Have you ever gone into a jewelry store and looked at an exquisitely beautiful diamond?
Of all the gems in the world, the diamond is considered to be one of the most attractive jewels that can be fashioned by man. Every facet is cut to bring out the greatest amount of sparkling light from that precious gem. That is what holiness looks like to God – the most brilliant diamond we could ever imagine!
When it comes to holiness, God wants us to cherish it like one of those beautiful diamonds. It must be glorious and exceedingly precious in our eyes. It must also be something we desire above everything else in this world. It represents the very essence of the nature of God Himself, and He wants it to be the core of who we are in Christ.
Each facet of this lovely diamond represents a different aspect of Holiness. As we look at each facet we get a different revelation of what holiness is and how it works in our lives. This revelation cannot come from our own understanding, it must be given to us by the Holy Spirit. He is the One who fashions the holiness of God in our lives. He started it when He set us apart from the world, and He is also the One who brings it to perfection, as we walk with Him.
This is the reason why holiness cannot be taught in one lesson. There are so many different aspects to holiness, that we have to look at it from many different angles to get the whole picture. Here is a brief list of the various facets of holiness: Love, grace, humility, wisdom, righteousness, the sainthood of all believers, being set apart, the New Man, the New Creation, repentance, confession of sins, the fear of the Lord, the beauty of holiness, the Bride of Christ, the Spirit of Holiness, the temple of God, and many more.
Each aspect of holiness cannot be fully appreciated by our intellect alone. Too often we try to grasp spiritual truths through the lens of our natural ability. It is impossible to comprehend the things of God this way. We need the revelation of the Holy Spirit in order to understand these truths!
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)
This means that spiritual truths cannot be understood by our natural minds, we need the Holy Spirit to teach them to our spirits. This is why the Apostle Paul also wrote:
“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:13 NKJV)
When the Holy Spirit reveals these things to us, He doesn’t reveal it to our minds, He shows it to our spirits. Once the understanding has come to our spirits, then our minds are able to grasp and process these truths, so that we are able to act them out of our lives. If we do not have a revelation of holiness in our spirits, we will never be able to effectively live it out in our lives.
Just as we can see light through each facet of a diamond, we can also see a different aspect of holiness through each of these truths. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us that light of revelation on every truth concerning the holiness of God. This is why we need to have a deep personal relationship with the Holy Spirit in order to know how to live a holy life.
The greater the light we have in our hearts, the more we will live a holy life. As a spiritual babe in Christ, we are holy, but we will not walk at the same level of holiness as a more mature saint, because it is a growing process. Does that make sense to you?
God wants His children to grow in holiness. We grow by getting a greater and greater revelation of holiness and then applying it to our lives. It is not what you know that makes you live a holy life, it is what you do. God wants you to act holy, because you are holy.
You are holy. dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]