Christians have an obligation to live a life of holiness in honor of their God Who is holy (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:15-16) and provided a holy sacrifice for their sins in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the only reasonable response believers have (Romans 12:1). Paul wrote of this in the Epistle to the Romans.
Romans 6:11-15 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Continue reading →
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Jesus Christ is the High Priest of every believer. He left His throne in Heaven to come to this Earth to pay the price for our sin. He is the One Who entered into the Holy of Holies with His own blood to propitiate the wrath of God.
Like the high priests of ancient Israel, Jesus Christ was among mankind when He ministered. He felt pain, hunger, thirst. He knew temptation, even by Satan himself! Yet, He lived a perfect life without sin. That is what made Him the perfect, spotless Lamb of God, Who could take away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
Holiness has become a dying discipline among God’s people. This is a tragedy and one which should be remedied. Holiness is the primary theme in the book of Leviticus to the people of Israel and a common theme in the Bible as a whole. In short, God tells us in His Word, “Be different! Do not act like everyone else. You are special to Me. Be like Me.” Continue reading →