UNDERSTANDING HOLINESS (PART ONE)

Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made – Genesis 2:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: Holiness is our reality in Christ.

Holiness is the believers’ reality by virtue of redemption. That is, one’s benefit of redemption is that, by redemption, we (believers in Christ) have been made holy. Holiness is not our work, holiness is Jesus’ work accomplished in us. Holiness is our reality in Christ. The subject of holiness has been wrongly taught to many believers, and most of these teachings don’t derive their authority from the scriptures but rather from people’s dreams and visions (visions of those who went to heaven and hell and came back); this certainly is the mother of error. Bible interpretation must not be subject to people’s dreams, visions, emotions, opinions and ideas. In explaining the scriptures, we must stick only to the scriptures and not people’s dreams or visions; we must always let the bible speak for itself. Truth is, a message is only inspired to the degree to which it derives its inspiration from the written word (Read 2Timothy 3:15).In studying the subject of holiness or being holy, the first thing to note is that it was a word used severally in the bible. This will automatically lead us to the question, how were the related words ‘holy’ or ‘holiness’ used in the bible? In a layman’s English, the word ‘holy’ has several meanings. The dictionary defines the word ‘holy’ asConsecrated: Dedicated or set apart for religious purposes. For instance, holy water. Also, Saintly: Devoted to the service of God, a god or a goddess. For instance, holy man. And, Sacred: Relating to, belonging to, or coming from a divine being or power.

It is important to note that the dictionary does not give a general definition to this word but rather gives probable definitions of the word based on their contextual usages. As a result, a definition of the word is followed by an example of its use. A similar rule applies when studying words used in the Bible; the contextual use of a word determines its meaning. This is because words can be applied in figures of speech or literally. Also, a word could have several literary meanings based on its contextual usage. Therefore, a bible student should never give a general meaning to words used in the bible. In order to understand the subject of holiness, it is vital to observe how it was used in the Old Testament books (Genesis to Malachi) of the bible. This will involve a careful examination of several words and the way they were used.

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WRITINGS

It is needful to restate at this point that the Old Testament books of the bible were originally written in Hebrew language, from which they were translated to the English Language. Hence, reference will be made to the original words to explain the words in the bible. The word ‘holy’ (quodesh derived from the verb quadash) means to “set apart or to dedicate”. It is important for us to note that the word “quodesh” was translated in the King James Version Old Testament writings as different words such as “holy” or “holiness”. The first use of the word “quadash” in the Old Testament books of the bible was in Genesis 2:1-3. The word “sanctified” in verse 3 of the above text was translated from the Hebrew word “quadash”. Observe that it was first used with respect to the seventh day.Let us examine how Moses (the writer) used the word here. In verse 1, he referred to how the heavens and the earth were finished; that is, creation completed. And in verse 2, he rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had made. The word “rested” (“shabath”) means to cease or to cause to cease. This same statement relating to rest was referred to, later, by Moses in stating the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11).

INSTRUCTION: You need to understand Biblical concepts.

PRAYER: I am washed and sanctified by the Name of Jesus via the Gospel, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The believer in Christ is not looking for sanctification. He is already sanctified.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOSHUA CHAPTER 8; EVENING: 1 JOHN CHAPTER 4

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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