Holiness is not something you acquire, in which the mere acquisition allows you to profess that you are holy, because of a past acquisition of holiness. Holiness is a state of being (on the inside), that manifest (on the outside) fruit, or attitudes and expressions of Gods divine nature.


1 Peter 1:15 “But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation;” what we often fail to realize, is that conversation is both verbal, and nonverbal, which means not only what we say must speak of holiness, but also what we do, must carry a holy conversation.


Consider this, In Mark 11:13-14, my Bible says Jesus “answered” the fig tree by making it wither and die. What did the fig tree say to Jesus that caused Jesus to answer the tree in the way He did? In the original Greek, Mark 11:14 opens with the Greek word apokrinomai, which means “to conclude for oneself” or “to respond.”  The word apokrinomai can mean “a response to a question,” but it can also describe a response to a nonverbal cue like something seen or experienced.


Mark 11:13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
Mark 11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”  And His disciples heard it.


So, the fig tree in Mark 11 never (verbally) spoke to Jesus, and neither was Jesus answering the tree when He spoke in v.14.  Instead, Jesus saw that the tree had leaves but no fruit, and so He responded to what He saw in v.14.  This message is more personal to those who would follow Jesus, in Matthew 3:8 where we are told, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:” or Ephesians 5:9, which says (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).


Holy is, as holy does. If the repentance that you offered God, to receive your salvation, does not produce the fruit of repentance, what makes you think that you are saved? Matthew 3:8 “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:” I am aware that some of you will find this offensive, and feel it necessary to defend your sinful states, but when the dust settles for you please know that I love you, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)” Holy is, as holy does.   Amen

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