We Have Been Made Holy [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — August 30, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
If you are in Christ, you are holy. You’re 100 percent, completely holy to God.
Today’s Text: “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10, NIV)
Most Christians are perfectly comfortable declaring of themselves: “I am a child of God.” Most are at home with the statement: “I am forgiven.” Bold Christians might even announce: “I am an heir of God.” But there’s a self-defining statement that, by my observation, most are quite uncomfortable to confess.
“I am holy.”
Try saying it out loud.
“I am holy.”
If you’re like most, it feels, well, disingenuous or self-righteous to say it. We know that we still sin. We know that we are far from perfect. So, we’ve been trained to say things like: “I’m no saint.”
It’s important to call yourself holy because that’s what God calls you.
The writer of Hebrews says it plainly: “We have been made holy….” According to the Word of God, holiness isn’t a goal to aspire toward – it is a reality to accept.
If you’re a Christian, you’re holy. It means you’ve been set apart unto God. It means that you belong to God. It doesn’t mean that you are better, more gifted or more righteous than anyone else. It means that God has redeemed you, forgiven you, credited you with Jesus’ righteousness so that you would be utterly and completely His.
Knowing yourself holy (rather than striving to become holy) is essential for all Gospel-empowered living. The Good News of the Gospel is good because Jesus made holy those who couldn’t make themselves holy. This knowledge not only delights our souls but also empowers us because we tend to think and behave in accord with our self-identity.
It is a far better (and more powerful) thing to wake up in the morning and say, “I am holy” than to say, “I’m no saint.” The more that you know yourself holy, the more you are going to live in accord with your established holiness. Say it until you get comfortable with it: “I am holy.” The more you believe it, the more you’ll live it. And that’s the Gospel!