Jehovah or God as you wish to call it is as we all know the purest spirit and owner of the creation of the entire world, he invites us to practice his laws shown to Moses, so that we as his people comply with them and thus be holy men and women . In this article we will talk about Holiness to Jehovah that we must practice.
For some people there may be some confusion when entering the subject of holiness without knowing for sure what it is. It could be that two people write about it and do it differently. If we go to what the Dictionary says exactly, the word or the term Holiness comes from the word “Holy” and this is related to “purity”, “separation” or “depart” from a certain situation.
In the first letter of the Apostle Peter it is determined: “But since the one who made the call is holy, you also be holy in all your way of life, since it is written: Be holy, because I am holy. “Without us being able to doubt it in any way, Peter is referring to the beautiful verse of the book Leviticus 20.26, which calls us directly to be saints and thus achieve total holiness.
In the book of Leviticus, the following is established: “You must therefore be holy to me, because I, the Lord your God, am holy, and I have set you apart from the peoples to be mine” (Leviticus 20.26). In relation to the verse we can ask ourselves: How is God “pure”? In what way is he “separate”? In this respect the two opinions can be converted into a single ideology: which means that purity is total separation from impurity.
Likewise, the term “separation” is about pure, something foreign, that is, they do not mix with each other. The figure of God radiates only love, and he always lets us know that it is not mixed with selfishness or other negative feelings. God is only Truth, purity which means that it is not on a par with hypocrisy.
devoted to spirituality
The form or manner in which God was close to the physical or carnal part happened when he became a man and walked for 33 years with this image of a man. And even so, living with all men and close to the sin of humanity, he never infected his holiness.
During all the time Jesus was in the world without being part of it. As we all know he was tempted many times but he never committed sin nor was he carried away by it.
The closest God was to the carnal and physical was when he took the form of the man Jesus and walked for 33 years as a man. Still, he did not infect his holiness. He was in the world without being part of it. He was tempted in everything, but without sinning. Regarding this, we can see that Jesus always calls us to be like him, to follow in his footsteps and his path; he himself has told us:
“Because I have given you an example, so that as I have done, you will do the same”. As is known by most when Jesus was in the world he walked everywhere and never served the temptations of the flesh even for a single moment.
All this can be summed up in a single word “holiness”: it is traveling along a path where there is a bad society, contaminated by temptations and demonic experiences, but which is never pleased.
Placing the call to work
If we look at Jesus’ own words, we will see that he calls us: “Be holy because I am holy.” Without a doubt, he calls us to be saints. We also see this in the Bible in Hebrews 12:14, which states: Pursue peace with all, and holiness, since without it no one will see God.
It is not difficult for anyone to understand that what the teaching is trying to tell us is that if we are not holy, we have no option to relate to God, since he is totally holy. God’s nature is to be holy and so it is and always will be. For this reason, his holiness cannot be affected by something that is contaminated or impure.
Only the only thing that can be close to the holiness of God has to be consecrated totally and on a spiritual level, since something that is not consecrated or spiritually contaminated cannot be in contact with it. If we want to walk with him, we must be sanctified.
Humanity by nature is just the opposite. All the time we try to have eye-pleasing experiences with our own beauty, or in a way that we give pleasure to the body in a way that satisfies our ego.
So when we try to be fully reconciled with God, we find ourselves affecting situations that go against his nature. God’s is total purity and being far from the carnal, and humanity’s is completely linked to selfishness. For this reason, Jesus said: “Whoever is not born again will not have the joy of seeing the kingdom of God.”
The law of anointing oil
There are the laws of the Old Testament which are called spiritual laws, and they grant us laws of the Kingdom of God in shadows and terms. These laws were given for the guidance of the Jewish people of ancient times. However, in terms of the spiritual, they are usually shadows of the future: which are provided with the Kingdom of God that is spiritual, eternal and invisible. Like the effects that the wind has, the Kingdom of God also creates obvious fruits, however the force that makes it is not visible.
Next we want to expose what was investigated regarding the Mosaic law, which we determined as follows:
In the book of Exodus 30:22-33, the Holy Spirit, who is our anointing, is determined and prophesied with absolute clarity. Regarding this we will treat some verses regarding certain laws about it, namely:
Verse number 30: The priests: regarding this the high priest and those of less authority; they had to give their services in the temple. In this same way it happens in the Kingdom of God, with the purpose of ministering effectively to humanity, for this the divine anointing is required.
Verse 32: The oil had the characteristic of being unique. Without a doubt, there is no one like the Holy Spirit.
Verse 33: In this regard, trying to be like him is a very serious sin. We can never imitate a truly anointed message, meeting, or consolation.
In this regard we can take advantage of the so-called shadows of the law. However, what we must keep in mind is verse 32: oil “cannot” anoint meat.
And we must also keep in mind that God “cannot” anoint carnal hearts and actions. This is against the law, since the oil is holy and cannot be mixed with meat, nor with the person or action inspired by carnal vanity. We insist that the oil has the characteristic of being holy and the way we can receive it is that we are also holy.
the law of the house
In the Bible, mainly in Ezekiel 43, we see that God’s plan for the Church is through a vision of the city and the temple. As for verse 12 we find the “law of the house”, and since all Christians are the house of God himself, this law belongs to us. “…the entire enclosure, everything around it will be MOST HOLY”.
