“To live holy is to live as God lives.”

In the last series, we looked at WHAT IS HOLINESS? and we understand that it is the nature and the character of God. We saw that we are children of God and God is Holy, so God expects us to live holy also as His children. We shall continue this series by looking at 

  • GOD HAS CALLED US UNTO HOLINESS 

Is very clear in scriptures that God as called us from darkness in light and from the power of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. To be called out also means to delivered from. 

1 Peter  2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who HATH CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT:

Colossians  1:13  WHO HATH DELIVERED US from the power of darkness, and hath TRANSLATED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON:

We see very clearly here that we are being called out from something into another thing. The work of God in salvation is to call a man from a place into His own place. God has actually called us into His place. So we see again that God has called unto holiness and not unto uncleanness or unrighteousness or sin. 

1 Thessalonians  4:7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

One thing we see here again is that, we are being called from uncleanness unto holiness and not unto uncleanness. That’s why holiness is what we need to live in as people of God. We also saw that Peter said 

1 Peter  1:15 BUT AS HE WHICH HATH CALLED YOU IS HOLY, SO BE YE HOLY IN ALL MANNER OF CONVERSATION;  

1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Daddy Gbile Akanni taught me something recently when I was under his ministration. He said “when you see a statement that start with a “BUT” you need to check what was said previously in that Chapter because “But” changes the direction of a word”. So let us go back to verse 14

1 Peter  1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

Oh! So we see, as obedient children, not fashioning ourselves according to the former LUSTS in our ignorance. That’s to say we should not live proudly in our former sin or in our former nature again because we are now children of God and I have shown us that in the last series. So the BUT… 

1 Peter  1:15 BUT AS HE WHICH HATH CALLED YOU IS HOLY, SO BE YE HOLY IN ALL MANNER OF CONVERSATION;  

We see that we should live holy in all manner of conversation. In all manner of conservation. Holiness is not a struggle. Holiness is a nature. The nature is in you. The truth is, you must never allow flesh or former lust to take over that nature of God in you because God has called you unto holiness. Holiness is a calling we have received and we need to effectively live in it.