27 Jan Healthy Holiness, by Pastor Tony Dilena
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14 NKJV
The word “holiness” means health or wholeness. It is what makes the Christian a healthy believer. But we must know what true healthy holiness is. There is a difference between holiness and righteousness. Holiness focuses on being, whereas righteousness focuses on doing. Holiness is a motivation for righteousness. Holiness is the root of righteousness, and righteousness is the fruit of holiness.
What is human holiness? It is not freedom from all ability to sin but from the dominion of sin. It is not freedom from temptation but freedom from bondage, which causes failure. It is not freedom from the battle but freedom from defeat.
How can holiness be made a present reality? We are not made holy when we die and go to heaven. Let us not think that death can do something that the Savior cannot. Holiness is the will of God (Rom. 8:29; Titus 2:9-10). It is the work of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 7:23). We can be holy because His seed is in us (1 John 3:9).
*Source: Revival Study Bible