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The Bible Christianity and Holiness
For many people, the word holy brings to mind special places such as cathedrals and temples. It would be easy to limit our concept of holiness to such concrete examples, especially when we see so many such cases in the Old Testament. The tabernacle, the temple, and even certain mountains. Many things and even curtain people were designated as “holy,” consecrated, or set apart to the Lord.
So holiness was attached to certain places, but we shouldn’t forget that the call to holy living is not confined to one place or another. All of life is to be holy, no matter where one is.
We now have access into the true tabernacle of God in heaven into His very presence. Christ through the Blood of the Cross in offering Himself has made away that we might live a life holy acceptable through Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Leviticus is often known is the Holiness Code. It spells out what it means to worship and serve a holy God. Categories of instruction include:
The letter of these laws applied only to ancient Israel, but the spirit of them continues to apply to God’s people today. Like the Hebrews, we are called to holiness in every area of life (1 Pet. 1:14–16). In fact, Jesus said that the commandment of Leviticus to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18) was second only to loving God with all of one’s being (Matt. 22:37–39).
Christ is the fulfillment of the OT sacrifices. We are now in a different dispensation which is Grace not Law. But what many people do not know or understand is that the stakes have been raised and responsibility now is greater.
All the world now is held accountable (John 12:31,32) Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
And (Act 17:30,31) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Notice God no longer winks at sin. But calls all to repentance through Christ.
Also now the standard of the Church has been raised (Heb 12:14).