“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.”
1Peter 1: 15-16
The Lord spoke through Haggai to priests about the laws of holiness. He asked them if one is holy touches someone/thing unclean will that one become holy. The answer, “No.” He then asked if someone unclean touches another will it make that one unclean. The answer, “Yes.”
The coronavirus may not be a perfect example of this law of clean & unclean but it comes close. If, for instance, you are healthy free from the virus, can you touch someone infected with the virus and make her well? Of course, not. By the same token if the one sick with the virus touches you, will you be made sick? Very probably.
The seed of sin dwells in the flesh and easily influences others in that direction through words and the inclination of the flesh to feed on its desires. 1John 2: 16 explains the natural virus dwelling in us from birth.
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
The flesh must die for it is unclean. The unclean cannot touch that which is holy. The unclean has passed death to us all. Paul tells us,
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…For the wages of sin is death.” Rom. 5:12; 6:23a.
If the truth ended here, all would be left hopeless. The unclean can’t cleanse the unclean. There would be no place for us to be obedient to the Lord’s command to be holy. But the truth doesn’t end here. Only One who has never tasted in himself the sickness of sin can overcome the virus of sin that leads to death. Christ is that One. There was no blemish of sin found in Him.
“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; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1Pet. 1:18,19.
“For he hath made min to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2Cor. 5: 21
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one: much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ…For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Rom. 5:17,19”
Paul explains in Romans 6 how the flesh dies to find life. We must be vaccinated with the death of Christ, join Him in death.
“Know ye not,
that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection;
that our old man is crucified with him,
that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin…
For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Rom 6: 3-7, 23.
Sin’s power over us is death. Jesus Christ, the sinless one, became our sin, took our death, and gave us life. He raised us from the dead even as the Father raised Him. His offering was and is acceptable. He has made us holy before the Father, enabling us to walk in holiness. This is our standing before God as we walk this earth with Christ.
Now it is time to learn to walk in this calling of holiness that is ours.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation
wherewith ye are called”
Eph. 4: 1
Now by the blood of Christ you are ready to heed Paul’s exhortation in Rom. 12:1, 2.
“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 (in its sin), but be ye transformed (into the holy image of Christ) by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
(The parenthesis added by author.)
The people hearing Haggai’s message to consider their ways, excused themselves by saying it wasn’t the right time to tend to the Lord’s house. It didn’t hold water then and it won’t today. We, His followers, are His temple. May we keep building it in holiness to the glory of the Father.
“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:
Being born again,
not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible,
by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever:
For all flesh is a s grass,
and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the lord endureth for ever.
And this is the word which
by the gospel is preached unto you.”
1Peter 1: 22-25.
You only have this moment. What will you do with it?