God is a holy God and requires that we regard him as holy and glorify him (Lev
10:3). His priests were to be holy to God (Lev 21:6) and his people are called
to be holy as he is holy (Lev 11:44).
latter scripture is quoted by the apostle Peter in his first epistle (1 Peter
1:16). In verse 15 of that chapter he writes: “But as he which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” (KJV). We know that Jesus is
holiness (Acts 3:14). In 2 Corinthians 7:1 Paul directs us to: "cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in
the fear of God".
should be a characteristic of the Christian or saint. It means to be set apart,
sanctified, pure, clean. It is something we grow in as we allow the word to
impact, convict and change us (Rom 12:2) and as we allow the Holy Spirit to
work in us and develop his fruit or character (Gal 5:22-23).
is holy and as we grow in holiness, we draw closer to him (James 4:7,8)
allowing his life to flow through us. "Be holy; for I am holy" is a
process, a journey, but a beautiful one.