Devotion 3: Perfecting Holiness
"...beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit,
making holiness perfect in the fear of God."
2 Corinthians 7:1
I thought that being holy was being perfect. How can holiness be made perfect and how do we make it perfect?
By fearing God.
Obedience without the fear of God is really either self-centeredness or self-righteousness.
If holiness is setting ourselves apart to implicit and faithful obedience to the will and way of God, then it must be accompanied:
(a) with a proper consciousness and acknowledgement in faith that God is the Judge of all our intentions and actions (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Hebrews 11:6).
(b) with the worship of God in Christ alone, and no other. We are to love God and other but we are to worship God and God alone. God in Christ is not merely to be number one on a long list of names of those to worship and direct our prayers. He is to be the only name on that list.
(c) with the aim to glorify Him and Him alone on earth. In other words, in contemporary parlance, make God look good before others. All our intentions and actions are to reflect the presence of God in Christ on the earth even as Jesus walked the earth over two thousand years ago. If one is to see Jesus, He can only be seen in you.
To follow God with such an attitude of faith is to fear God and thereby live a life in increasing holiness (Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 1:17; 2 Peter 1:5-9).
"And if ye call on the Father...pass the time of your sojourning here in fear."