13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” — 1 Peter 1:13-16
hágios adj def fundamentally signifies separated (among the Greeks, dedicated to the gods), in Scripture in its moral and spiritual significance, separated from sin — consecrated to God
n def predicated of God – His purity, majesty, and glory
Interestingly the word as it was originally used by the Greeks only spoke of a person or object being dedicated to or in service to one of many gods. The high moral, spiritual, and living character of the word didn’t come into use until the Christian church and its writings elevated the word’s use to indicate:
- The position of the believer, as the result of salvation, being placed in Christ
- Not speaking only of justification our legal position in Christ
- Includes the idea of purity of life and freedom from evil
- This life is lived predicated on the Holy Spirit producing the life of Christ within the believer
Further, it must also be noted that the holy life is not an automatic change once the sinner is saved. This higher standard of character, behavior, and more can only come into a life that has made a deliberate yielding to the Holy Spirit; listening to His leading and following His course. The inward holiness as a result of the Holy Spirit’s residence in the inner man has to find outward expression in our experience in the outer man.
James’ “work out you own salvation” is just that… Exercise your salvation… Put into practice what has been birthed in you by Jesus Christ — what the Holy Spirit continues to bring.