Holiness Is Healthiness

Let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.—2 Corinthians 7:1

When we study the Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament, we find that those who got closest to God thought more of His holiness than any other thing. Why should this be? I think in the nature of things it cannot be any other way because, more than anything else, God wants us to be holy. Over and over again in the Bible we are told: “Be holy because I am holy.” We are not directed to be omnipotent (all-powerful) or omniscient (all-wise) as God is, but we are to be holy. This is the prime way of honoring God. We do not glorify Him by eloquent expressions of pompous service but by aspiring to converse with Him with unstained spirits and live to Him in living like Him.

Are you seeking to be holy? God has made holiness the moral condition necessary to the health of His universe. Sin’s temporary presence in the world only accentuates this. Whatever is holy is healthy, and evil is a moral sickness that must ultimately end in death. The formation of the language itself suggest this, the English word “holy” deriving from the Anglo-Saxon halig, meaning “well” or “whole”. To be whole in Christian terms means to be holy. Can you say “I am holy—truly holy”? I am afraid I can’t. I don’t think any honest Christian would say “yes” to that question. But neither would any honest Christian ignore these solemn words: “Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12:14).

Prayer

O Father, help me to be as concerned for the moral health of the universe as You are. But more, help me to focus first on my own moral health and to be rid of all in my life that is contrary to You and Your nature. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

Further Study

Lk 1:67-80; 2Pt 3:11; 2Co 7:1

Why has God raised up a horn of salvation?

What kind of people ought we to be?

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