A Common Regression in Holiness (part 2)

The voices calling for your holiness to be based on the same things as the prophets said are proof that attacks on the church are still happening, and the assaults come from entities that identify themselves as church. I love what Peter has to say about how we got it and how we certify it. Holiness is not stuff that puts the individual in better light with God than others. Make no excuses. Make no mistake! The tradition, no matter how grand, is inadequate.

I am confident that my holiness comes from Christ’s sacrifice. By that sacrifice alone – he by himself – removes my guilt, and he infuses life to the dead. That is primary holiness. It is a change of identity: new creation, redeemed and justified. It is the core of Christ’s mandate: to brings sons (children) to glory. The holiness we pursue is not identity. The holiness that is required – if we are expecting to see the Lord – is the cooperation we give to the avalanche of truth that the Holy Spirit makes available to us. We have infinitely many more days of journeying into the heart of God than those we spent coming to him. One has to have a low view of God to think that covering our bases with signs, symbols, festivals, prophecies and miracles can be the progress of Christian holiness.

18) 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; 19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

1 Peter 1:18-20

Our redemption and consequent holiness stand out in stark contrast to silver and gold and any other corruptible thing in anyone’s tradition.

Simply Faith, Hope, and Love

When either our identity or activity is shaped by how we treat people we can be certain our holiness (purity) does not need accusations or

21. Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22. Seeing all of you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto sincere love of the brethren, see that all of you love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1 Peter 1:21-22

Dis this and die

Having seen that loving people is God’s example and expectation how did those New Testament Pharisees dare to keep slapping loving God and circumcision on everything?

Sinai was not a love-in if we are measuring human love. They did not want to hear God’s words.

Commandments and obedience is what builds empires, cults, corrupt societies, and sin-laden peoples.

They did it with darkened minds, and all who try to cover their Christlessness with an obedience culture are swimming in deception.

All the earth; a very big deal

How excellent your name!!! The first and last expressions of Psalm 8 are identical. MAH ADDIR SHIMeKA is a striking call out and “all the earth” is an unstoppable attention-getter because it is the superlative expression of global harmony and community.

The narrative runs from the proposition to the punchline through one request and a few pitstops;

The storyline gets expanded only once from (1)” you remember humanity” (2) “you visit him” with YOU KEEP HIM LACKING JUST BELOW ANGELS

Narrative thread

  1. Request: Please put your glory above the heavens.
  2. Surely I keep looking at your heavens
  3. you remember humanity
  4. you visit him
  5. you chrown him
  6. you make him ruler

Wanna know who the actors are? By name? David and Yahweh.

This query – who are the actors? – highlights the peculiarity of usage of the divine name: God’s actual name. It is both mystery and enigma. Conscience demanded that Moses had a name to attach to his message to Pharaoh. The patriarchs, built altars and vocalized towards God using several distinct names.

  1. He was EL-something in patriarchal times; EL-OLAM, EL-BERIT, EL-ELYON etc.
  2. Adonay is not a name; it is “owner”, “lord”, a term one uses to show respect to one’s peers.
  3. Abigail’s servants used adoneynu of their boss Nabal (2 Sam. 25:14, 17).
  4. David is “our lord” (1Kgs. 1:11, 1Kgs. 1:43, 1Kgs. 1:47) spoken respectively by a Levite (priest’s son), Bathsheba, and David’s servants).
  5. “Our Lord” is also on the lips of the returned exiles (Neh. 8:10 , Neh. 10:29)

It is not merely curious that the sacred name YHWH is not spoken and that ADON takes its place. It is as if one rejects using one’s wife’s name, and insists of calling her “my wife”, “ISHTI” but the name, the same name, put into the temple, becomes a wall of injustice, a pretext for xenophobia. The excellence of the name is denied when women and Gentiles are treated as strangers to God’s glory and strangers to the glory assigned to all humans. Glory that is above the heavens has been dragged through earthly things: wood, precious metals, blood, leather, and fine cloths.

All the earth seems to be on the backburner for the religious classes who have their heads locked into place between law and prophet, between the secular and the profane. All the earth does not stand a chance in their books. They will have a mighty explanation for standing afar off when the call has been going out for God’s people to mingle with all the earth and spice things up with heaven’s light.