And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness! The entire top of the mountain where the Temple is built is holy. Yes, this is the basic law of the Temple. Ezekiel 43:12 (NLT)

Prayers in the Western Wall, Image: Jeroen van Oostrom / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Upon reading this portion of Scripture this morning, I cannot help but wonder if I could attain such status. Holiness–people cringe or avoid such topics whenever it is discussed. But can we really avoid it when God’s word clearly asks it from us?

What is holiness? Wikipedia gives this definition: Holiness is the state of being holy or sacred. Holiness is being clean or pure, to be holy is to be like God. Whew!

Can we ever be holy? The Bible says yes!

Can an act as simple as this truly make us holy? Again, the Bible says yes! 

 

We find this in Hebrews 10:8-10, “First he [Jesus] said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them’—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Here is another one found in Colossians 1:22, “Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”

Through the finished and  completed sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, we are made holy. If we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross.

Can an act as simple as this truly make us holy? Again, the Bible says yes!

Ephesians 2:8 tells this: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–” Saved from what? Verse 3 of the same chapter tells us that we are saved from God’s wrath. Check it out for yourselves.

Im glad that I have put my faith and trust in Jesus. The Bible says in Acts 4:12 that, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” The name that the Apostle is referring to is the name of Jesus.

Can you be holy as required by God? The answer is yes, when you put your faith in Jesus.