How does this apply in the life of each of us? Can we think that only the inner sanctuary should be holy, and the outer has no importance: as ignorant people maintain, “What matters is only the heart?”.
According to what is established by the “law of the house”, it will not only be the interior and exterior sanctuary that will be consecrated, but also the entire enclosure and everything that composes it, so everything will be most holy. We must fully realize that it is not only holy, but “Most Holy”. A wise advice to the reader is that Holiness to the Lord cannot be optional! either one is holy in every aspect of life or we will not be an integral part of the Church.
Pentecost the oil floods the house
This phrase that is mentioned above does not appear in the Bible as such, however it is what happened in Acts 2. And it determines in this regard that for the oil to flow, the container must be detached from the carnal, and must be totally devoted to the spiritual.
Likewise in Acts 1:14 we can observe that some were kept in a consistent way with prayers and requests. In the chapter that follows, we can observe that “they were all with one accord together,” thereby showing us that together they were ready to receive the oil. However, we can ask: could this consecration be considered perfect, without it having more faults? The answer is undoubtedly no.
However, we do not find Pedro at the time of fishing in order to earn more drachmas, for the decoration of the boat; Juan was also not at the art festival. Andrés was also not at the local university applying for a doctorate. They all only had their hearts and their lives devoted to the Kingdom of God in an absolute way…and that is how the oil fell.
After receiving the rebirth from heaven, we can see in the Bible in Acts 2:46, that they continued with their same way of acting. What is required is the key word which is “singleness of heart.”
This word or phrase is indicative of a single spiritual purpose. Purity: separation to something specific. The spiritual. Simple heart: literally means that it has “a single purpose”, that of serving only God.
If the heart of man has two desires within itself at the same time, even though the second encompasses only 1%, it is not considered a simple heart. Since within the true simple heart, each kilogram of strength, will and desire, will have an occupation in the “one necessary thing”, we see this in Luke 10.42. The rest is not so important to them.
Regarding the above narrated, we sometimes see Christians receiving the anointing in a sanctified position. Without fear of doubt the same divine fire purged their souls in greater quantity. Going to God without an effort or having a forced attitude of “singleness of heart” does not have any kind of value; since the oil cannot be poured on the meat.
The house must be most holy. This does not mean that we are totally perfect and pure to come to Christ. But if our desires and purposes must be in an attitude of repentance, with a fervent desire to achieve the Holiness of God.
And recognizing that we have feelings of selfishness and God is not. However, if we go to God with a heart without simplicity, and that he still feels temporary intentions of life, he will ensure that the oil is not spilled; since as we have said several times the oil will not be spilled on the meat.
The fruits of the oil
At this point we are going to illustrate some of the fruits of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts 2:41-47, which states:
- Cling to the body of Christ: Everyone who is born of God will have the need and hunger to join the church (Verse 41).
- Prayer: the fellowship we have with God becomes very beautiful. (Verse 42).
- Having fear of God: this deals with the sense of deep respect for God when we understand who he is and who we are. (Verse 43).
- All things in common: it is about sharing material goods with each other. (Verses 44).
- It is about a single goal pursued by all: the common welfare (Verses 44-45).
- Praise God in a natural and cordial way (Verse 47).
We must ask ourselves, what is missing from the aforementioned list, if we take into account the popular thoughts of today? The gathering of the youth with a football game and chips, a Christian music festival, the sale of cookies for the construction of a temple, etc. Why are these activities not in the New Testament?
We can also ask ourselves another question: why is there no anointing in popular cults of the church today? The answer answers both questions: and it is because the holy oil, as we have already said on several occasions, is not allowed to be spilled on the carnal. Holiness is about separation; totally depart from carnal desires and self-glorification of self.
A question that arises between individuals and churches when we talk about the way we have done: What could be wrong with it? Such statements will lead us to the following.
What meaning does the above have in practical terms?
If we make our own guesses and settling on the flesh and desires, one’s own life cannot be anointed. We could try to dream that yes, do readings of other anointed people, attend a church with the presence of the Holy Spirit; however, we will not bear the sweet smell of the only oil. And consequently, our life will continue to leave perfume behind our path to death.
Holiness and morality
As for the term “Morality” is given to explain the relationships of human beings between each other. This is summed up in the “Golden Rule”: do to others as you want them to do to you. Some churches and even individuals have shared this comfortable stagnation; the sense of moral conformity rather than conformity to holiness.
Morality refers to the behavior or attitude towards other human beings or our neighbor, however, unlike holiness, it deals with our attitude and behavior directly with God. Some people live a more unholy moral life, an excursion does not affect someone’s rights, it is just “innocent fun”.
In this case as regards morality it affirmatively passes the test. As for holiness, he is totally disapproved. The same thing happens in sports. What is wrong with soccer for adults?
As for this, this sport does not hurt anyone, it is usually much less harmful than drinking a beer. However, when it comes to Holiness, the sports that adults share become one of the carnal desires without eternal value.
