and cold.
Be Ye Holy. Be ye Set apart for Holy use.
Set apart from what? The World. The Jewish people were given over 600 commandments to keep, that made them completely foreign to all the nations around them. They wore different clothes, abstained from work once a week, ate different foods, would not even touch some animals and things, and avoided all the customs of the world around them.
That’s a hint. That’s an example. Should you keep the Sabbath and keep Kosher? Nope. That’s missing the point. The point is to completely withdraw from everything the world is doing, especially today.
The World listens to music extolling every sinful behaviour it can think of, and writes songs about man, or evil things. Christians listen to music that extolls God.
the World watches TV programs and movies about mankind, sinful things, and evil. Christians if they watch movies or videos, should most definitely be watching things about God, the Bible, Jesus Christ… and not Hollywood’s changed and sanitized (or corrupted) versions.
The world favors immodest clothing. Christians should favor modest clothing.
The world drinks alcohol to excess, sometimes even dying form it. Christians should avoid it.
The world favors drugs, and wants them legalized. Christians should avoid them.
The world looks ot itself for its standard of conduct. The Christian should look to God and the Bible.
The question you need to ask is… am I abstaining from the world? Or am I barely any different from everyone else?