Holiness

One of the least studied books of the bible deals with one of the most important topics concerning man today. The theme of the book of Leviticus can be stated in one word, holiness. It deals with the question, “How can holy God live with unholy man?” While Moses was on the mountain receiving instructions from God concerning the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place among man, the people grew impatient below and demanded Aaron make them a golden calf. The result of this was God’s proclamation that for him to live among man at this point could carry dire consequences. God told Moses, “If for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you” (Exodus 33:5). Man’s sin seemed to have halted God’s plans to, once again, dwell with man.
However, God’s love for man was so great that he was able to find a way to resolve this dangerous situation. The entire book of Leviticus contains information concerning how unholy man could live with holy God. Sacrifice and burnt offerings have long since past, but the problem of sin still remains and the question still lingers, “How can holy God live with unholy man?”
The pursuit of holiness is one of the greatest needs of the church today. Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). In context, Jesus was saying that it is not good enough to be as good as everyone else is. To be acceptable before God you must be holy. Of course, one may say that we are saved by grace and not by works of righteousness (Ephesians 2:8-10). Yet Paul urged us not to be lulled to sleep when it comes to being holy. “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1,2).
Let us consider the holiness God demanded of his people in the Old Testament. The covenant may have changed, but God remains the same.

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