Holiness………NO ONE Sees the Lord without it Hebrews 12:14
As I have been praying for revival, I began to pray for holiness in my life. As I began to do so I saw a golden key in my mind’s eye as this, holiness, is the key to revival.
Let’s define what holiness is.
Holiness in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word, “qōḏeš” its meaning is something consecrated and set aside for sacred use only; it was not to be put into common use, for if it was, it became profaned and common (ḥôl), and no longer holy.
The Lord commissioned His servant Moses to build the first tabernacle so that the Lord could tent among His people. When Moses was on the mountain with the Lord, the Lord gave him the following charge, “They are to make me a sanctuary, so that I may live among them. You are to make it according to everything I show you — the design of the tabernacle and the design of its furnishings. This is how you are to make it. “(Exo 25:8-9 CJB)
After the tabernacle was completed it and the things inside it were consecrated and made holy, Aaron, the high priest, had to offer a sin offering for himself and consecrate himself
Moses said, “This is the thing which the LORD has commanded you to do, that the glory of the LORD may appear to you.” Moses then said to Aaron, “Come near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, that you may make atonement for yourself and for the people; then make the offering for the people, that you may make atonement for them, just as the LORD has commanded.” So Aaron came near to the altar and slaughtered the calf of the sin offering which was for himself. (Lev 9:6-8 NASB)
Next, Aaron offers a sin and burnt offering for the people.
Then he presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and slaughtered it and offered it for sin, like the first.
(Lev 9:15 NASB)
Next the people are blessed and the fire of the Lord falls.
Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. Then fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
(Lev 9:22-24 NASB)
When the Glory of the Lord is present, His judgement is swift.
Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective fire pans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. (Lev 10:1-3 NASB)
In the New Testament the word for holiness is, “hagiōsunē”, and it means sacredness .
After Jesus paid the price for our sins He cleared the way for the Holy Spirit to indwell the tabernacle made without hands which is His church.
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
(Heb 10:10-14 NIV)
Before Jesus Ascended, He told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem and to wait for the fire of the Holy Spirit to fall.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
(Act 2:1-3 NASB)
When the sacrifice is pleasing to God, the fire of God falls. We are to be living sacrifices , pleasing to God all the days of our lives. We are to be Holy as He is Holy. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. (1Th 4:7 KJV)
After the fire of God fell on Pentecost, Ananias, with his wife Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and are killed by the Holy Spirit. I found it interesting that Peter did not say that they had lied to Jesus or the Father but instead, Peter says it was the Holy Spirit that was lied to and that because they had treated the Holy Spirit with contempt and had not feared Him as the Holy God and third person of the trinity that He is.
We are to cleanse ourselves from all that defiles as the scripture says. Then having these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilements of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2Co 7:1 MKJV)
The influence of the world has slowly over the years crept into the church. It is we who are to be the ones who turn the world upside down and not the world who turns us upside down. We are commanded to be separate, but not separated as we are called to be salt and light to a dying world.
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
(2Co 6:16-18 NIV)
We must take a lesson from Jewish history here because they, like some today, have a false confidence in the temple and believe that they can live like hell and defile God’s temple without consequences.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. (1Co 3:16-17 NASB)
We are priests unto God, given the command to keep the temple of God, which we are, Holy and undefiled.
We must remember that the fire of God fell after the tabernacle was consecrated, the sin offerings were made for both priest and people in the Old Testament. In the New testament the fire of God fell after Jesus sacrifice and subsequent resurrection and ascension to the Father on the assembled group of believers as a whole and then separated and rested on the believers individually.
To expect the fire of the Holy Spirit to dwell in a temple He has to share with rivals is ludicrous .
We as priests are commanded to keep the fire burning. ‘Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out.
(Lev 6:13 NASB)
Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire.
(1Th 5:19 GW)
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
(2Ti 1:6-7 NIV)
Remember, it was the fire of the Holy Spirit that turned a bunch of timid fishermen hiding from the Jews into bold preachers proclaiming the works of the Lord.
We are to be keepers of the flame and to keep watch over it that it never goes out. We must keep ourselves undefiled from the world system. We must keep the flame burning brightly because we are to be light pointing the way to Jesus.
I leave you with this quote by Smith Wigglesworth who said, “only as men become Godlike and holy do they become real men”.