As an example of this we can say that the rich young man is a particular case of living honesty over morals, however he tends to forget his own holiness. What a man could become a leading man as far as many churches today. He would not smoke, he would not drink too much, he would not commit theft, nor would he go to centers such as brothels. Rich men would have lived thus “from the time of their youth,”
These must have known the Mosaic law and respected it. But of good morals, they did not walk in holiness: since they loved money. So he was moved on himself. Even some men have this attitude: when they are young they repent of some sins of a “morally harmful” nature. However, and sadly, they do not access the holy life, which translates as “non-anointing”.
Holiness is about something deeper than morality. It is true that morality is necessary for us to approach and relate to God, but morality alone will not suffice. Even morality may be a secondary type requirement; since holiness is the predecessor of real morality.
the greatest commandment
When we apply ourselves with all effort in a single way; How much force will be left over for another activity? Of course the answer will be: none. However, if we put all our effort, purpose, desire and our aspirations into loving God (this translates into the most important commandment that exists); we will not have one more drop of strength left for another activity. Due to the intensity of our heart’s love for God, it makes us holy and remote for the Kingdom of God.
Jesus gave teachings on the first commandment and emphasized that we must be holy. The second, as is well known by all, “love your neighbor”; is the result of the first. However we must say that it does not work in the opposite way. Some churches remain moral (which is not usually bad), but fail to achieve Holiness, love for God; this is stated in Matthew 22:37-38.
There are some personal testimonials about these dilemmas. One of them is a person who grew up as a moral person. He shared “innocent pleasures and entertainments.” He practiced hunting, fishing, doing sports, all without harming anyone with it.
However, this person delved into the Biblical texts and began to share thoughts on: if I can spend a lot of money on a rifle that is not necessary, and I do it only for pleasure, why should I condemn the man when he buys bills? lottery?.
If it gives him pleasure, and such a person can bear the cost, why condemn him? This thought is totally correct. If a week of hunting activity is innocent, so is a weekly trip to the city of Las Vegas, which as we all know is an orange blossom gambling site located in Nevada, in the United States.
Likewise, the man who buys marijuana for the purpose of getting high at home, without affecting others, would be innocent. Regarding this we can then determine that sports, swimming, hunting, billiards, smoking marijuana, television; they are all in rank before the holy God, even though none of them are considered immoral to worldlings.
There is then no difference between smoking marijuana and playing football in relation to the eternal. These two activities do not usually contribute anything useful to the spiritual life. This is the absolute truth. When people come to understand this, stop harmful activities such as hunting, music, sports and start serially seeking the kingdom of God; You will be able to experience how the oil falls on your life.
This word is frequently used in the Holy Scriptures. In Ezekiel 22:26 and 44:23 we can find a representation that is helpful in defining the term unclean. Such verses state: “Between the holy and the profane…between the clean and the unclean.”
Upon further study we see more to this word, however for now we will only treat cleanliness as one hundred percent pure consecration as far as the spiritual.
Holiness is about one hundred percent dedication of the heart to God. Purity is also about not having any amount of internal selfishness in our spirit. In this case we can see that Holiness to God is much more important than we imagine.
This term of filth is named among “the works of the flesh”; all of this is found in Galatians 5:19. Likewise in Ephesians 5:3 and Colossians 3:5 it is placed on a par with serious sins such as fornication.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:7 it is stated: “For God has not called us to uncleanness, but rather to sanctification.” In all the laws we find mentions about filth. Here we will mention a few:
Isaiah 35:8: The Path of Holiness
In the wonderful prophecy of Isaiah we are shown the coming of the Kingdom of God and the redemption of mankind. How beautiful it is to observe the promises and prophecies and see how they are fulfilled in the Church through the centuries.
However, we must say that such promises are conditional and one of them is that “he shall not pass unclean through him.” Those who live giving or indulging selfishness, “cannot” go God’s way or enter his Kingdom; Holiness and the Kingdom of God are inseparable.
Leviticus and Holiness to Jehovah
This book was written by Moses himself and is part of the Pentateuch, all of which refers to the first five books of the Bible, written as we have already said by Moses. It is considered the great book on worship, and at its beginning the Hebrew word “va-yick-rah” is determined, which means: “And called”.
God no longer makes the call from Mount Sinai but does it directly to his people so that they meet with him in the tabernacle and teaches them how they should go and how to walk with him. This can be considered a great message for the church. The true meaning of the word “church”, (the “ekklessia”), is “the called out ones”. This is that those who have believed will be called out.
In those times, God spoke from the tabernacle asking them to come closer to Him. Today He does the same and points out to us in John 10:27: “My sheep listen to my voice…”. As narrated, the book has a great and powerful message for all of humanity today.
Leviticus is also known as the book of worship. In it the parties, ceremonies, sacrifices, liturgies, instructions, reprimands, calls, washings, among others, are gathered, but all are stored in this great Book. All the physical exercises that are given for the purpose of teaching spiritual realities are in it.
We also see in the first letter of the Apostle Paul, in Corinthians, chapter 10, verse 11: “And these things happened to them as an example, and they are described to admonish us all, to whom the ends of the ages have come”. Likewise, in the same chapter 10 of the first Corinthians, verse 6, it is stated: “But these things happened as examples for us all”.
