Peter reaches back into the OT for proof tha God expects His people to be like himself. In Lev. 11:44 the Lord said: For I [am] the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I [am] holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 45 For I [am] the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I [am] holy. Christians are empowered to live holy lives by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Old Testament saints did not have this help and blessings But since we are more privileged, we are also more responsible. The verse Peter qotes from Leviticus acquires a new depth of meaning in the Nt. It is the difference between the formal and the vital. Holiness was Gods ideal in the OT. It has assumed a concret, everyday quality with the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Join Dr. Michelle Harris and Bishop Michael Harris as we deliver a powerful teaching on Holiness.
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