Saturday, February 12, 2011

Holiness without Jesus?

QUESTION:
How do other religions use the word holy, or do they?


ANSWER:
Of the many world religions the word holy is common. What it means is completely different to the Christian context of our holy God. Our God is separate from all creation and completely and always with out sin. In other world religions "holy" can mean a higher level of consciousness. In other religions holy can mean "with out sin." Scripture says in Romans 3:23 that "for all have sinned and follow short of the glory of God." All people need the Savior. Sinners [all men even religious figures] need the Savior.

Jesus Christ who was fully God, fully man, is holy and with out sin. His death on the cross was valid due to His sinless life. Believers receive His righteousness as Christ became our sin and was punished in our place where we can have Peace and fellowship with God. The Lamb of God, Jesus, was and is Holy.

John 1:29 [NASB} "29The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Through the work on the cross done, and only possibly done by Jesus Christ, we have peace with God.

Romans 5:1 [NASB] " Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"


The Old Testament proclaims there is no one or thing, man or pagan deity, holy

1Samuel 2:2 [NASB]

"There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God."

No rock is like our God. God alone is God.

Only Jesus Christ the Holy one of God is and was sinless.

Hebrews 7:26 [NASB] "26For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;"

No other religion understands holiness apart from God. They can only be Holy in the eyes of God by the victorious work of God's Son on the cross.

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