We have been made holy through the single offering of Jesus Christ’s body – Hebrews 10:10
Am I holy because of anything I say or do? NO! Anything I am or strive to be is because of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. My holiness is all about Him and has nothing to do with me. Whatever is in my heart which is holy, or whatever influences are brought to bear upon me to make me holy, is all to be traced to the fact that Christ became obedient unto death, and was willing to offer His body as a sacrifice for my sin.
Some denominations refer to being holy as being “sanctified” or they call it “second blessing holiness”. When God makes someone holy, it means that the person belongs to God in a special way. He separates them from other people, for Himself.
It’s God’s will (desire, plan) for people to be holy. In Hebrews 10:10, these people were once God’s enemies. They did many wrong and evil things against Him. But now God has saved (rescued) them, so they have become His people. He has separated them so that they belong to Him in a special way.
In biblical times the sacrifice of animals made God’s house holy. Then a better a more glorious sacrifice has made God’s people holy. Of course that sacrifice was the death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. He carried out God’s will to make His people holy.
Animal sacrifices happened often. The priests’ work was never complete or perfect. Because of the single complete and perfect sacrifice of Christ, we live in a state of grace and mercy.
The sacrifice of Christ makes unholy people holy. Because of Christ’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, we are separated and belong to God in a special way.
I’m so glad I’m one of Jesus’ sheep, aren’t you? Baa… 😉