JESUS GIFT OF HOLINESS GIVEN TO US
WHAT DO WE KNOW OF HOLY?
Ephesians 1: 3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed
us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should
be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption
as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to
the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure
which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times
He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven
and which are on earth — in Him.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the
purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit
of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of
the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Jesus Purchased us With His Own Blood
Holiness has long been one of the main issues of Christians. One side says that we must obey His commandments in order to be holy, while the other side says that grace abounds. One side also says that the words of Jesus will bring unity when the bible clearly shows that when Jesus spoke it brought division. Those of us who rely on our own brand of holiness brought about by our own obedience will always be against the thought that it is by grace alone that we are made holy.
Jesus paid the price for all sin, in fact, He overpaid. The wrath of God was poured out on Him at the cross and when God’s wrath had run out and the full price had been paid; the sacrifice remained. Jesus then, after absorbing the whole penalty for us, cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!” He then bowed His head, finding rest in saving us, and dismissed His Spirit like the King that He is.
I believe in being holy. I also believe that holiness only comes to us as we look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. As we behold Him in all of His glory and majesty, He by His Spirit transforms us into His image. His holiness is part of His gift to us, the gift of righteousness that He died to give us. Start seeing yourself holy, because He is holy and watch His gift of righteousness come in and transform your life.
Thank you and Be Blessed,
Joe D. Willis