HOLIESS I THE GOSPEL TRADITIOTHE WORDS, ACTS & MISSIO OF JESUSCHAMBERLAI HOLIES LECTURESBY Revd Dr C T SAMUEL12 OCTOBER 2012ITRODUCTIOHoliness in the Old Testament is often a rich discussion with ritual,moral, situational, cultural and of course spiritual dimensions.Discussion of holiness in the ew Testament, in contrast, not least inthe gospels, can so easily become one-dimensional where holinessseems to be primarily synonymous with good ethical conduct, not leastin the preaching and teaching of Jesus. Indeed scholars like Petersonargue that Jesus offers very little direct teaching on the theme of holiness and sanctification. 1Whether one agrees with Peterson I imagine will depend in large parton what we think we mean when we speak of holiness. Rogersoninsightfully points out, 'Holiness is a word in the English languagewhose meaning depends upon the contexts in which it is used and theinterests of those who use it.' 2 This is, of course, true of virtually allEnglish words, but it seems especially true of holiness.It is often easier to identify what one does not mean than what onedoes mean when speaking of holiness. onetheless, at the very least1 cf. David Peterson, Possessed By God (Leicester: Apollos, 1995), 27.2 John Rogerson, 'What is Holiness?' Holiness Past & Present, Ed. S C Barton,(London: T&T Clark, 2003),3.