What is holiness? Seriously, what is holiness? It is the clothes someone wears, or is it the length of his or her hair? Is it the movies that he or she watches, or is it the way that he or she talks?
We have such a perverted view of holiness. To main stream Christendom holiness is certain actions, rituals, way of living, that shows that someone is worthy of being declared righteous. We look how we are living compared to the life of Christ. Then feel guilty when we are not meeting the mark that we perceive. One the other hand we look at other Christians that are not living at the same level that we are and we feel that they are not meeting the mark that we feel they should. Is this really Holiness?
It is time that we redefine holiness, or revert back to the real meaning of holiness. Think, where does the Bible say that Holiness means to live perfectly? We remember statements such as, “Be Holy, as I am Holy,” but that does not mean that we are to live perfectly. Then if it is not perfection, then what is it?
Actually First Century Biblical Holiness has nothing to do with perfection. It means “set apart”. The Greek word is also related to the word for sanctification. Holy things are things that are set apart for the use of God. The Holy Goblets in the Temple, the holy oil used for anointing; these things were all set apart for serving God.
In the same way we are set apart for God’s service. It has nothing to do with how we live, rather it has to do with our relationship with God. Being set apart for God, we are washed in the blood of the lamb. We are cleansed by the blood. That means that by grace we are saved and that the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit is actively working to help us.
A holy person is not a perfect, sinless person. There is only one perfect person and we hated him so much that we killed him. Instead the Holy Spirit draws us further and further from the ways of the world. We do not set ourselves apart for God, rather God sets us apart through the Holy Spirit. As we grow closer to him, we grow farther away from the world.