Be Ye Holy For I Am Holy
This is not a suggestion as one may think that it is. It is a command from God.
Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Leviticus 19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
I Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Revelation 22: 1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
It can be deducted that to be born again one must receive the Word of God that is proceeding from the Lamb and the throne. It can also be ducted that the Word of God flows from where God is. On the day that Jesus hung from the cross a man was promised to be in paradise on that very day with Jesus and the authority used by Jesus was that he was God all the while he was hanging from the cross. All spoken words from Jesus as he hung on the cross can be applied to Revelation 22:1 as He had the authority to give eternal life to a thief that deserved to die in his sins. This sinner was baptized in the Word of God while he hung from his own cross.
Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
As Jesus finished speaking the words from Luke 23:43 the thief that hung across from Jesus was baptized in the Word of God. This is due to the fact that as Jesus hung from the cross He retained all authority of God, therefore He was able to promise with His Word that this man would be with Him in paradise.
When we are holy presented unto God the following attributes are enabled from Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
As the Word is God and the Word is with God it is easy to apply holiness to the promises that Jesus speaks. He said to be holy as I am holy was applied to the thief as he repented of his sinfulness and his sinful nature. Jesus recognized his repented state and rewarded him with eternal life in the presence of God and all His Holy creation. It could be said that this thief was not tested as he was given eternal life at his crucifixion just before he was to die. It could be counter argued that his test of faith was to announce to the world that the man hanging across from him was the only one that had the authority to save him. I say that he passed with flying colors because Jesus pronounced an eternal blessing on him. The other thief was not as blessed as he failed to recognize the deity of the man across from him. The Word of God is a blessing or it is a pronunciation of a curse. Recognize the deity of Jesus and receive a blessing in holiness or denounce Jesus as God and the same spoken Word of God will be a curse to you.
John12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
Be ye holy as I am holy.