-Chidiebere Dennis Owah
PURSUING HOLINESS OF LIFE THIS NEW YEAR:
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews12:14).
Frankly speaking, if there is any subject that should occupy a prime place in the teachings of the Christian faith it should be that of holiness. Why did I make that submission? It is due to the fact that holiness is the very nature and attribute of the God with whom we have to do. It is his most significant characteristics.
Now, follow me to the book of Isaiah chapter 6 verses 1 to 3: “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory”.
Holiness, I want to say, is the most outstanding nature of GOD ALMIGHTY. Not only that, also, everything about Him is holy. He is a holy God, living in a holy place, having a Holy Spirit and has given us a Holy Scriptures. It, therefore, follows that anybody who wants to please him must accord holiness a principal place and make it his or her preoccupation for that matter.
Unfortunately today, as a matter of fact, holiness has turned out to be one of the teachings that unsettles and unruffles the feathers of many a believer. Brethren, it ought not so to be, if actually we are of God this teaching on holiness should not make us feel awkward and untoward. That, exactly, is what I want to, humbly, advocate in this piece. The need for us to frantically pursue holiness of life and character this New Year.
1. THE THEOLOGICAL NAMES OF HOLINESS:
Theologically speaking, the Bible defines holiness with various terminologies. Among which are the following: Heart circumcision (Duet.30:6),heart cleanness (Psalm 51:10),heart newness (Eze.36:26),heart purity (Matt.5:8),perfection (Matt.5:48),perfect love (Luke10:27),sanctification of the Spirit (2Thess.2:13; 1Peter1:1).All these concepts, as well as some other, are what the Bible uses to denote and designate this all-important experience that takes place in the heart of the genuinely converted and unreservedly consecrated Christian.
2. THE TRANSFORMATIONAL NATURE OF HOLINESS:
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. (1Thess.3:13).
When God does this work of holiness in us, it will bring about a new heart, new life, new attitude, new commitment and a new goal in us. There will be this passionate pursuit in us to know and please God more than the ordinary run-of-the-mill Christians do. We will so love God to the extent that we want to please Him at all cost. That is Holiness in action. It will make us unblameable before God and men, by the grace of God.
3. THE TRANSITIONAL NECESSITY OF HOLINESS:
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Heb.12:14).
Now, friend, come to think of it, at least, every believer in Christ wants to see God and the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of this life; But, why is it we are averse, and in some cases antagonistic, to holiness? The Bible, which is the final authority, holds that without this experience of holiness, not theoretical holiness, but practical and palpable holiness of life, no man or woman shall see the Lord. It will, I make bold to say, amount to the height of foolery and foolhardiness for one to downplay and denigrate this teaching on holiness. I pray that the Lord will help all of us this New Year to earnestly pursue and possess this holiness in Jesus name.
-Chidiebere Dennis Owah