"Pursue holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" Hebrews
s I put pen to paper, I am conscious of the difficulty that meets us when dealing with this crucialtopic of "Holiness". It is a vital subject which deserves far more attention than it receives in ourtimes. Our lot is cast in a time in which any talk about Holiness is repugnant to some people andis treated like a beggar meddling with our pockets. Several reactions come to the fore but at leasttwo definitely will rear their heads. To some, any "Holiness talk" sounds archaic. The very word"Holiness" brings graphic images of being old fashioned, back ward and fossilised. Things like toetouching long skirts, old thread bare bleached clothes, dangerously depreciated tilted shoes andlong brittle wire-like kinky hair immediately come to the modern globally minded liberal Christian’smind. To others, the idea is associated with a bigotry-like "holier than thou" attitude. Yet Holinessis very much a Scriptural idea. But what is Holiness? Why should we pursue it anyway?Let it be known that holiness can be viewed at least in a two fold sense. The first is
. This is the state in which all the Christians are when they become born again(regeneration, Titus 3:5-7; I Corinthians 6:11). The moment that someone turns from a life of sinand believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation, that moment, God declares themrighteous and makes them holy. From that moment, God the acquitter deals with them "as thoughthey have never sinned". This positional holiness implies that anyone who has never turned fromsin radically is still under God's condemnation (John 3: 18). All their good works, church going,alms giving are futile. Their best physical good is as stenchy filthy rags in God's eyes (Isaiah64:6).The second is
which our text (Hebrews 12:14) highlights. This is the moralstandard that every true Christian has to strive for. Mark my words "true Christian", not anyhypocrite. This means that the moment that someone flies to Christ for refuge, they suddenlyresolve to fight sin to the bitter end, until they
breathe their last.
To be holy, then, is to be separated from sin and, therefore, consecrated to God. It is a curiousfact than many in our "Christian nation" lay claim to Christ but alas, their lives flatly contradict theirprofession. They carry Bibles in their hands but have not Christ in their hearts. Progressiveholiness is something that you and I have to consciously and diligently work out in cooperationwith the Holy Spirit (Phil 2: 12, 13) as He works in our lives sanctifying us daily. To that extent thatyou apply yourself to godly things and the means of grace to that extent will you be holy. In short,a holy person is someone who is more like God. But then, why is holiness important? Why pursueit?It must be stated that the pursuit of holiness is compulsory for all true Christians, no specialcases! From the time of conversion to your dying day, you must pursue holiness. Do you knowanything of holy desires? Does it bother you that you are not as holy as you ought to be? Everyregenerate saint will labour to be holy. Remember, "No Holiness, No Heaven!"
Holiness mustbe pursued because:
(1) God is holy and therefore all who have dealings with Him must be holy (1 Peter 1:16). Sofriend, nothing of 99% holiness-with
He commands you!(2) It is for your own good. If you persist in sin and disobedience, God will punish or disciplineyou! Those that are Christians are treated as children (Hebrews 12:6) and therefore must be like