Holiness comes through Jesus Christ. Before we come to know Jesus and accept Him as Lord and savior, we were separated from God because of sin. Our way of thinking was not according to the Spirit of God but according to worldly principles. Sin did not bother us. We were “alienated and enemies in our mind in our evil deeds” (Colossians 1:22-23). But the moment we sincerely accepted Jesus Christ into our heart and allowed Him to be our Master and God, sin started to bother us. Our spirit does not feel comfortable with sinning. This regeneration of our inner self is not man made or a result of our own will. It is a rebirth of the spirit because God’s spirit took residence in us. It is God’s working in us that renewed our way of thinking, and consequently, our way of life. Then, we ceased being alienated from God but we became friends of God. Jesus Christ brought us peace with God.
Jesus Christ transforms our life and through His death, He presents us holy and without defect and blameless before God (Colossians 1:23). The blood of Jesus Christ cleansed us from sin and purified us and through His death, our defect was removed and we become blameless before God. Jesus makes us holy. To partake in the holiness that God offers is to work in full cooperation with God. Obedience to God marks a renewed life. Obedience to God is necessary for a holy life.
“…as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior, because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”– 1 Peter 1:14-16 (WEB)
Holiness is a continuing process and action of faith. It is the will of God that we live blameless lives but this could only happen when we have deliberate, intentional, and continuing faith. Once we started following Jesus, we should not stop living to please Him. We could not be “without defect and blameless before God” if we stopped in our walk of faith. Our faith should be a continuing forward move. At times it may slow down, move down hill, then move up again, have some short pauses, but it should never completely stop.
“You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil deeds, yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without defect and blameless before him, if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I, Paul, was made a servant.”– Colossians 1:21-23 (WEB)
To continue in the faith is to remain grounded in it, to be steadfast, and not turning away from the Good News. To be grounded is to be stable emotionally and mentally. Being grounded in faith means we do not easily fall away because we have deep knowledge and conviction of the truth in Jesus Christ. To be steadfast in our faith is to remain firmly fixed in Jesus Christ. We are immovable in our faith in God. We do not change our minds and easily get entagled with other beliefs especially contrary to what God says in His Word.
Therefore, Jesus Christ can present us as holy, without defect, and blameless before God, if we continue in our faith in Jesus. What is the use of knowing Jesus yet abandoning the faith halfway?
Whatever the world throws at us, we should continue in the faith. Whatever diverse teachings arise, we should remain firmly fixed in the truth of His Word. Whatever problems that come our way, we should continue to walk in our faith. Keep moving, keep walking, and keep looking ahead towards the goal. Keep obeying the Lord.