Dear Friends,

The Primacy of Personal Holiness

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”                   1 Peter 1:14-16

Are you holy? Do you want to be? Should you be? Should you want to be? Does God want you to be?

Let’s define our terms. To be ‘Holy’ is to be separated from the world and sin and dedicated to God. By ‘primacy’ we mean “Foundational, of first importance.” I think it’s safe to say that the idea that Christians can, should and must be holy is generally misunderstood and all but ignored in our religious culture.

In our limited space I’m going to argue that the text above teaches the title above.

  1. God Wills it.

He inspired His Apostle to pen the words above.

  1. God Commands it – explicitly in the words above and throughout Scripture.
  2. Jesus Prayed for it (John 17:17)
  3. The Apostle Paul Prayed for it (1 Thess. 5:23)

Given the above, our only honest and reasonable response is:

  1. We Must Want it.
  2. We Must Pray for it. (If we pray according to the will of God the Father and His Son Jesus – He will certainly answer us!)
  3. We Must Work for it.

. . . work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12b-13

Friends, the evil one wants us to water-down or ignore this fundamental attribute of God and teaching of His Word. Satan wants us to think that all God requires is for us to be a little better than the world around us. Please re-read the passage above, pray to God for wisdom, and respond to Him appropriately. If I can be of service, let me know.

Now, May God bless you richly,

As you follow Jesus closely,

Pastor Tim Sir