The Separated Persist In Holy Conduct

March 22, 2015

Being holy has to do with conduct. The opposite of being holy is being sinful. Even so, we have many who try to tell us that being holy means to be separated unto God. But that is a misleading description, for by being separated unto God –by receiving this privilege– we are expected, yes, required, to walk in submission to His commands. If we are in His Kingdom –of which He is the King– then we are obligated to comply with His rules of righteous living. Holiness is about conduct.

1 Peter 1:14-17 states it plainly: “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.”

There is a lot in those verses that we could discuss, but I want to point out that conduct is being emphasized. Conduct obedient to our Heavenly Father is being stressed. Conduct conformed to God Himself is being underscored. We are being ordered to reject the sinful conduct we displayed when we were ignorant of God and His holiness, and are being ordered to walk in a manner that pleases Him who will judge impartially everyone’s every deed. (See P.S. below.) Furthermore, we are being warned that in light of this situation, we are to fear The Judge throughout our lifetimes and walk in accordance with that holy fear.

So are we separated unto God through an acknowledgement of who Christ is, through a confession of sin, and through a request to be forgiven of sin? Or are we separated unto God through those plus through a persistence in holy conduct?

Let’s look at what Jesus says in John 15:10: “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love.” Is there any other way to abide in Christ’s love –that position in “Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath” (1 Thes. 1:10)– if we do not keep (hold to / obey / abide in / live in / persist in) the Lord’s commands? There is not. (2 Thes. 1:8,9 // Heb. 10:26-31) Jesus says that we must abide in Him in order to be eternally saved (John 15:6) and that this abiding comes from being obedient to His commands. (v. 10 again // see also 1 John 3:24)

It is critical, therefore, that this Truth be understood: Obedience to Christ = Abiding in Christ = Salvation from God’s wrath (Hell)

Righteous conduct is what holiness is about. So if a person does not have righteous conduct, then that person is not abiding in that place of being separated unto God. (Heb. 12:14 // 1 John 2:28,29)

with love,

P.S. Our “deeds” by which we will be judged include not only our actions, but also our words, thoughts, and motives. (Ec. 12:14 // Jer. 17:10 // Mt. 5:28-30 & 12:36,37 & ch. 25 // John 5:29 // Rom. 2:16 & 3:19 // 1 Cor. 4:5 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Heb. 4:13 // Jude 1:15 // Rev. 20:11-15) Moreover, the deeds we did not do but should have –these omissions, considered disobedience, will help to condemn us. (Mt. 7:21 & 12:50 // 2 Cor. 5:15 // Eph. 2:10 // Ja. 2:10 & 4:17 // 1 Peter 4:2 // 1 John 2:17)

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