The Purest of the Pure
God will never see holiness in us unless He sees Jesus in us.
We shouldn’t be concerned when we come across things in the Bible that puzzle us. God’s Word is a book with many layers, kind of like an onion. Some verses are more on the surface and easily understood, while others are deeper and take more time.
The Bible’s teaching on holiness is one of those deeper truths. We clearly understand verses that say, “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23). But when we run across a verse that says, “But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God–who chose you to be his children–is holy” (1 Peter 1:15)–well, that’s tough to understand. How can sinners be holy?
The only way for us to be holy before God is for God to see Jesus–the purest of the pure–in our lives. Our job isn’t to try to be holy, but to let Jesus live through us.
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you…with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him for this purpose….And he did this for you. 1 Peter 1:18-20