We continue our journey through “The Hole in Our Holiness” By Kevin DeYoung with chapter 2, The Reason for Redemption.
Why did God save you?
Because He loves you? Yes, according to John 3:16. For the praise of his own name? Yes again, according to Eph. 1:6, 12, 14. But there is another answer just as good and just as biblical; your holiness. Look at Eph. 1:4 “Just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. ” That we should be (that is not future tense but present tense) holy and blameless. He redeemed us to give us life. A holy life.
This has been God’s modus operandi since way back to the Egyptian bondage days. Exodus 19:4-6 gives God’s reasoning for delivering the Israelites out of their bondage concluding with this statement, ” you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” God rescued Israel unto holiness. From bondage to holiness, that was the plan. And we see this echoed in the New Testament as well from 1 Peter 2:5, “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
God is still rescuing people from bondage and to holiness. Amen? Read carefully the following verses:
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with mein the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began 2 Tim. 1:8-9
For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 2 Thess. 4:7
Our salvation is not just simply a “get out of hell free card.” We have not only been saved from something; we have been saved to something. That something is holiness. DeYoung asserts, “The reason for your entire salvation, the design behind your deliverance, the purpose for which God chose you in the first place is your holiness.”
But this is only one half of the reason for redemption. Tomorrow the other half!