I would like to bless you all with a study I did on holiness, as defined by our Apostles. I compiled all the verses in every letter of our NT that dealt with holiness and how it pertained to ‘us’. It’s a long read, but it leaves quite a humbling impression on those who are seriously seeking kadosh l’adonai, holiness unto the Lord.
This is how the Apostles defined Holiness and how it applied to our relationship with God through Messiah.
If you love Yeshua you will obey his commandments. We are made pure and holy by the teaching of his Word. (John)
To be cleansed from our sins we must have faith, turn from those sins, and turn to God to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we will be able to preach God’s message with boldness. (Acts)
The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with God’s love. You must choose to be slaves to righteousness so that you will become holy. Those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. Through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from sin and it’s evil ways. We are God’s children. We were born again by His Spirit and if His Spirit is holy and lives in us, we will be holy too. Our bodies are God’s not our own. We cannot do with them what we want, but should live a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans)
We are called by God to be his own holy people. He made us holy by means of Yeshua the Messiah, just as he did all Messianics everywhere. Whoever calls on the name of Yeshua is made holy. God alone makes it possible for us to believe in Yeshua the Messiah. He is the one who makes us acceptable to God. He makes us pure and holy. We are God’s temple and God’s temple is holy. Our sins have been washed away and we have been made right with God because of what Yeshua and the Spirit of God have done for us. Again, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and was given to us by God. We do not belong to ourselves. As the apostles did, so should we be proved by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are promised to the Messiah as a pure pride. (Corinthians)
God gives us the Holy Spirit and miracles because we believe in the message we heard about the Messiah. Through faith we receive the promised Holy Spirit. We who are born of the Holy Spirit are persecuted by those who want us to keep the law, they live by their old sinful nature thinking they can be purified and cleansed by the law through their flesh, rather than the Spirit. We live according to our new life in the Holy Spirit, not doing what our old sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and our choices are never free from this conflict. But when we are directed by the Holy Spirit, we are no longer subject to the law. When we followed the desires of our sinful nature, our lives produced; sexual immorality, impure thought, eagerness for lustful pleasures. But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. But we are living now by the Holy Spirit, we should follow the Holy Spirits leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians)
God loves us and through Yeshua we are holy and without fault. When we believed in Yeshua, he made us his own and gave us his Holy Spirit. We who believe in Yeshua are becoming a holy temple for God. We are a new person created in God’s likeness, righteous holy and true. We should not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way we live. We can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of the Messiah and of God. Greedy people are really idolaters who worship the things of this world. But we should let the Holy Spirit fill and control us. Because Yeshua gave up his life for us to make us holy and clean, washed by the Word of God to present us as his glorious people without spot or wrinkle, holy and without fault. (Ephesians)
What really matters is that we live pure and blameless lives until Messiah returns. We are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Letting our lives shine brightly before them. Fixing our thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Thinking about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians)
We are God’s own holy people. And as the holy people whom he loves, we must clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians)
When we stand before God our Father our hearts will be strong, blameless and holy because of Messiah. God wants us to be holy, so we should keep clear of all sexual sin. God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. Our whole spirit, soul, and body are kept blameless by the God of peace till the day when our Lord Yeshua the Messiah comes again to receive glory and praise from his holy people. We thank God for this salvation that comes through the Spirit who makes us holy and by our belief in the truth. (Thessalonians)
All Christians/Messianic should be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith. Free from anger and controversy. We are not to participate in the sins of other but keep ourselves pure. It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. Keep yourself pure and God can use you for his purpose. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready to be used for every good work. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on God with pure hearts. (Timothy)