Likewise, in the letter to the Romans, chapter 15, verse 4, he points out: “For the things that were written in advance were written for our knowledge, with the purpose that through patience and the consolation of the Scriptures, we may enjoy of hope”.
We can also say that the book of Leviticus contains a series of interesting ordinances for humanity in modern times, since it shows us Christ in a very wonderful way. Tyndale, in his “Foreword to the Third Book of Moses,” argued:
“Although the sacrifices and ceremonies cannot be considered the basis or foundation for the construction, that is, even though we have no way of verifying anything through this type of situation, nevertheless when we find Christ and his mysteries.
We can at this moment borrow the figures, or rather the similarities, examples that bear the revelation of Christ and the secrets of God the Father, and thus we will see them more clearly and vividly and declare them in a vivid and perceptible way with all the words from this world”.
The principle that basically motivates the book of Leviticus is “holiness to the Lord.” Leviticus illustrates and teaches us that the only way to God is through sacrifice. The term or word “atonement” appears in the book forty-five times. This atoning term means “to cover up.”
It is illogical to think that the blood of bulls and goats would certainly remove sin. However, he covered it up until the moment of the coming of Jesus Christ arrived, to take away all the sins of the world.
The Apostle Paul refers to this in his letter to the Romans, chapter 3, verse 25, when he says: “Whom God appointed as a propitiation through faith in his blood, to manifest his righteousness, because he had passed overlooked, in his patience, past sins.”
Jerusalem the city of God
In another part of the Bible, such as Isaiah 52, we find more prophecies of the gospel and redemption. Jerusalem says that she will be delivered from those who oppress her. In the same way, the promise that is determined in the first verse, about being cleansed inside, is important. No one who is unclean or who is against the pure will enter it. As we can see, these two words refer to the distance existing in the world.
In the same way, Revelation 21:27 establishes that in the city of God, that is, the church; “Nothing unclean or polluted can enter.” As we have seen in what was narrated above. Holiness cannot be optional!
separation from the world
There is a term or word that becomes very common but is not correctly interpreted as “the world”. Many times some people imagine that “the world” refers to the lost.
Likewise, the term or word is associated with the desires of the flesh. All humans are an integral part of the world due to being born in the flesh. In another part of the Bible, specifically in 1 John 2:16, we are taught that the world is and determines: “the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life.”
According to the above, it is necessary to recognize that we are all participants in them. Likewise our thinking about the mundane in terms of satisfying what the eye sees and the simple motive of giving pleasure to the body. If we allow such desires to dominate us, it will make us unclean and consequently we will be unable to access the heavenly Jerusalem, which is the capital of the Kingdom of God.
Plainly speaking, filth is about not being consecrated to God because we allow our own self-centered desires to affect our daily decisions. Many times we can fail in our walk towards holiness, for example if we eat beans, knowing that we have already eaten enough sweets.
The above means that our tongue wants the sweet; but our body requires the iron that beans provide. So we see in this minority example the need to make a decision when we are confronted with the desire to taste the sweet and the fulfillment of God’s will.
Many times we can hear preaching that is not very relevant, so the situation that we have mentioned above can lead us to make a huge mistake, which establishes that all pleasure is a sin. This is not so, pleasure is not considered a sin; what is sin is going for it and satisfying the desires that are coupled with selfishness.
Sometimes the making of our decisions causes us pleasure but without being totally separated from God, an example of this is sitting in a chair instead of standing, such a decision to take a seat to see the sunset later to a day that has been hectic or difficult. If the fulfillment of God’s will is found in us, pleasure will come. However, a person who does not make essential decisions in search of pleasure and selfishness.
When our attitude is based on practicing and doing what is good, what is pleasing before God, we strengthen the pleasure of, for example, smelling a flower; We will see it as a gift from God himself and we will exclaim Glory to God! However, if we go to jail for obeying God, we still comply as if we were in a flowery place.
Asceticism tries to explain that pleasure is sin. That is why when we observe a flower, it is good to look at the opposite side. If they give us a comfortable mattress to rest on, we have to look for a board with sharp nails.
We must be clear that fasting and denying the body is usually beneficial, however in the same way we can receive graces through the hand of God from time to time. What is meant is that the error about asceticism tries to missee what brings taste to the body in relation to any moment or situation.
Do not serve the desires of the flesh
There is a situation that we can say is different in terms of selfishly seeking pleasure and receiving what life offers us, and distinguishes between what is necessary and what is desire. As everyone knows, the body needs both rest and food, and we ourselves are the ones who must take care of our bodies.
In relation to the above, we can ask ourselves the following question: Why do people not skimp on buying magnesium rings for the car when they need it? We must also ask ourselves: Why do some women paint themselves, put on ornaments and even wear clothes with lace, gold and low-cut garments?
Why do people become gluttonous?; Why is laziness at work believed to be a sin? We also wonder why fornication is not considered a great temptation?
The answer to all this is that they are all about the desires of the flesh in order for us to feel good and comfortable and also the desires of the eye in order for us to observe pleasant situations, but which are not usually necessary.
