I keep analyzing in my mind why God refers to those of us in Laodicea as being Lukewarm and yet no one I talk to from any of our groups really feel like they are lukewarm? Why do I keep asking myself that? Maybe I am not as zealous as I think I am or maybe I am asking the wrong questions of them AND myself.

What is it that we are not doing that makes God see us as lukewarm and without zeal? I ran across an article by Buddy Cocherell called: “The Holy Ones and God’s Law” it is a Bible Study that digs deep into what the Bible means when it says “Be Ye Holy as I am Holy”. I am giving an excerpt of the summary of it here as I have come to believe that for far too many of us being Holy is just not on our radar and perhaps it should be. You can read the whole Bible study at the link above.

THE HOLY ONES AND GOD’S LAW

 

“Although those whom the Father calls to salvation during the gospel age have an agreement that is different from the one ancient Israel had with the Creator God, this agreement still requires the Sovereign Father’s earthly children to be holy as he is holy:

 

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope in the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not in ignorance fashioning yourselves after your former lusts, but according to the Holy One who has called you also become holy in all conduct. Because it has been written, Be holy; because I am holy”

(1.Pet.1:13-16 KJV Para.).

The Sovereign Father’s earthly children are his holy nation of kings who are waiting to rule in his kingdom. They are his holy nation of priests who offer him holy sacrifice through his holy temple in which the holy spirit resides. And they are his ambassadors who are to represent him and his way of life to humanity.

 

Although the Father’s children are intrinsically holy because they have his spirit dwelling within them, they are still required to perfect and maintain their holiness through practicing a holy lifestyle:

 

“For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness” (1.Thes. 4:7 KJV).

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2.Cor.7:1 KJV).

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb.12:14 KJV).

I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and unto iniquity to iniquity; even so now yield your members servants unto righteousness unto holiness” (Rom.6:19 KJV).

 

In order to live a holy life and imitate god-like attitudes and behaviors, a person must know and understand God’s law, because it is the law that defines and governs the sacred holy state of existence. It is impossible to imitate god-like behavior unless one knows what it is and how to practice it. This is one of the reasons why the scriptures say to study the law and meditate on God’s law. It is through the study of the law and meditation on it that one comes to understand God and why he is holy, righteous, and superior to all that he has caused to come into existence. Notice what King David and the apostle Paul said about the law and its importance in one’s life:

 

“O how love I your law! it is my meditation all the day. You through your commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts” (Psa.119:97-100 KJV).

“Study to shew thyself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2.Tim.2:15 KJV).

 

Tremendous Blessings

 

Those who truly follow God’s laws, precepts, and principles during the gospel age of salvation will be blessed beyond comprehension because they are among the first of humanity to be given the opportunity to be holy as God is holy in the spiritual sense:

 

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways” (Psa.119:1-3 KJV).

 

There are awesome rewards for those who diligently pursue a holy lifestyle in obedience to God’s law and successfully maintain their sacred state of holiness:

 

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2.Cor.7:1 KJV).

“Blessed and holy (hagios) is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Rev.20:6 KJV).

“And he said to me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy (hagios), let him be holy (hagiazo) still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie” (Rev.22:10-15 KJV).

 

The English word ‘holy’ in Revelation 20:6 and 22:11 is translated from the Greek word ‘hagios’, which means ‘sacred’, ‘pure’, ‘blameless’, ‘holy’ or ‘saint. The English phrase ‘be holy’ in Revelation 20:11 is translated from the Greek word ‘hagiazo’, which means ‘purify’ or ‘consecrate’.

 

All of these holy righteous individuals are to be blessed because after they were made holy through the process of repentance and baptism, they continued to practice God’s law of holiness.

 

THE FUTURE

 

Isaiah records that, after Christ’s return and the government of God is established in Jerusalem, all the residence of the city will be called holy. It seems that the reason these people will be called holy is that they will be practicing the laws of holiness:

 

“In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create on every dwelling place of mount Zion, and on her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for on all the glory shall be a defense” (Isa.4:2-5 KJV).

 

The prophet Ezekiel was inspired to record that the priests who administer the temple system after the return of Christ will teach the same things concerning holiness that was taught to ancient Israel, the early church, and the elect at the end of the age:

 

“And they [the Priests] shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean” (Ezk.44:23 KJV). See also Lev.10:9-11; 11:46-47.

 

There is a heavy penalty to be paid by anyone who has had holiness placed within them and then contaminates their holy state and neglects to repent and ask for forgiveness for their violation of the law of holiness:

 

“Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel” (Isa.5:24 KJV).

 

A Physical and Spiritual Reality

 

The Sovereign Father and his firstborn son Jesus Christ are holy; they are spirit-beings who inhabit a dimension of time and space which is ruled by perfect law. For God the Father’s holy children, holiness is a physical and spiritual reality that derives its sacred quality of existence from God the Father through the power of his holy spirit. It is this sacred quality of existence that separates the Father’s earthly children from the rest of humanity and allows them to interact with the Father’s heavenly realm.

 

What does it mean to be holy during the gospel age of salvation?:

 

  • It means that one is intrinsically holy having God’s holy spirit dwelling within them.
  • It means that one is not human as others are human but is a holy creation.
  • 1t means that one is a member of the Sovereign Father’s holy family and the holy nation.
  • It means that one must practice the laws of holiness that are applicable to one’s life.

All who desire to become an immortal spirit-being, inherit the Kingdom of God, and reap the awesome rewards that are promised for being holy must remain holy, love God with all their being, and obey his laws of holiness:

 

“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1.Cor.2:9 KJV).”

 

If we begin to see that we really must strive to behave in a way that reflects God’s Holiness in us, perhaps the lukewarm attitude, the blindness, the nakedness and the miserable condition that we are really in will manifest itself to us. Perhaps striving to be Holy can rekindle that zeal in us that will allow us to ready for Christ when He gathers his people to the place of safety. So that we can open the door for Him immediately when He knocks.

 

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 

 

Read the Full Article at Bible Research
The Holy Ones and God’s Law
by Buddy Cocherell

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