The kedusha of the Kohanim is similar. The priestly caste was given special honor.
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To honor that kedusha, a Kohen would have to devote his life to spiritual growth and Godly acts. To make the kedusha an ends in itself would be to defile it. The same is true in regards to us as a people. It is a kedusha that does not tell us that we are better than the rest of the world, but asks us what it is that we can do to make the world a better place.
Kedusha as a state of becoming is an elusive destination always to be reached for, yet never to be grasped. It inspires us to grow, to become closer to God. As soon as believe we are holy and entitled we fall prey to the Korachs of the world. He is the primary architect of YCT's groundbreaking curriculum of Torah, Halakha, pastoral counseling and professional training.
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Will you put off any hope of being a deliverer in your own power? Will you trust me instead to lead you into accomplishing my will? No one can achieve holiness in God's sight by his own strength or willpower. We can't even serve the Lord properly without taking the approach outlined to Moses. We must come to God saying, "Lord, I have nothing to give you. You have to do it all.
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It's possible for someone to be free of all lusts, of every evil desire, and still not be holy. You can be a wonderful person, a loving mate, upright and honest, and still not be holy. All of our human goodness is as filthy rags in God's sight. Still, many of us think, "If I can just get victory over this one last thing in my life, I'll be holy. Beloved, it will never happen.
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It is all a vain attempt to be victorious. We can never be holy while standing on the ground of self—righteousness. The truth is, you and I face the same burning bush Moses did. And God says to us as he did to Moses, "You can't stand before me on that kind of fleshly ground. There is only one ground on which I can be approached. It is faith in my Son and his work on the cross.
We all have seen that God can save even the worst of humankind. We can behold the worst thief, murderer, drug addict or alcoholic—people who have no good works at all — and confidently say of them, "By repentance and faith, they have been made righteous in Jesus.
That is the true, saving power of God. Yet many Christians live as if their efforts and strivings are sufficient for holiness. I've striven to stay clean and holy. I've prophesied, fed the poor, healed the sick, cast out demons. And I've done it all to please you. But God will answer, "I never knew you — because you were never on the proper ground. You never took your shoes off, setting aside your confidence in the flesh. You didn't do any of these things through the power of my Spirit. You did it all in your own strength. And that does despite to my Son's work on the cross.
I accept only one righteousness — that of the one man I consider. It makes these fleshly works of yours a stench in my nostrils. There is only one question we all must answer before that day comes: "When I stand before the Lord, will he see his Son in me? Will I be holy in Christ?
Paul is saying, in essence, "God won't allow any human being to glory in his own works. We can glorify him only through his Son, who each day is becoming our wisdom and righteousness and holiness. When I speak of total trust in Christ, I mean not only in his saving power but also in his keeping power. We have to trust his Spirit to keep us and conform us to Jesus' likeness. Think about your own testimony. At one time you were alienated, cut off from God by wicked works.
What good work did you do to make things right with him? No one has ever been able to save himself. Likewise, nobody has ever been able to make or keep himself holy. We are brought into Christ's holiness daily by faith alone, as we trust in what God's Word says: "If you are in Christ, you are holy as he is holy.
Note the phrase, "If you continue in faith. I will present you as clean, faultless, unblameable, holy before the Father. Beloved, this is all the sanctifying work of the Holy Ghost. As the Spirit empowers you to mortify the deeds of the flesh, he will lead you by his conviction and his comfort. There is but one holiness: Christ's. Therefore, no one believer is "holier than thou. You can be a new Christian and still be absolutely holy in Jesus. In 1st Peter the Scripture says, "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.
Often a neglected In his new book, Becoming Holy, Fountain Hendricks discusses the process of the transformation of the inner man into becoming holy, as Christ was holy. Often a neglected foundation of the Christian faith, holiness, is a command of the Lord.
Bringing enlightenment and encouragement to readers, the author sheds light to understanding the process of becoming holy and the importance of walking in holiness. Holiness is one not easily obtained, but is a necessary component as a Disciple of Christ.
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