When we are affected by the desire of the ego, this makes people boast of life. For this reason, activities such as dominating others take place; listening to music at all times, they also want others to recognize our virtues or achievements, they try to have a doctorate.
Similarly, God calls us to dedicate ourselves to him and his kingdom. We are also called to take care of our own body, just as we take care of a tool in order for it to achieve its function and purpose.
Some people share activities that are pleasurable such as eating, being in a place outdoors, since this encourages the singing of praises to God. However, human beings are always seeking to satisfy carnal desires, this is considered sin.
The madness of the cross
Man by his nature does not like the holy life or tends to reject it. He is able to grant respect to people of good morals, however the saints will be presented to him as crazy. All of this happens that way since holiness directly touches the ego of people. He wants to say that it is okay with the natural man to grant fidelity to his wife, however giving himself over to prayer he sees as too much.
Giving up drinking or getting drunk is accepted as a positive step in life, however leaving shiny shirts and luxury suits for more humble ones is not. The mind that is imbued with the carnal finds it stupid to walk the path of holiness.
This is due to the cessation of the persecution of Christianity today. In the same way to certain people in the world, it is crazy and they reproach a church of a holy type, however they welcome moral churches with total pleasure.
In this way, the message of God becomes a truth to the man who is holy, both his eyes, flesh and even his own ego, daily call for gratitude, however the holy man eliminates his petitions. As for food situations and carnal desires, what they do is kill them. The man who practices holiness walks only with the intention of pleasing God and his neighbor, not for himself.
Jesus at all times taught us that we must practice respect, all those who followed him tried to make him king, but as he delved deeper, he began to teach about holiness, and then they crowned him, but with thorns. In this same way it can happen to any person or church and individual who practices holiness.
Holiness and the cross can never be disjoined, since man asks to be pleased. Without the existence of a cross that leads to killing him on a daily basis, he will dominate us and in this way we will lose sanctity.
give up everything
As for this message about the cross and the message Jesus shows us in Luke 14:33; it contains three words that are key:
“Everything”: this simple word is entrenched within the message of holiness. The same thing happens in the first commandment in which the same situation is observed: “with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
“Renunciation”: in the Greek language this verb is apotasomai, which means “to say goodbye, to depart, to forget. A “final goodbye” means that something is left behind, with no intention of returning, unlike God’s will being contrary to it. In this way we see a total abandonment of the totality of what we are and have; likewise we put every effort and need to love God.
This is holiness. In an unfavorable way, the verse has been explained to the reader in the following way: “you don’t have to do it literally, but only be willing to fulfill it”. Let’s detail these words: does it say “he who is not willing to renounce…” or “who does not renounce all of what he possesses? Many say: I am ready! However, when it comes to reality, they don’t.
According to the aforementioned, the churches are affected, without being able to overcome. Some of our goods or belongings become burdens on the way to heaven, God gives us the order that we must get rid of them if we were able to hear the call in order to fulfill it. If we do not do so, we cannot be disciples.
Does this mean that we must give up our family and our home? Well yes, if we want to be disciples we must say goodbye to some special situations without wanting to return, unlike God himself ordering us to do so. It may be that sometimes God will ask us to stay but sometimes not.
The carnal man is afraid to do so. We recommend the reader to reread the verse again. God, what he will seek is to anoint us with his oil, at the moment in which we give up what we possess. This will lead us to the next point.
“cannot”: if it is the case that we do not renounce everything, it will be impossible for us to be disciples of Jesus. The Bible shows us that he will not give up and will become a miserable or second-class disciple. The truth is that such a person cannot be a disciple of Christ.
Let’s change the rules
Most people revolve their lives around a rule or norm, consciously or unconsciously and it is: “Everything is good for my life, unless God has other plans for me.” However, we can challenge them to stick to another rule for a moment: “I do nothing in my life, unless God makes it clear to me that I do so.”
In this way we can eliminate the so-called “innocent things.” If the church lived these practices in this way, it would become a direct blow to the devil. However, we must be practical. Perhaps some people are tired of rules that do not lead to practice. Principles are not sublime things, however, if such a principle does not lead us into practice, it will only become pure theory.
Holiness must be on a par with our daily lives, in every possible way. There are other verses that use the word “everything” or “nothing”, and among these we have:
“…let us do “everything” for the glory of God”. This is established in 1 Corinthians 10:31.
“…do it “everything” in the mighty Name of God, giving thanks to God the Father…”. Similarly this is established in Colossians 3:17.
“Refrain from “every” kind of evil.” Established in 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
“It is good not to eat meat, or drink wine, or “anything” with which our brothers collide, offend or weaken.” This is found in Romans 14:21.
“Fornication and ‘all uncleanness’, covetousness, let it not be named among you as is fitting for the saints.” Ephesians 5:3. With these verses imprinted in our minds, we should practice holy living in all aspects of it.
At this point in the topic we have to start considering the mouth. The mouth that is holy will never allow anything to come out or enter it, other than to praise God and glorify him. We must understand in all ways that gluttony is sin since eating is an act that focuses on the self, not maintaining the health of the body.
