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Abilene, TX
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You shall be holy, for I am holy

Conforming to Godís Holiness

God is called holy not only because of what he does, but also because of who he is. Originally the term referred more to Godís being than his action or behavior.

For us to be called saints (ďholy onesĒ), we must have a catharsis. We must be made clean. No unclean thing can stand before the presence of a holy God. That which is unclean is profane in his eyes. For us to be holy to God, our unclean, unholy moral imperfection must be purged and our sin removed from us. That is why the absolutely necessary condition for redemption is atonement. Without atonement we would remain always and forever unclean and unholy before His penetrating gaze.

No human is holy in himself. Holiness is foreign to us. It is alien. That is why we require the righteousness of another to cover our moral nakedness. The Holy One has given us the holiness we need in the cloak of Christís righteousness.



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