The focal point of our calling is holiness – without which, says Paul, no man shall see the Lord. Holiness is a very comprehensive and expressive term. Its basic meaning is “set apart or separated.” James expresses this separateness as keeping ourselves “unspotted from the world.” Now John says that “ All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” Holiness, then, is a state of cleanness, and a state of cleanness is accomplished by obedience to God’s commandments. There is no other standard. They must be kept in daily remembrance, and they must be kept.
We have been called with an holy calling – called to glory and virtue – called to be sons of God. When Jesus appears in his Kingdom, they that will be with him will not only be called, but they will be chosen and faithful.
Oh, may these thoughts possess each breast, Where’er we rove, where’er we rest; And since Thou dost Thy children see, May we be holy like to Thee.