So when we eat we should consider the glory of God, not just the pleasure of savoring what we want. Likewise gluttony is a sin that is infrequently provided for in church discipline. These will be able to receive ten gluttonous people, while the smoker is rejected. However, we must keep in mind that smoking and eating just for pleasure become both vices that go hand in hand.
In relation to the topic of what comes out of the mouth, we find the way of speaking in a profane way. The words that go against honesty, nonsense, truantry should not be used by Christians in any way, they should not even name them. Why?. The answer to this is that such attitudes do not edify a man spiritually at all, but rather distract the carnal.
Within the entire biblical text we do not find anything that God says is a joke. He is holy and set apart spiritually. We must have as a guideline not to mention anything unless the Holy Spirit himself makes us say so. When we meditate on this we must think about the amount of profane gossip of humanity, the talk in a way contaminated with the self.
In the next point we will see what it is about having holy eyes. This tries to make us see that in the spiritual man what prevails is the look at what builds him, and many times we see the unexpected or we run into it. Of course, holiness eliminates pornography and people who practice dishonesty in every way. However, having holy eyes magnifies all that.
For many people the desire of the eyes was about what we touched on in the paragraph already mentioned above. However, if we study it further we will see that pornography is about more than a carnal desire than the eyes themselves.
The real problem that affects man in a radical way is the use of the senses in order to have bodily experiences or to glorify one’s own self. And, except that God himself leads us to a total change of our hearts through grace, we are always in search of such experiences.
The desire of the eye that John refers to in the first letter where he describes worldliness is about seeking to please the eye with pleasure. The world is saturated with this, since most people are not converts. However, as an example we see that they are based on adornments of their clothes, having cars, exaggerated houses, this does abound in them, but only to please the eye.
Ears that practice and are holy should not listen to the profane for purposes. We will first think about music since it is a very strong medium. Only a violin has caused man feelings and the need to cry. Stores play soft music to encourage people to buy more. A strong rhythm induces sexual desires. That is why music is not considered an innocent game.
Due to this, the church before, did not use musical instruments at the beginning of it, nor did they use them in public services or at home. All this in spite of the society that lived around it and the Jewish customs were against it. Why? In relation to the above, we will present some quotes from the early church, namely:
Gatherings of a pagan nature are usually abhorrent. Since there are very exaggerated foods and some flutes that produce lascivious movements. This opinion is held by Justin Martyr (160 AD).
As for this type of person, the Holy Spirit tells us: “They drink wine to the music of zithers, tambourines, lyres and flutes, but they neither observe the wonderful works of God, nor contemplate the works created by his hands”. Supported by Irenaeus 180 AD
People who are busy playing flutes and psaltery; or in choirs, dances, applauding and also in other situations that are not in order, they become indecent. This held by Clement of Alexandria (195 AD)
Likewise, Clement of Alexandria himself maintains that those who play flutes engage in acts of idolatry.
In this type of festivals and cults of a divine nature, the Holy Spirit himself sings: “Praise him with the sound of the horn;” for with such a sound he will raise the dead. Praise him with the psaltery;” since the language is the psaltery of God. Let us praise him with harp. The harp means the mouth that is touched by the Spirit itself.
“Let us praise him with tambourine and dance, this refers to the church that meditates on the resurrection of the dead, finding herself in the noisy skin. “Praise Him with strings and flute.” The body is called “flute”, and the nerves are considered the strings, through which the body receives tensions of a harmonious type.
When touched by the Spirit, human voices are given. “Praise him with resounding cymbals.” He calls the tongue the cymbal of the mouth, which makes it bend with the movement of the lips. Regarding this, Jesus made a call to mankind. “Let all that breathe praise the Lord,” he just wants his entire creation to be under his care and breathe from him.
Man is considered a peaceful instrument, however the other instruments, if we investigate, become warlike, all of which provokes greed, concupiscence and also scandalous anger. Today people only use the only instrument of peace, it is the word through which we honor God.
Nowadays the psaltery, the trumpet, the flute are no longer used, since those who practice war are united with all of them in their choirs and festivities. So if we feel the need to sing accompanied by one of these instruments, there is no guilt. It is only about imitating the just Hebrew king in the attitude of gratitude to God the Father.
“Rejoice, you righteous ones, in Jehovah; Praise is beautiful in the upright” this is determined by the prophecy. “Let us confess to Jehovah with a harp; Let us sing to him with psaltery and decacord. Let us sing to him with a new song.” Clement of Alexandria (195 AD).
Satan makes temptations before the eyes by means of seductive images and pleasures which are easily given in sight in order to destroy the chaste. Satan tempts the ears with exquisite music, so that by listening to the sweet sounds he manages to weaken the strength of the Christian. This was established by Cyprian (250 AD)
Regarding the above, we can summarize that the first Christians lived trying to be saints. In order for them to turn away from instrumental and sensual music, a specific verse will be needed to allow this to happen. These effects of life of holiness, are externalized from the interior holiness, until a point is reached to convert the ears into saints.
Before we finish this point, we will make a differentiation of certain “Christian” music, both current and the apostolic era. Currently, there is a strong rhythm, which creates a noise of instruments, shouts and everything that sometimes accompanies them, such as clapping. There are biblical words, however many times they are not heard or understood.
