I had a great time yesterday discussing holiness with a brother and sister; it really helped me work out in my own mind how to explain this concept.
Many in the church think that holiness is about what we do or don’t do.
How holy a person is, is normally regarded by what they do.
This is not correct, as holiness is to do with position rather than with actions.
In terms of holiness, you are either holy or you are not; you are either a saint or a sinner.
What is important is the position (or state) of our born again spirit.
Prior to our salvation this spirit (or old man) was corrupt and sinful; it was not holy.
At the point of salvation our spirit was created new (2 Corinthians 5 v 17).
This new born again spirit (or new man) is holy.
This spirit (or new man) was created righteous and holy; indeed it was created in true holiness.
True holiness is defined by our born again spirit, not by our actions (what you could term untrue holiness maybe).
There are no degrees or levels of holiness, you are holy (or a saint) or you are not (a sinner).
I agree that there are levels or degrees to which a person will display his or her holiness once they are born again, in the same way that an unsaved person has degrees to which they display how sinful they are.
But these displays have nothing to do with your holiness; you are holy (or been made a saint) through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ and nothing else.
Think of yourself as a saint and holy and speak this out and you will be more likely to display higher levels of holiness in your life.
A knowledge of your holiness, that you are a saint, will alter your actions; your actions will not alter how holy you are.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am holy, I am a saint, as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”.
Ephesians 4 v 24…..And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness