We Have Been Made Holy [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — August 31, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
Whoever is in Christ is holy.
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)
I like to collect golf logo balls from special courses where I’ve played. In 2010, my son and I were privileged to play the famous Torrey Pines course near San Diego. Two years earlier, Tiger Woods won the US Open there in an epic play off. Torrey Pines is beautiful, set along the bluffs of La Jolla beach. We played thirty-six holes that day. I’ll never forget it.
As we were leaving, I bought a golf ball in the pro shop with a Torrey Pines logo on it. I don’t play golf with that ball. I don’t want to risk hitting in a lake or losing it in the woods. That golf ball is set apart. That’s what it means to be holy.
Though most Christians are uncomfortable declaring it, we have been made holy.
It’s not something we attain through any effort of our own or by any merit within ourselves. Holiness is something that is accomplished for us by Christ. To be holy simply means to be set apart. It means to belong to God.
It’s vital to know, believe and confess your holiness because only that which is holy is allowed into the inmost sanctum of God’s presence.
When Jesus performed the miracle of the net-bursting fish catch for Simon Peter, the fisherman’s instinctive reaction displayed the posture of an “unholy” person who encounters the holiness of God: “When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.’” (Luke 5:8)
Peter was terrified because, knowing himself unclean, he couldn’t imagine being in the presence of Someone so holy. Peter asked the One Person who could save him to get away from him.
It’s a huge problem if it feels necessary to ask the Savior, Healer and Deliverer to move far away. It’s tragic if you feel you cannot have access to the One Person who can help you most.
That’s why God did the work for us. The writer of Hebrews says it succinctly: “We have been made holy….” It’s an established fact for every Christian. You’re holy. You’re set apart. You are treasured by God because you belong to God so you can always be in the presence of God And that’s the Gospel!