Hebrews 12:14, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
If we do not follow “holiness” we will not see the Lord in paradise. This means that we will not experience eternal life with the Lord without holiness.
1 Peter 1:15-16, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
God says that He is Holy and commands us to be holy as He is.
In order to be holy as God is holy, we must know the true meaning of Holiness.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) correctly explains the true Biblical understanding of the word holiness.
“… within the Biblical sphere, with which alone we are immediately concerned, holiness attaches itself first of all, not to visible objects, but to the invisible Yahweh, and to places, seasons, things and human beings only in so far as they are associated with Him.”
Wherefore, we cannot become holy on our own human effort without being in close association and communion with our Holy Heavenly Father.
God said to Moses in Exodus 3:5 (Berean Study Bible), “… remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
God’s Holy presence can make physical places and things holy just by being in close proximity to Him. Therefore when God’s people are “filled with the Holy Spirit” of God, they become holy.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia goes on to state,
“Christ's people are regularly called "saints" or holy persons, and holiness in the high ethical and spiritual meaning of the word is used to denote the appropriate quality of their life and conduct … No doubt, as applied to believers, "saints" conveys in the first place the notion of a separation from the world and a consecration to God. Just as Israel under the old covenant was a chosen race, so the Christian church in succeeding to Israel's privileges becomes a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9), and the Christian individual, as one of the elect people, becomes a holy man or woman (Colossians 3:12). In Paul's usage all baptized persons are "saints," however far they may still be from the saintly character (compare 1 Corinthians 1:2,14 with 5:1).”
The word SAINT in Greek is “hagios (hag’-ee-os).” Strong’s Concordance defines “hagios” as, “SET APART, HOLY, SACRED.”
Notice that the word “saint” means “holy,” “set apart,” and “sacred.” New Testament scripture informs us that all of God’s people start the process of being holy by believing, repenting, and being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:38 (Berean Study Bible), “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 16:16 (NASB), "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”
1 Peter 3:20-21 (NASB), “eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you.”
John 3:5 (Berean Study Bible), “Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”
According to inspired scripture, saved people are those who have been born of the water and of the Spirit by believing, being baptized into the name of Jesus Christ (for the remission of sins), and who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Sanctification begins by being born again because God sets us apart to be holy and sacred by saving us through the new birth of water and of the Spirit.
I counted 42 scriptures where the New Testament Scriptures call all born again Christians saints (meaning “holy,” “set apart,” or “sacred”).
Acts 9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem.
Acts 9:32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
Acts 9:41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Acts 26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
Romans 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
Romans 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints.
Romans 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Romans 16:15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints).
2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia.
2 Corinthians 8:4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
2 Corinthians 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you.
2 Corinthians 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.
2 Corinthians 13:13 All the saints salute you.
Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints.
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.
Philippians 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.
Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints.
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
Philemon 1:5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints.
Philemon 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Hebrews 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
The true Apostolic Faith “was once delivered to the saints” by the apostles in the first century. The message of the gospel was delivered to all of God’s people. Therefore when we believe and obey the gospel by repenting and being baptized for the remission of our sins, we are called and set apart to be holy as saints of the Most High God.
The words ‘saint’ means those who are “set apart, (made) holy, (and) sacred” through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ which we received when we believed and repented, and were baptized in Jesus Name. Therefore sanctification and holiness began when we were set apart by God through being born again of the water and of the Spirit (John 3:5).
Although holiness begins in the new birth, true believers will follow Jesus by walking in the Spirit on a daily basis to overcome the works of the flesh and by manifesting the fruit of the indwelling Spirit.
THE WORKS OF THE FLESH
Galatians 5:16-26, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that you would. 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, sensuality, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, seditions, factions, 21Envyings, drunkenness, wild parties, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
The Bible does not teach a once saved always saved eternal security concept. We are saved by grace through faith in order to overcome by walking in the Spirit. According to Paul (in Galatians 5:21), we “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” if we manifest the works of the flesh by failing to walk in the Spirit.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS HOLINESS
Galatians 5:22-26, “22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithulness, 23Meekness, self control: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Only God is the source of true holiness. Hence, True Holiness is being like God. By manifesting the fruit of the indwelling Spirit we are being holy like God.
Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me ...”
The scriptures teach that Christ is the indwelling Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17; Col. 1:27, Rom. 8:9; John 14:16-18). That is why Paul spoke of Christ living in him to manifest true holiness.