It is indeed an interesting experience to experience “Christian” music today, yet people continue to be carnal after they listen to it.
The first Christians in their Christian praises were made without the participation of any musical instrument, it was very happy, the Bible itself determines that God cannot be honored by human hands, however it does allow it to be done through voices joints and teaching words of sound doctrines. In such a way the sanctity of the ears will be preserved and only what builds the human will be allowed to enter.
As a point to culminate, the remainder is summarized under the law of the holy body. For example we can say, the nose looks for pleasant smells and the touch is always looking for something interesting. In the first of Paul Thessalonians, it is pointed out that the body should be associated with holiness and not with pleasure. In this way we are taught that fornication as we all know is a sin due to two points:
1) It is totally immoral, since it harms other people’s lives.
2) It is about the breach of the first commandment that God instituted through Moses, about: loving God with all your heart; all of which is holiness. However for reasons of physical sensations of such sin of fornication, the same becomes common within mankind just for pleasure. Now we see that Jesus was right when he said that we must be born again.
Pleasure and the Christian life
Everywhere we can see the statement that there is nothing wrong with pleasure. In a sense it is true. However, some people think that the pursuit of pleasure is not bad, in this regard it is necessary to review certain verses. In this way we see that in 1 Timothy 5.6 it indicates that the widow “who gives herself to pleasure, even if she lives, is not like that”. These statements can be harsh, but if we analyze they are very true.
The difference in it is in the surrender to pleasure and the experiences that derive from it, since it persecutes us many times without us looking for it. In James 5.5 the rich man who lived in pleasures temporarily is condemned.
We can also see this in the parable of the sower where Jesus points out that such pleasures in life turn off the spiritual part. Also in Titus 3.3 we are taught that in past times of life, we found ourselves submerged and enslaved by “diverse delights”.
The foregoing is enough to determine that Christians will not survive in the spiritual form if they are mired in the pursuit of pleasure. Now, we will try to examine ourselves in relation to what we sincerely serve. Before moving on to this point we give the following information, we must not pay attention to the words when they come from someone about whom or that the person serves.
Some Christians are wrong about this, since the testimony of the verb is not enough to understand what or who is master of the person. However, there is a one hundred percent truth test to determine such an answer to the previous question.
When all the needs of a day are met, such as food, clothing, rest of the body, etc., we must ask ourselves, what do we occupy ourselves with the rest of the day?
As an example let’s say that we have slept eight hours, we also work eight more and in terms of eating and bathing three hours are spent. This gives a total of nineteen hours and as we know the day has twenty-four. There are still five to go until the end of the day. What to spend the rest of the day on?
Some people spend their time unnecessarily buying appliances. We must ask ourselves in the same way: Are we going to kick a football for as many hours as we can? Will we read a romance novel? Will we help the neighbor in his work? Shall we pray and read the Bible? Shall we go out to the streets to publicize the works and novelties of the kingdom of God?
Given this we can see perfectly what each of us love and seek. If we are in search of pleasures of the body or the improvement of our self-esteem, we will be mistaken, since we do not walk in Holiness with God.
In the activity that we spend time there you can see our true passion. Let us ask ourselves: Is it God and his things? Or is it something else belonging to this world? In this way we fulfill our self-examination.
Next we will investigate a phrase in another verse to know: it is about 2 Timothy 3.4: “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” It is extremely clear that such a verse is understood as determining that one does not love pleasures above the love of God. This is correct for the delights, however that love will not be greater than the love that we must profess to God.
However, the Greek word whose meaning is “more” must be understood as “instead of”. The Thayer lexicon establishes what is found next to the word “more” all of which is found in 2 Timothy 3:4: opposes something, and replaces it; for that reason it can be understood “instead of”. Here we can notice two aspects:
- As we have said before, Holiness to God is about “loving God with all your heart”. Not just fifty percent or ninety percent again from the heart. On the other hand, if one hundred percent of the heart is given to God. How much is more for delivery to pleasure? Zero percent!.
- Unlike going around loving pleasures, what we should do is love God. If there is even a shred of love however small to pleasure, we have to remove it completely and offer it with all love to God.
There is another equally strong verse “…these they avoid.”.
Holiness to God is not in dispute
Paul himself, when writing to Timothy about love mostly for pleasure rather than for God, had previously written: “who richly gives us all things to enjoy.”
Unfortunately some people misunderstand this determination. What was it that God gave us in order to enjoy it? Is it marijuana and cocaine? Or bombs and machine guns? The answer is totally negative, is it chops, roses or classical music?
Observing the above again, six points are observed as the enjoyment of mankind, namely:
- Do good to others.
- Practice of good deeds.
- Give a lot to everyone.
- Apply the feeling of sharing our goods.
- May we save blessings for the future.
- Work hard to achieve eternal life.
None of the activities we have mentioned is in contravention of holy living. But nevertheless they all go against the life of selfishness. We must take advantage of these activities already mentioned; since God himself has given them to us to enjoy them abundantly.
the sanctified self
In relation to this point we must make the following question: Is it possible to sanctify the self, that is, the ego? Humanity is constantly searching for notoriety. However, Juan considers it a vainglory to life. The carnal man in terms of his house, car, clothes and the scope of it has to declare all as to the prestige and value of it.
