- Holiness, sanctification
Holiness – qatesh – has the idea of separation, a cutting of what is not from God. To be holy is to be separated unto the holy. God is sanctifying us. The firing glory shines out from the holy. The profane is the opposite of the holy, it is the common. If we make fun of scripture we are profane, and unholy. To be holy is to be dedicated to God. Worship without fear is no worship. Worship needs deep reference. The holiness of God is a consuming fire.
God is jealous of his name, he does not allow worship if it is contrary to his nature.
Holiness is associated with wrath. Hes.38:
(see handout on Theology of Holiness for further points)
Holiness refers to the essential nature of God. To be sanctified is to be God-ivied.
Salvation is the way of thinking of all the wholeness, of which God brings us by the Holy Spirit. Salvation is all the provision of God, that Christ gave us in Christ through the Spirit, healing, etc.
Discipleship is then the essential ongoing relationship with Jesus.
The commission to disciple is found in Mt.28.18. Baptize into the name, that is into the reality of God, therefor teach everything.
We deny ourselves to a world that falls away, and choose simultaneously the cross. The cross leads home. The primary reference is Jesus Christ, a person and not only principles.
The community loves as he loves.
Hear oh Israel, hearing is also going and doing it. Following Jesus on the journey requires discipleship, which is in love.