Live wisely and pure and you will not bring shame on the Word of God. Because Yeshua gave his life for us we are free from every kind of sin, cleansed and made his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right. We are saved not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us new life through the Holy Spirit. (Titus)
Yeshua died to cleanse us from the stain of sin. Yeshua makes us holy which allows us to have the same Father. Our Father wants us to be holy, and we are holy by the sacrifice of the body of Yeshua the Messiah once for all time. Because of Yeshua sacrifice we can go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. Because our evil consciences have been sprinkled with the Messiah’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed. So, we should live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see God. (Hebrews)
We must care for those who are in trouble, and refuse to let the world corrupt us. Wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. Friendship with this world makes us an enemy of God. If our aim is to enjoy this world, we can’t be a friend of God. The Holy Spirit that God has placed in us jealously longs for us to be faithful. He gives us strength to stand against such evil desires. (James)
The Spirit has made us holy. As a result, we have obeyed Yeshua the Messiah and are cleansed by his blood. So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for us to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test our faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold, yet far more precious to God than mere gold. If our faith remains strong after being tried, it will bring us much praise and glory and honor on the day when Yeshua the Messiah is revealed to the world. So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the return of Yeshua the Messiah. But now we must be holy in everything we do, just as God, who chose us to be his children is holy. We must be holy because God is holy. We have sincere love for each other because we were cleansed from our sins when we accepted the truth about Yeshua the Messiah. Do not forget that God has cleansed us from our old life of sin. Everything around us is going to vanish but what is holy. So what holy, godly lives we should be living! And while we are waiting for this to happen, we should make every effort to live a pure and blameless life. And be at peace with God. (Peter)
All who believe they are God’s children keep themselves pure, just as the Messiah is pure. (1 John)
And here are the exact verse references;
(all you need to do is copy & paste this group of scriptures into your online bible search engine and all will come up in any translation you prefer)
John 14:15,John 17:16-17,Acts 2:37-39,Acts 3:19,Acts 4:30-32,Acts 15:9,Romans 5:4-5,Romans 6:19,Romans 8:5,Romans 8:13,Romans 8:16,Romans 11:16,Romans 12:1,Romans 14:17,1 Corinthians 1:2,1 Corinthians 1:30,1 Corinthians 3:17,1 Corinthians 6:11,1 Corinthians 6:19,2 Corinthians 6:6,2 Corinthians 7:1,2 Corinthians 11:2,Galatians 3:5,Galatians 3:14,Galatians 4:29,Galatians 5:16-19,Galatians 5:22,Galatians 5:25,Ephesians 1:4,Ephesians 1:13,Ephesians
2:21,Ephesians 4:24,Ephesians 4:30,Ephesians 5:5,Ephesians 5:18,Ephesians 5:25-27,Philippians 1:10,Philippians 2:15,Philippians 4:8,Colossians 1:22,Colossians 1:26,Colossians 3:12,1 Thessalonians 3:13,1 Thessalonians 4:3,1 Thessalonians 4:7-8,1 Thessalonians 5:23,2 Thessalonians 1:10,2 Thessalonians 2:13,1 Timothy 1:5,1 Timothy 2:8,1 Timothy 5:22,2 Timothy 1:9,2 Timothy 2:21-
22,Titus 2:5,Titus 2:14,Titus 3:5,Hebrews 1:3,Hebrews 2:11,Hebrews 10:10,Hebrews 10:22,Hebrews 12:14,James 1:27,James 3:17,James 4:4-6,1 Peter 1:2,1 Peter 1:6-7,1 Peter 1:13,1 Peter 1:15-16,1 Peter 1:22,2 Peter 1:9,2 Peter 3:11,2 Peter 3:14,1 John 3:3-5
This is a list of all verses in the NT that contain the word holy.
I think the evidence is overwhelming. How can we say we sin, and still be found righteous in his sight? Righteousness is not found in how we handle physical items, it has to do with how we have been circumcised within our hearts. It has to do with how a Holy Spirit is living in and through you, as you walk throughout the world as God commanded. We are called to perfection, and yet we have an eternally graceful God in the form of Yeshua. Always willing to accept you back, IF you make t’shuva and repent.
God is calling all to repent, and place faith in God. Faith that God will and can place His Spirit within you and live the works of the law through your very being. In this very place, outside the temple.
"When you awake in the morning, learn something to inspire you and mediate upon it, then plunge forward full of light with which to illuminate the darkness." -Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
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