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How Much Holiness Is Enough

In Scripture (1 Peter 1:16/Heb 12:14) we see that God clearly wants us to be holy. But what is holyness? How do we attain it? How do we avoid the extremes of legalism or the tolerant acceptance of our sinfulness?

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Holiness is the outworking of relationship with God through the right standing we have with Him through Jesus Christ.
---Linda6563 on 4/16/08

PT2: the point is the former drunkard changed his life for the better & he was holy to the point of no evil consumptions, so we can be holy by following Jesus' commands & not give into the world.
---candice on 5/30/06

Living a "holy" life is hard, but not impossible. You should avoid the worlds view of things & treat yourself as the temple of God & not place yourself in former things before you knew Jesus. For example:before "bob" came to Jesus he was in the bar all the time, when he took in the word he avoided bards & alchohol.
---candice on 5/30/06

All Christians should be Holy or set aside/dedicated to Echad/God according to one's knowledge. Anything else would be 'lukewarm' etc. No way to be Holy in these earthly bodies except in the eyes of Echad/God, through the Blood Of The Lamb [Rom.7:7-14, 15-25, 8:1-14, I Cor.15:39-50]!
---bob_6749_[Elishama] on 5/30/06

Holiness is simply obeying: the Word of God; the revealed will of God; the promptings, directions and specific instructions of the Holy Spirit. It is total dependence and trust in God in all situations and circumstances. Holiness is attained by grace. We started our christain race by grace and we continue by grace. And His grace is always sufficient to do what is required of us. We avoid extremes by not taking scriptures out of context.
---Bosede on 5/30/06

Personally I don,t think of myself as holy.Sanctified,washed in the lamb blood, justified through jesus,yes.But, I try to stay humble and let the only one who is holy receive the praise that only he deserves.As men we can do good works,but be truly holy,not in my opinion.I know christ said be holy as your father in heaven is holy, but It helps me to remain humble to let God be the holy one, and me his creation and servant.
---tom2 on 5/28/06

H3: No holiness without Christ- Only by walking daily and maintaining an intimate connection with Jesus do we find/maintain holiness. P
---Pierr5358 on 5/28/06

H2: Evidence of holiness-two dimensions-being and doing.
Being more like Christ-the Heart of Holiness:
totally obedient to His Father
totally dependant on His Father's strength
lived His life dedicated to please His Father
always seeking to maintain an intimate union with God
willing to give His life for you and me, revealing His dedication to serving and saving sinners
His holiness was manifested by the way He treated others TBC
---Pierr5358 on 5/28/06

Holy-means sacred, consecrated, set apart, dedicated to God. It also means to be obedient to God and/or standing blameless before Him. 1 Thes. 5:23.
Holiness-the source-God alone can make us holy. Lev. 20:7-8 He not only commands us to be holy but He also gives us the power to obey. That power is available to us when we are in a close relationship with Him. When we are 'tight' He makes us holy by a divine act that Paul mentions in 1 Cor. 6:11. So, holiness is God's act of setting us apart. TBC
---Pierr5358 on 5/28/06

holiness is godliness, sinlessness, and righteousness. It is found in Christ. You attain it first through repenting and becoming a born-again Christian, and by praying, fasting, meditating upon the Word, worshipping, obeying and following, and serving the Lord. You avoid error by staying in the Spirit of Christ, walking in the Holy Spirit, always being a doer and never a faith-only believer, and never support sin.
---Eloy on 5/27/06

Brother Bruce, you gave a great explanation of the question. I would hope that others copy it and put it in their collection of notes so they can look back later and read and reconcile this actions with Scripture and to put them in their hearts. Execellent job.
---Lupe2618 on 5/27/06

To be holy is to be like God. We don't have to attain it, we have & just have to walk in it. To avoid legalism or tolerant acceptance of our old man we just need to walk in the newness of life.(Colossians 3:8-16) When we walk in righteousness(right-standing)we will walk in holiness.
---Rickey on 5/27/06

As with sanctification, there are two types of holiness: Positional and experiential.

Positional - On our own, we can never be holy enough to satisfy God's standard of holiness - perfection. As a Christian, we are covered in the holiness of Christ and it is this that satisfies the Father. Titus 3:5-6, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;"

This Holiness is related to the concept of justification (Think justified: just-as-if-Id never sinned.) Romans 3:22-26, "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."

So, we see that the Father sees us as justified (just-as-if-Id never sinned, remember?) This is our position in Christ.
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

experiential - We know that we are not, in experience, perfect. John acknowledges this in 1 John 2:1-2, (Written to Christians) "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation (payment) for our sins There is no excuse for this sin (ICor 10:13) and this statement is no license to sin.
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

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Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" From here Paul goes on to describe our personal responsibility to keep our selves from sin.

Fist he tells us why we can. In reading Romans 6 keep in mind that baptized simply means to place with in and in this passage has nothing to do with water baptism.
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

(See I Cor 12:13 and Gal 3:27) Paul says that because we died with Christ (this is our position in Gods eyes) we are no longer servants to sin as we once were. After all, dead men dont sin. V.7 And we live in Christ but we now live unto God, not sin. V.10 However, as true as this is, Paul still says Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" This theme of personal responsibility is carried on throughout the rest of the book.

So, how can we be holy? By putting on Christ.
How do we live holy? By making the right choices. The good news is that he gives us the strength to do just that. 1 Corinthians 10:13, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

Making the right choices, living up to what you know to be truth and what is right and wrong, is what we call walking in the light as in
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

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1 John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and (as we do walk in the light) the blood of Jesus Christ his Son (continuously) cleanseth us from all sin."

You may remember I started by saying As with sanctification there are two types of holiness. Sanctification means to be prepared and set aside for a purpose.
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

In this case for the service of our Lord. We are sanctified (positional) 1 Cor 6:11, "but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." Hebrews 10:10, "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
Hebrews 10:14, "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

And we sanctify our selves (experiential) 1 Timothy 4:5, "For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer." 2 Timothy 2:21, "If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." This sanctifying our selves is all about that personal responsibility Paul spoke of.
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

Bottom line.
We are holy (positional) this is our sole basis for entry into Heaven
We keep ourselves holy (experiential) this is our responsibility as a citizen of Heaven. Philippians 3:20, "For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" The word conversation is from the Greek politeuma which means the administration of civil affairs or of a commonwealth in other words, our citizenship.
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

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I believe Linda's answer is correct. A part from Jesus Christ there is no holiness. Revelation 15:4 says," for thou only art holy. So a person can easily see that no one can be holy apart from the indwelling of Lord Jesus Christ in them.
---mima on 5/27/06

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