Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Our God is above all things, holy. One of God’s goals in saving us was and is to make us holy. None of us can be holy in thought, word, or deed without the grace of God that is in Christ Jesus. Grace enables us to do what we could never do in our own strength and power. 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31 says, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification (holiness), and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” Jesus is made unto us sanctification and He is God’s provision for our holiness.
Some Believers facing a sin they struggle with or a besetting sin resign within themselves that they cannot change so they redefine sin and say to themselves that it must not really be wrong. Others will acknowledge it is sin but since they can’t overcome their struggle they begin to make excuses. They rationalize that since everyone sins certainly God will make an exception for them and have mercy on them. God doesn’t accept redefining sin, making excuses, or making special exceptions. He gives us Jesus, He gives us grace. Our holiness can only be walked out in our lives by the grace of God.
Ephesians 4:24 says, “And put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” It’s in our new nature to be holy. In the phrase “… created in righteousness and true holiness,” the word for “true” (aletheia) has various meanings but literally means “unconcealment” or a thing as it really is as opposed to something concealed or falsified; or truth. It also means that which has certainty and force, what is genuine as a valid norm, and the real state of affairs. I believe it is speaking of our true nature. Our new man, our new nature is truly holy, the real deal, what we really are. It is not a ritualistic holiness, or a pretended holiness, or a cover of holiness over something that is false but it is the true state of our spiritual nature.
I’ve often heard Christians who aren’t living right say I don’t go to church anymore because I don’t want to be a hypocrite or be something I’m not. I always respond but you are really a hypocrite for not coming because your nature is holy and to fellowship with other holy ones is a part of what God made you to be. You’re not being a hypocrite when you come but when you stay away. The problem is that you don’t know who you are in Christ and haven’t yet learned to get your practice (your walk) up to the level of your position in Christ. Christ is the way to holiness. When we are in Christ and Christ is in us the potential is in us to live holy and perfect holiness in our walk.