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Living Water 29
The greatest, most overpowering agony of mine in prayer these last forty-years is for God's people to not only be holy, but to have a firm revolution that overthrows centuries of nonsense about what holiness is, Covenantally, in the Judeo-Christian Bible. The Biblical definition of holiness is set apart from every pagan religious idea of holiness because pagan demoniacs will focus on externals, getting back to a primitive lifestyle, or a long list of what to do or what not to do, long prayers to be seen of men, extremes of fasting, dress, or anniversary keeping, and everything else that's the furthest manifestation from the Biblical concept of holiness. Holiness in the Bible isn't having a “symbol” of authority on one's head, but living with God as His Body. Scriptural holiness is about fully animating God through these physical bodies to all of Creation. It is maintaining a vital, living union expressing the will of Christ, our High Priest, in everything we say and do, as it says in 1Thessalonians 3:
12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. 1Thessalonians 3:12-13
This isn't talking about holiness being put off until some Apocalyptic event. This is pointing us back to Ephesians chapter 1 that says we walk out our holiness in union with the steps that Christ Jesus wants to take through us. Ephesians 4 in continuing the same pattern regarding it's message of holiness speaks of our growing into Him through our unity with expressing the will of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers by our expressions of their teachings. Though it's a touchy subject for some, Ephesians 5 carries on the same message of holiness by saying wives are holy to the degree that they are expressing the will of their Scripturally-based husbands. We see in Ephesians a unique chain of holiness with our being holy as we express the will of Christ, in Ephesians 1, with letting Him be the Head of our lives, then we're told this is practically done by expressing the doctrines of our Christian teachers in Christ, in Ephesians 4, all within contexts of holiness. Holiness sets the setting of Ephesians 1 in the 4th verse, it is the setting of Ephesians 4 in the 24th verse, and it's the setting of a wife in Ephesians 5:27. We're told in 1Corinthians 7 that our children are holy and as we compare 1Corinthians 7 with the statements about children in Ephesians 6, Colossians 3, and 1Thessalonians 2 it's clear that children are holy because they're expressing the headship of Christ in Ephesians 1, by expressing the doctrines of their Christian teachers in Ephesians 4, within the framework of obeying their parents that are properly aligned in the Body with Christ as the Head and ordained Christian ministry as the Spine.
1Thessalonians 3:12-13 that we looked at a minute or two ago, says we're established blameless in holiness when we're going everywhere Christ is going. Ephesians 4 says that's communicated from the Head through the Spine of Ordained Ministers, while in Ephesians 5 that's transmitted to the woman and later to her children in Ephesians 6 through the nerve-endings of the husband that are permeating their lives with the signals received from Christ as Head through the Spine of His Ordained Ministers. Hebrews 12 says:
14 Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14
This isn't talking about going to heaven, but about seeing His will flowing down to you as your Head through the Spine of His Ordained Ministers in a context of wholesome marriages that are expressing heaven on earth as Hebrews goes onto say in chapter 13 verse 4. Ephesians 4:7-12 says the grace of God is brought to you through the revelation of Christ through His Ordained Ministers. Therefore, 1Peter 1:3-16 carries on with this same theme that holiness is walking in 24/7 receptivity to receiving and expressing the will of Christ, our High Priest:
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1Peter 1:13-16
Remembering what we just reviewed from Ephesians about holiness for women and children being the expression of the Headship of Christ Jesus through the Spine of His Ordained Ministers via the nerve-endings of the husband and father permeating all aspects of their lives we have an additional witness to this truth about women having their holiness through their husbands, in submission to the Word of God in 1Peter 3:
1 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. 7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. 8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For “husbands/wives who would love life and see good days, let husbands/wives refrain his/her tongue from evil, and his/her lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him/her turn away from evil and do good; let him/her seek peace/prosperity and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against husbands/wives who do evil.” 1Peter 3:1-12
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I pray for those who've been wrestling with holiness issues, presuming it was the absence or an excess of makeup, depending on whether they've got Pentecostal or Charismatic backgrounds, or for those who've thought it was a certain style of dress, or about 9 million things they were meticulous about not doing EVERY SINGLE DAY that they'll have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Scriptures actually have to say about holiness being a living communion with Christ the Head, continuing in His Word via all of the means that He's given us to do so, and that they'll be doers of the Word, not hearers only; living lives as living expressions of Christ their Head, with hearts established in New Testament blamelessness before our God and Father, EVERYWHERE Christ Jesus goes through them to express His love.
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