Being and becoming holy

Question:

As the people of God, are we already holy, or
are we supposed to become holy?

If you think this is a trick question, you’re right!  To find out why the answer is a hope-filled and committed Yes! to both parts of the question, I direct you to a message I gave recently.  You can read it here or download an mp3 of it for a limited time here.

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2 thoughts on “Being and becoming holy

  1. Curt Gesch says:

    About Greek: I don’t know it. I wonder if the word used for Ananias–“devout”–corresponds at all to the those who were observant of the laws, worshipped the one God, but had not been circumcized, fully “converted.” This term is a technical one in some passages. Maybe you can look that up and tell me. This doesn’t detract from your point, either way.

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  2. SjG says:

    Interesting comment, Curt! My concordance has two related Greek words for devout, both having the same English definition. The word that describes Ananias in Ac 22:12 (εύσεβης, adjective) also describes the Jews in Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost (Ac 2:5), the men who buried Stephen (Ac 8:2), and Cornelius the centurion (Ac 10:2). The other Greek word for devout (σεβομαι, verb) describes the women of high standing in Pisidian Antioch (Ac 13:50), numerous Greek people in Thessalonica (Ac 17:4), and yet other Greek people in Athens (Ac 17:17). It would appear that the latter is used only to describe Gentiles while the former is used to describe both. Beyond this, I’d have to consult with someone who is more proficient than I with biblical languages. –Stanley

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