by Robert Breaker III




The Lord commands all Christians in 1 Peter 1:15-16: "But as he which hath called you is HOLY, so be ye HOLY in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye HOLY; for I am HOLY."

Holiness is an important Bible doctrine.  The word Christian means Christ Like.  This means a Christian should try with all his might to wholly live a holy life.

Again in Romans 12:1-2 we read: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, HOLY, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

And once more, we read the following from the apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

The Bible commands Christians to live a holy, sanctified, spirit filled, separate life.  But how do those who call themselves Christians today line up with this command?  Sadly, they are anything but holy. 

The saying is: "The church is getting worldly and the world is getting churchy."

It's common to see people today who claim to be Christians, but they do not live a separated, holy life.  In fact, many times they are more worldly than the lost, world!  But this ought not so to be.

In 2 Timothy 1:9 we read, "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."

Christ's are called to be holy!

Now, holiness doesn't bring salvation.  But, the desire to live holy is the fruit of salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

Clearly we are not saved by works, but once we are saved, we should work for our Lord who loved us enough to die for our sins.  We work not to get saved, rather because we are saved.

God desires all who are saved to live a holy life, especially pastors, preachers, and missionaries. In Titus 1:7-9 we read:  For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers."

Why does God desire Christians to live holy?  1 Peter 2:9 gives the answer:  "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."

Christians are to live a holy life in order to show praises to God!

Christians should also live a holy life to show the lost world they are different.  Notice 2 Peter 1:21: "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

The prophets of old were holy and separated, and spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  They could speak against sin, because they were not partaking of the same sins of those around them.

The only way to reach the lost and dying world of today is not by getting into the hog pen with them, rather practicing what you preach, and living a separated, spirit-filled life for the glory of God.  Are you a Christian?  Are you actively trying to live a holy life?  If not, SHAME ON YOU!

Now you know the truth of holy living.  If you are saved, you need to live for God!  You need to separate yourself from sin and the world, and you need to walk in the spirit so you fulfill not the wicked desires of the flesh.



"Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word. He who most entirely agrees with God, that one is the most holy man."
- J.C. Ryle