Devo Holiness it’s what’s for Christians
Hebrews 12:14-17 (NIV)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
This is a hard bit of scripture for the western mind to understand without knowing the culture of that day. First off it is easy to understand that without holiness you will not see God means. We must be holy as God is holy to see His face. Jesus cleanses us of sin, but holiness is two-fold. It means to be cleansed of sin or separated from our sin and separated to God. The Holy Spirit came to cleanse us with fire to keep us from sinning and separate us to God. We must walk in the Spirit. Bitterness is unforgiveness and if we don’t forgive others we cannot be forgiven. It is clear that if we are still in sin we can’t see God. Esau’s actions are compared with a single act of sexual immorality. It was this single act that kept him from his inheritance. Let me explain. In the Jewish household of that time the oldest son got twice what the other children received and became the head of the home. If he fell out of graces with the father, as Israel’s four oldest sons did, it passed to whom the father chose. He could repent and stay in the family staying under his brother and fathers protection, but lost his position of authority. He did not come back into the fullness of what he was born into. Sad. He would be saved, so to speak, but lost position.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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