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Daily Devotional

Arguments for Holiness
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
I Peter 1:15
I often pray, Lord, make me as holy as a pardoned sinner can be.
Robert Murray McCheyne
The Holy Spirit presents a very strong case for the holiness of the believer in this verse. Let us not be afraid of the word holiness. It is a Scriptural word, though often misrepresented and misapplied. God wants His people to be a holy people. Peter argues first from the holiness of God Himself: Be ye holy; for I am holy (v. 16). Likeness to God is holiness. Conformity to the image of His Son is Gods purpose of love for His people. How much of that likeness, that beauty of Christ, is seen in each of us? Are we indeed living epistles seen and read of all men?

The second motive for holiness that Peter brings to our attention is the happiness of the soul. Notice the word wherefore at the beginning of verse 13. It leads us back to the subject upon which the apostle had previously been discoursingthe happiness of the soul in anticipation of its glorious inheritance (vv. 3-5). Happiness and holiness are united. God is infinitely happy because He is infinitely holy. Likewise, a holy Christian is a happy Christian. The truth is that there can be no happiness hereafter unless we have holiness here (Heb. 12:14).

Finally, Peter focusses our attention on the hope of Christs coming as a motive to holiness. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness (II Pet. 3:11). Let us labour through grace that we be not ashamed at His coming.
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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