A Holy Life
A HOLY LIFE
Matthew 1:21 states, “ and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” The New Will and Testament left by Jesus at his death and resurrection enables man to live a holy life. Holy means without sin. It is taught throughout the New Testament that God expects us to live holy. Jesus taught that the gospel standard was living free from sin. [John 8:3-11,34-36] the apostle declares “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” [1Peter 2:21-22] Paul also taught living a holy life. [1 Cor. 15:34-35; Romans 6:1-2,11-12,14, 17-18,22]. The apostle John taught in his epistles that …” the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” [1John 1:7-9] Also 1 John 3:6, 5:13 teaches the same principle of a sinless life.
According to the scriptures, worldliness is sin, besides the transgression of God’s laws. Sin is also defined in 1John 3:4; 5:17; James 4:17. However, in 1 John 2:15-16 we are taught that to partake of the spirit of the world is sin. Jesus taught in John 17:14-16 that God’s people are not of the world and prayed that they be kept from the evil of the world. We are taught not set our affection on the things of this world [Col 3:1-2] Other scriptures teaching us to forsake the world in Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:2; Galatians 1:4; John 15:19; 2 Timothy 2:22.
The apostle Paul warns us not to be conformed to this world in Romans 12:2. We are taught to adorn our lives with the fruit of the Spirit in Gal 5:22-23 when we display the beauties of salvation to the lost world.