• Holiness ~ Introduction


    Holiness.

    Some see “holiness” as being only about things forbidden. Do not commit fornication. Do not commit adultery. Do not engage in lustful activity. Do not participate in homosexual behavior.

    God always has our
    best interests at heart.
    He never prohibits anything
    unless our enjoying them
    would be harmful.

    We have studied the Bible so we know that these prohibitions are true. Not only are they true, they are important for our well being. God is not a spoil-sport. He always has our best interests at heart. He never prohibits anything unless our enjoying them would be harmful.

    We also know we need to avoid both the actions and appearance of sin. This is for our benefit, and the benefit of all.

    But focussing only on the negatives presents a very limited view of holiness. Christian holiness is much more about the positive than it is about the negative. Holiness reflects the character of our God in what we say, what we do, and how we think.

    Concerning sex there are two things we need to remember.

    • First, our bodies are holy. They are the temples of the Holy Spirit and reflect the glory and the image of God.

    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

    • Second, sex is not sordid. It is not a part of our fallen nature. It is not a result of the fall. Indeed, it is holy and pure and undefiled before God. Our sexuality - our urges, our feelings, our desires - is a gift of the grace of God. It not only reveals His holy character but our sexual relationship with our spouse is the primary physical picture of the things of the Spirit, of the Son’s relationship with His Bride.

    Our body and our sexuality are good, and glorious. They are a marvellous work and a wonder. They are there to strengthen us, not to be a source of constant struggle. Whether married or single our sexuality is to be enjoyed and celebrated - yes within godly boundaries - but enjoyed and celebrated nonetheless. Hallelujah!


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    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV.
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