Death is a touching subject, especially if someone experienced the death of a loved one, someone dear to them. Perhaps death is a subject you try to avoid, try not to think about, or imagine it to be something that is surreal, something that does not pertain to you. Perhaps you imagine it as a natural event occurring at an old age, after you have lived an eventful or ‘fruitful’ life.
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:1-4).
“But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16).
“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God…For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:4-7).
“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful” (Hebrews 3:1-2). “If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).
“…And holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. This is the truth. If I am not holy, I will not see the Lord! The Lord our God has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world for one goal and that is to be holy and unblemished in love – to be His people! “…Were not a people, but are now the people of God…. but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:10,9). “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:1-6). He pardoned us and opened up the mystery of eternal life, which is holiness! In the Heavenly Kingdom of God, which will stand forever (Daniel 2:44), Christ will reign forever, there will be no end (Luke 1:32-33), and only the saints will be able to enter. The unholy will not be able to see the Holy Lord and enter His Kingdom; this is a main point of the teaching in the New Testament!
What is Holiness? And who is from the Holy One?
“For I am Holy” = here God speaks of Himself (1 Peter 1:16). He has the Holy Spirit in Himself, for “God is the Spirit” (John 4:24).
Then scripture continues to show us, “In the beginning there was the Word … and the Word was God” (John 1:1). God is Holy, therefore His Word is also Holy, because it is part of God.
When reading further, the teaching of Christ tells us, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The word, which is God, was revealed to the world as the Truth. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). The teaching in the scripture reveals the Truth, the Truth of God (Romans 1:17). The question arises, “Why did the word become flesh?” The answer is found in Hebrews 2:14, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”
God is Holy – which is known and evident from all the prophets. The word was with God and the word was God, which makes the word holy as well. The holy word became flesh when Jesus Christ came to earth, being the son of God and the son of man, which also makes Jesus Christ holy (Matthew 3:17, Matthew 17:5). Being Holy, He was not of this world (John 8:22), he was not recognized and the Holy and Righteous was renounced (Acts 3:14-15, Acts 3: 27-28).
God revealed Himself to this world by the Word of Truth, which became flesh, which is the teaching of Jesus Christ. Whoever learns and accepts this teaching – has God, and therefore is Holy. Whoever transgresses or goes against this teaching (the Word of Truth) – has neither the Son, nor the Father!
For a man to become holy, he has to be reborn through the Word, From God, which is Holy (James 1:18). Therefore once reborn, man is Holy and has accepted Jesus Christ as his life. This means that Jesus Christ or the Word of Truth has become his conscience and his mind – that his conscience and mind are now also Holy.
What does it mean: the conscience and the mind are Holy?
All of the teachings and doctrines of this world that go against or contradict the teachings of Jesus Christ are false. When a person becomes a Christian he must die for these teachings on the Calvary with Christ. Everything that contradicts the Word of Truth is no longer the truth and must be rejected. When a person dies for these doctrines and is resurrected with the doctrine of Jesus Christ, it means that they died for their old way of thinking, old faith, old perspectives, old knowledge which can include the origin of the world, an old understanding of God and worship, and their idolatries. The person begins to think in a new way, have new knowledge, new faith –which had never been there before. The scripture, the Word of Truth is fulfilled in the person, as it is written “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Without Christ there cannot be a new creature because it is not of this world, because Christ Himself is not of this world. As a new creature, Christ becomes the person’s knowledge, faith, and his conscience!
It is important to know and understand that the Word of Truth is the pure word from God, which is God. The Word is the Spirit and the Life as John wrote in 6:63! We should not get confused with the word that is preached from religion which is dead and from man (Mark 7:6-7). When a person accepts the teaching, which is God, God becomes his mind and conscience. The person becomes holy, a saint and there is no other way! It is necessary to believe this whole heartily and not to be pulled by other religions, by other teachings. In other words, always to remain dead with Jesus Christ for this world where the law of sin and death rules everything.