In my Bible reading this morning I was reminded once again of our calling as Christians and I want to pass on some of the scriptures I looked up. In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul reminds them that we are “called to be holy.”
What he writes in his second letter to them, says it all, that we should perfect holiness “out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
“You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
2 Timothy 1:8-9
God… has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
These are just a few references to remind us of the importance to be blameless before God. We cannot do it in our own strength but Jesus is at our side and we have the power of the Holy Spirit. He is our Helper!
May the Lord speak to your heart about our highest calling: to be holy!
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).