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The Three Step Holiness Program

Posted by Job on March 2, 2007

I Peter 1:16 – Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Certain religious folk tell you that you have to be holy in order to please God, receive anything from God, or go to Heaven. They are correct. But they never tell you how to go about being holy. Or even worse, the way that they give you to go about being holy is wrong. As a matter of fact, it makes you LESS HOLY than you were before! So what is the answer to this great mystery? How does one become holy? What does one do to become holy? The first step is realizing that you don’t have to DO anything. Actually, you should realize that you CANNOT do anything. It is not a matter of your inability to be holy on your own, it is your inability to accomplish any sort of holiness in any manner, and also your inability to facilitate any sort of holiness in any way. Once you do that, you are well on your way to holiness! Let me explain. Humans are naturally vain, proud. We want to believe that we are basically good and that we can do good. As a result, we want to believe that we can make ourselves holy or at minimum make ourselves holy. Why? Because we believe that we are already good, and all that needs to happen is for us to become BETTER, to be better at what we are already good at, or to add more good things to what we already have and do, or make a small good a great one within us, or to become more effective or consistent with our goodness. But this is the opposite of truth. The truth is that we have to cast aside our pride and vanity, and realize that we have nothing good, we do nothing good, and we are nothing good. That nothing good can come from inside of us, but rather that all good must come from OUTSIDE of us. In short, we have to believe in original sin, that we are mere fallen Adams, totally thoroughly corrupt, wicked, and depraved, rebels against God, and furthermore exceptionally harmful because we are in the image of God and have and use power in our wicked state to work great evil. Lots of people KNOW original sin, but few believe and accept it and apply it to themselves. Until they do, they can never be holy because they can never get past that first step, and the first step must be taken before the second one can be reached.

What is that second step? Knowing that one becomes holy by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. If you have not done so, become saved – and holy – right now by following this three step process (http://healthelandgeneraldocuments.wordpress.com/2007/04/13/the-three-step-salvation-plan/). Once you are saved through Yeshua HaMashiach, then you receive the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is what makes you holy. It is simple as that, done, over with, completed forever, or as Jesus Christ said on the cross, “it is finished.” How is this possible? Well, there is none holy but God (I Samuel 2:2). The Holy Spirit is God (I John 5:5 – 9). And once you receive God you receive in you God’s Spirit (John 14:26) indwelling within you. And since God is holy, God in you makes you holy (Romans 15:16). It is as simple as that. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ makes you holy. There is nothing else that needs to be done. More to the point, there is nothing else that CAN BE DONE. Accept it, believe it, receive it, preach it, and act in it.

What is step three? Do not negate steps one and two. Satan will tell you that you are not holy. Your flesh will tell you that you are not holy. Many Christians, including men of renown as well as some sincere but misguided folk, will tell you that you are not holy. So, you will be tempted to believe that whereas before you were in Adam and unable to do anything to accomplish or establish your holiness because you were bad, that now because you are good you can do something to get yourself holy. Fasting, prayer, Bible study, works, abstaining, etc. You do realize that thoroughly wretched people are capable of doing the same, and it does not make THEM any more holy! In order for something to be useful to God, it has to be something that the wicked cannot do! And what is the one thing that the wicked cannot do? Call Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, Lord. So if you forget one and two and do the least little thing to try to be holy, then you transgress Romans 2:25: For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.”

See, this is the whole point of grace: God giving us something that we cannot earn and will never deserve. And we receive holiness by grace (Romans 5:17) just as we receive salvation the same (Galatians 2:21). And as Galatians 2:21 says, if you can gain anything given by grace through works, then Yeshua HaMashiach died in vain. So, if you try to accomplish anything given through grace by works, then you nullify what you received by grace. Why? Because you are telling God that you are worthy. That you are able to earn holiness. That you deserved holiness. Ultimately, that God did not give you holiness, but that you got it for yourself! That you do not need God, that you are not subject to God, that you stand in the place of God. In other words, you become Adam again! Did not Eve eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil to be “as the gods”? Eve rejected what she had already been given to her freely, unearned, and undeserving already: that she was already a god, a child of the Most High (Psalm 82:6)! She tried to accomplish through her own works what was given to her by grace, and thereby forfeited what was already hers through grace. The key for you, dear Christian, in matters concerning salvation, sanctification, holiness, and all other things received through grace, is to not do the same. Yeshua HaMashiach died for you, and He did not do so in vain. Do not reject what He did for you by claiming that He did not need to because you were good enough already.

You might say – and do so honestly! – how can I be holy if I do not feel or act holy? Is it a matter of faith? No, you were born with a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Is it a matter of works? No, works will not make you feel what you already are, and works will not even open your eyes to the fact that being saved your works and the fruit thereof are already holy and acceptable so long as you perform them in humility and obedience. No, it is a matter of RENEWING YOUR MIND, and that is a topic that is, while exceedingly important and necessary for spiritual maturity, for another day. If you desire assistance in that matter or have any other questions, please contact us at healtheland@.lpemail.com. May the peace of Elohim our creator through His Son and Word Yeshua HaMashiach be upon you from everlasting through everlasting!

Prayer: Father God in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ, may your people know that they do not have to seek or work on holiness because they are already made holy through Jesus Christ. Please, Lord, crush the liars and deceivers who mislead the sheep into thinking that they can or have to accomplish holiness themselves, or that anyone who is saved is not already holy. In the Name of Y’shua Hamashiach, amen!     Deliverance: The demons that work in this area are legalism, Judiazer, religion, false doctrine, false teaching, vanity, and pride. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!


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