1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
1 Corinthians 6:12-13, 18-20
“Everything is lawful for me,” but not everything is beneficial….
The body, however, is not for immorality,
but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body….
Every other sin a person commits is outside the body,
but the immoral person sins against his own body.
Do you not know that your body
is a temple of the holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you have been purchased at a price.
Therefore, glorify God in your body.
As a temple of God in which dwells the Spirit of God, therefore, we are called to be holy! As St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:2:
“to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus,
called to be holy”
The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.
God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity. Since only holy people will see God face to face, that means we are all called to be holy.
That sounds so daunting, doesn’t it? How do we become holy?
The answer: By putting on the armor of God.
As St. Paul counseled us in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
St. Paul gave us the manual!
Here’s the manual on how to be holy:
- Resist and fight evil — the Devil and human evil-doers.
- Love and speak the truth.
- Be righteous, i.e., be morally right and good — the opposite of our PC culture’s “judge not” moral relativism.
- Have faith in and be faithful to God.
- And remember we can’t do this by ourselves, but only by drawing our strength from the Lord, for “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Ask Him to help you.
I want to be holy, and I want you to be holy. Let us help each other to become holy!
And may the peace and truth and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,