User blogs

Tag search results for: "definition"
Jim Admin

I would like to share with you with a lesson I learned many years ago regarding testing a word's meaning.

This post was spurred on by a post that I read earlier today which was quite good in many respects, but it had this statement in it:
"This means that holiness is the means of learning moral truth and achieving pure motives." I don't consider this an accurate definition and I will tell you why. To test a possible definition of a word to see if it is an acceptable and accurate, you put the definition into the sentence where the word would normally be.
So, for example, the reference to the Holy Spirit would be to suggest that the Spirit of the Living God (Ruach ha Kodesh) is the spirit that is learning moral truth and achieving pure motives. Clearly that definition fails.
The Lord is holy. He is most certainly not on a quest to learn moral truth and achieve pure motives, since He is the very definition of Truth, and the means by which we can measure what pure motives even are.
The term holy is translated from a few different Hebrew and Greek words which have the combined meaning as follows:
separate from things profane, dedicated to God, pure, clean, free from the impurity of wickedness, likeness in nature to the Lord, different from the world, undefiled, set apart, sanctified, sacred
We are told to "Be holy, because I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16
Which is to say that we are to walk in the world even as the Lord walked in the world, separate from things profane, dedicated to God, pure, clean, free from the impurity of wickedness, different from the world, undefiled, set apart, sanctified, sacred.
1 John 2:3-6 (KJV)3 And hereby we do know that we know him,IF we keep his commandments.4 He that saith, I know him,and keepeth not his commandments,is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5 But whoso keepeth his word,in him verily is the love of God perfected:hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in himought himself also so to walk,even as he walked.
One could rightly say that we are called to be holy in all manner of thought and action, but it's pretty clear that holiness is not, "the means of learning moral truth and achieving pure motives."
James 4:7-10 (KJV)7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; andpurify your hearts, ye double minded.9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,and he shall lift you up.
Romans 8:13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Colossians 3:5-10 (KJV)5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him
We are to be consecrated for holy use, similar to the instruments that were cleansed from all evil that were used in the holy of holies in the inner most chamber of the template of the Lord.
To be holy, we must daily crucify our flesh and forsake all evil thoughts and ways and walk by the Spirit.
Romans 12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Jim Jan 3 '18 · Tags: holiness, test, definition, holy