Holiness – Hebrew: kadosh

Holiness – 2 Corinthians 7:1

Hebrew – qados קדוש (kadosh) means holy, pure, dedicated to a specific purpose

Greek – hagiasmos – holy means to separate from sin and be consecrated to God, men are called to sanctify themselves through their calling, cleaning themselves from all defilement, forsaking sin, living a holy manner of life

“Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can define either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy out of reverence for God” (CJB).

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (NIV).

Holiness comes through ‘striving’ for a personal purification.  This is the removal of everything that contaminates body and spirit.  It is exemplified in the bronze laver in the Tabernacle.   It is important in the walk of holiness toward the Holy of Holies to use the commands of YHVH from both testimonies.  The former testimony outlines the purification of the body; the later testimony outlines the purification of the spirit.  Both are necessary; both are essential to ‘be completely holy out of reverence for God.”  Psalm 24:3-4 expresses 2 Corinthians 7:1 as clean hands (body) and pure hearts (spirit),  “Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai? Who can stand in his holy place?  THOSE WITH CLEAN HANDS AND PURE HEARTS.”  

I am reminded of Queen Esther, who though Queen of Persia, still had to approach the King, her husband,  in a holy manner.  If she did not, she would profane her husband’s name in his kingdom and bring him disgrace.  This is one of the reasons why Queen Vashti was removed.  It is important that though we can go boldly to the throne of grace (favor), that we remember protocol within a Kingdom.

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