That word “holy” keeps popping up in Hebrews. Christ has cleansed us from sin, and made us holy. His sacrifice has perfected us forever, and we “are being made holy” (v. 14). That’s great. But it doesn’t help unless we can visualize how holy people live.
Here’s a checklist with some characteristics of holy people, drawn from verses 19–39.
- Holy people draw near to God in full assurance of faith (v. 19).
- Holy people hold unswervingly to the hope Christians profess (v. 23).
- Holy people spur each other on to love and good deeds (v. 24).
- Holy people meet together regularly to encourage one another in the faith (v. 25).
- Holy people don’t sin deliberately (v. 26).
- Holy people are willing to suffer insult and persecution when these are offered (v. 33).
- Holy people stand by those who are mistreated (v. 33).
- Holy people accept confiscation of their property, without throwing away their confidence (vv. 34–35).
- Holy people simply try to do the will of God, deeming this the most important thing in this present life (v. 36).
- Holy people joyfully expect Jesus to come in just a little while, and are satisfied to wait for rewards until then (vv. 36–39).
That doesn’t seem so hard, does it? Not for those cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Set out to be holy because you are holy.
“Practical holiness is the only holiness of any value in this world, and the only kind the Holy Spirit of God will endorse.”—Oswald Chambers