However, if what we seek is to be with God, we have to ensure that everything is sanctified, the only way to achieve this is to eliminate man and his desires. Why is it so difficult to receive a correction? It is for the simple reason of prestige, which does not accept the fragile.
Yes, the natural man takes satisfaction in correcting others. Revenge will not be a sin for the sole fact in terms of morality, however it touches holiness in the same way, since it comes out of the carnal man and is with the desire to dominate others. In relation to the above, we must have a sanctified attitude.
what is not holiness
The preacher Carlos Finney explains what something is, to later assemble what he himself is not. Holiness is more or less the same and we will explain it below.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”, this is determined in Matthew 5.8. We could write “blessed are the holy in heart,” since purity and holiness are practically the same thing. What the verse teaches is “blessed are those of perfect action.”
The heart is released by holiness and subsequently radiates little by little. We can never start a relationship with the Creator without having a pure heart, however it is possible that we start a relationship with him in an imperfect way as a result of ignorance. This ignorance can be of great proportions without being clear that getting drunk was a sin.
However, once the heart becomes sanctified, the attitude will gradually transform. In this way the purity of the spirit takes time to mold, however we must be clear that without the holiness of the heart, we will never see God.
withdrawing from the world
The fact that we separate ourselves from the world is not a certain way of acting in a different way only in order to show oneself externally. Unlike holiness, if it does, it allows us all to be different, however the way of behaving in a certain way will not sanctify anyone. Well, everyone is dressed with the buttons in front, am I already a saint for having put my shirt on backwards? Of course not!
When we separate ourselves from the world, it must be from what is carnal in each one, as well as from the selfishness that lives in every human being by nature. However, the person who practices holiness will walk in different attitudes than others in many situations, even in the way he dresses, not in order to be different and contentious.
Secluded to what?
In order to understand this, we will give a simple example to illustrate the reader as clearly as possible. There is a secret in the way of eating the sideburn or watermelon. If we remove the heart, it can be said the tastiest part, and we protect it while we finish the rest, with this we will be able to enjoy the best at the end, since instead of the shell, which is not usually as sweet.
In this way we can also leave the best part of holiness for last. With this we will have been able to notice that getting away from the world is not an attitude based on just being different from others. It is equally necessary to separate from the carnal. But what is carnal?
We must remember the first verse of the book Leviticus that we already mentioned in paragraphs above. However, we will illustrate the reader again and place it before his eyes: “You must therefore be holy to me, because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the peoples to be mine.” Leviticus 20.26.
Thus we see that holiness is summed up in the final part of the sentence in four words: “so that you may be mine.”
We must not doubt at any time that God loves humanity. He likewise loves each person in a particular way. God’s desire is to relate to us, directly from his heart to ours; also his desire to relate to us is that we are united in one Christian body with him.
However, humanity has been very corrupt since the beginning of the world, such a nature is opposite to that of God. Such two attitudes cannot be intertwined, it is as difficult as mixing fire and water. This is not so, since man as such and God cannot dwell together. And God cannot change. This is a problem of great proportions as is the situation of the entire humanity.
There is a remedy for all this. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, humanity has the power to transform itself in a total way. Jesus gave his blood to give us life, overcoming sin and his power which harbors in all humanity. For those who don’t know: indeed, the kingdom of God is here!
Many people lack recognition that the heart must be sanctified, consecrated to God in all ways in order to walk with Him. Man must be away from and repentant of selfish life. He must be surrendered to the love of God, and allow him to cleanse within him of what is not in agreement in his life and in his heart.
Why should we be holy?
For the simplest of reasons, God is holy, and if our purpose in life is to be close to him, we must by all means be sanctified by his Holy Spirit, so that we can walk with Jesus and enjoy his Kingdom when he himself call us. God’s desire is for us to be far from what is not in accordance with holiness, which is experienced by humanity on a daily basis everywhere.
However, we insist once again to look at the reason why God calls us and induces us to repent of serving self:
The only purpose is FOR YOU TO BE MINE!
We have seen throughout the entire article that we have developed, the great importance of Jehovah’s Holiness. Countless verses explain to us such importance as well as the life we must practice to achieve it. In this article we wanted to try to illustrate to the reader the importance of taking certain important attitudes that make our soul sanctified and we can be united with God.
Among many of these activities are doing well before others, the fervent desire to share our goods of all kinds. Likewise, renounce all those situations that make our soul and spirit become contaminated and as a consequence it distances us more and more from God.
Another activity to take into account is the practice of helping other people without the intention of expecting anything in return, we should only have the intention of doing it and that we have the satisfaction of seeing our neighbor happy.
Let us therefore be encouraged to do all these practices and lead a sanctified life, moving away from what contaminates our soul and body, from the attitudes of the human, such as vices, clandestine parties, everything that is pleasures of the body that distance us so much from being able to have a life of spiritual peace and rapprochement with God the Father, our Creator. Lord help us.
Emilly Stefan The Fear lab was an American author of young adult novels, most known for her fantasy series, Age of the Seventh Sun.