Jesus Christ Becomes our Holiness

New JerusalemIn Revelation 21:2, 10 and 22:19 New Jerusalem is called the holy city. New Jerusalem, as the consummation of everything positive in the Bible, is the ultimate expression of God’s holiness through His people.

God is unchangingly holy; His plan is to impart Himself into His people so that we may be holy with Him. This post is the first of a series looking through the Bible at God’s operating to make His people holy. This series will concentrate on God’s people; it will not touch holy days, holy garments, holy places, etc. Even so, this series will touch only a minority of the verses about God’s holy people; you are welcome to add verses in the comments.

Regarding holiness, God’s basic word to us is in Leviticus 11:44-45 and quoted in 1 Peter 1:16, “You shall be holy because I am holy.” We shall see that this is not an outward imitation of His holiness but rather the result of God in Christ becoming our holiness.

In the Old Testament God’s people would be a holy nation to Him if they obeyed His words and kept His covenant (Exo. 16:5-6). In the New Testament we are a holy nation as a result of the life received in regeneration (1 Peter 2:9, 1:23). Eventually New Jerusalem will be the holy nation including God’s people from all the ages.

The verses in the prior two paragraphs clearly present God’s desire. New Jerusalem is called the holy city because God will fulfill this desire to make all His people holy! Praise Him.

Photo of Liège, Belgium, from International Space Station, courtesy of NASA Johnson Space Center.

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