by Johnathan Arnold

Few people think that living a holy life is possible. God’s Word is clear that holiness is more than possible: it is required. This would be a terrible thought except that the One who called us has also made the provision! God’s Word is good and life-giving on every topic, especially holiness. Here are ten verses on holiness that every Christian should be familiar with.
First, read them in their context. For example, 2 Corinthians 7:1 says “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves.” What promises is Paul talking about? In Matthew 5:48, we are commanded to “Be ye therefore perfect.” What does the “therefore” refer to? Links to the surrounding chapter(s) are provided.

Second, meditate on them. Consider your own heart and life. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2).

Third, highlight them in your Bible. Highlighting these verses will make them easier to find when you are seeking God personally or discussing holiness with your family and friends. If you pay attention, you may be surprised how many times you hear these verses referenced in church!

Fourth, memorize them.Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). If memorization scares you, don’t worry! It is mostly a matter of time, not ability. Commit yourself to learning at least three of these verses. Read each verse 10 times, then say each verse 10 times without looking. Review each verse in the coming days.

10 Verses on Holiness

  1. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (2 Tim. 1:9) Read this verse in context.
  2. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)  Read this verse in context.
  3. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”(Hebrews 12:14) Read this verse in context.
  4. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) Read this verse in context.
  5. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess. 5:23) Read this verse in context.
  6. “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22) Read this verse in context.
  7. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2) Read this verse in context.
  8. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:” (1 Thess. 4:3) See also 1 Thess. 4:7 and read this verse in context.
  9. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)  Read this verse in context.
  10. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)  Read this verse in context.