Thoughts on Holiness from Exodus 19-20

dtI am currently reading through the Old Testament and today I read up to Exodus 21. Most of us would be familiar with Exodus 20 because that is the first place the 10 Commandments are recorded.

I am not going to draw our attention to the commandments but the preparation to receive the commandments.

Exodus 19: 5-6, 10 NIV “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, (6) you will be for me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” (10) “And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them was their clothes”.

Does that portion of scripture remind us of anything in the New Testament? 1 Peter 2:9 NIV “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light”.

Before the commandments were given the call to holiness was given and after the commandments were given the call to holiness was affirmed, Exodus 20:20 NIV “God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning”.

For some reason in the Christian community “law” and “rules are seen as wrong and sometimes even sinful, but the fact of the BIBLE is we are called to holiness and the commandments help us to walk holy. Now that is not to say we are saved by keeping commandments, we are saved by grace, but the fruit of keeping with repentance, Matthew 3:8, is holiness.

the easy grace mentality is not a biblical mentality, Paul said in Romans, shall we sin that grace may abound? The answer is no, God has called us and through the Holy Spirit, empowered us to be holy and Hebrews 12:14 tells us that without holiness no man shall see the Lord. Scripture tells us many times over, that drunks, adulterers, liars, and the like will have no part of heaven.

Jesus told us that the way of heaven is narrow, Isaiah 35:8 says it is a way of holiness.

As believers let us remember the Words of Jesus, that He did not come to destroy but fulfill the law and until all is fulfilled none is done away with. As believers we need to receive passages like the 10 Commandments as an encouragement in our walk.

People often point to scripture that says without the law we wouldn’t know sin, that may be true, however we must remember without sin we would have known holiness without the law but now that there is sin we need the law so we know holiness.

Jesus didn’t do away with law, on the contrary, He said He would write it on our hearts.

As we live our daily lives we must remember grace is for a holiness enabled life, not a sin allowing life. The grace of salvation covers sin and the grace of Sanctification destroys sin and fills us with love.

Holy Spirit enabled holiness comes through knowing and living the Word and part of the Word is commandments, after all, Jesus gave an additional command.

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