Yesterday was holiness looks like God’s image being renewed in us and holiness looks like a life of virtue instead of vice. Today we briefly consider three more real deal looks at what holiness is.
3. Holiness looks like a clean conscience. DeYoung writes, ‘One of the great blessings of justification is a clean conscience before God. The accusations of the Devil can be silenced by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 12:10-11; cf. Rom. 8:1; Zech. 3:2). The Bible has a fair amount to say about our conscience. DeYoung list 5 passages:
Romans 2:15 bears witness to how our conscience can either accuse or excuse us.
Hebrews 10:22 states we can have an evil conscience that turns us towards sin.
1 Tim. 4:2 tells us we can have a seared conscience that makes one no longer feel bad toward sin.
1 Cor. 8:7-12 says we can have a weak conscience that feels badly for the wrong things.
Titus 2:15 says we can have a defiled conscience that blinds us in discerning right from wrong.
Notice that these are mostly dealing with “unclean” consciences. The beauty of holiness and the beauty of pursuing virtue is a clean conscience. The Apostle Paul strove for this, “This being so I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense before God and men.” Holiness does not minimize that “voice” that says, “maybe you shouldn’t do this.” Holiness refrains when in doubt. Holiness does not fear what others may find out about you and holiness can lay its’ head down on the pillow at night and sleep sound.
4. Holiness looks like obedience to God’s commands. God did not give us the Ten Commandments to stifle our fun but to protect us from ourselves. Sin lies. Sin destroys. It promises everything and delivers nothing. There is incredible beauty in the commandments of God. There is life there too. God really does have your best interest at heart and has given ample instructions on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The issue is will we obey? Holiness is life in its intended beauty.
5. Holiness looks like Christlikeness. “The whole goal of our salvation is that we should be conformed to the image of God’s Son (Rom. 8:29). We see in Jesus the best, most practical, most human example of what it means to be holy. He is our model for love (John 13:34), our model for humility (Phil. 2:5-8), our model for facing temptation (Heb. 4:15), our model for steadfastness in the face of suffering (1 Pet. 4:1-2), and our model for obedience to the father (John 6:38; 14:31).’ Holiness looks like Jesus’ life.