14 Aug 2017-BE HOLY-What Is Life Series-Rev.George Varughese 




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.”[a1 Peter 1:15-16

15 but [alike the Holy One who called you, [bbe holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NASB)

  • You shall be holy
  • for I am holy
  • ἅγιοι, agioi
  • Strong’s 40: set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred.
  • HELP Word Studies 40 hágios – properly, different (unlike), other (“otherness“), holy; for the believer, 40 (hágios) means “likeness of nature with the Lord” because “different from the world.”
  • The fundamental (core) meaning of 40 (hágios) is “different” – thus a temple in the 1st century was hagios (“holy”) because different from other buildings (Wm. Barclay). In the NT, 40 /hágios (“holy”) has the “technical” meaning “different from the world” because “like the Lord.” 

  • [40 (hágios) implies something “set apart” and therefore “different (distinguished/distinct)” – i.e. “other,” because special to the Lord.]

Leviticus 11:44,45, 19:2, 20:7

44 For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 4For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44,45

“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19:2

Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 20:7

36 “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. Exodus 28:36


48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 

48 Therefore [ayou are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (NASB) Matthew 5:48 

  • you are to be perfect
  • τέλειοι, teleioi
  • Strong’s 5046: perfect, (a) complete in all its parts, (b) full grown, of full age, (c) specially of the completeness of Christian character.
  • HELP Word Studies Cognate: 5046 téleios (an adjective, derived from 5056/télos, “consummated goal”) – mature (consummated) from going through the necessary stages to reach the endgoal, i.e. developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process (spiritual journey).  See 5056 (telos).
  • [This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).]”


[40 (hágios) implies something “set apart” and therefore “different (distinguished/distinct)” – i.e. “other,” because special to the Lord.]

1. Set apart

2. Different from the world – this is how we are to live, in opposite poles from the values of the world

3. Because Like / Special to the Lord / Be Like our Lord


1. We are to pattern after our God and not the world 

  • This is due to values that is at different poles
  • To pattern after the world is easy and convenient and less effort. No confrontation
  • To pattern after God is not easy and not convenient and much effort. Lots of confrontation

2. Why is it hard to be ‘set apart’ and live ‘to be different from the world’?

  • we seek for acceptance from peers and others in the working place / society for our identity
  • we don’t want to live in isolation
  • but that is the very reason for the decline in civilisation / success

3. What happens when we ‘blend’? and be part of ‘the world’?

  • we compromise our values
    • we lower our high standard of values to meet the less requirement of those to whom we subject to for our recognition
  • we be susceptible to sin
    • because we led our ‘guards down’ we are in the path of living in sin
  • we loose our identity
    • identity is whats our own but when we rather choose to please others, we loose our identity and replace with ‘other’s identity’

4. What will happen to Christians and Christianity when we ‘blend’? and be part of ‘the world’?

  • our churches be like the world when we import the cultures of the world to enter the church, examples:
    • dressing, ear ring
    • disco lights
    • flavour of music
    • dance style
  • lifestyle of relationship man-women, takes a degraded form
  • redefinition of what sin is and less conscientization towards sin
  • then church could accommodate the world

The Positive Way Forward

1. Return to the Bible, Word of God

2. Undo the wrong understanding of what life is according to God’s definition

3. Be willing to unlearn to relearn from God’s word

Dedication Song. 

Key G

Be Magnified Oh Lord

Don Moen



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