Holiness is more than moral purity. To be holy means being set apart.
God is separate, different from His creation, in His essential nature and in His perfect attributes. God doesn’t build a wall around His apartness; instead, He invites us to come to Him and share in His holiness.
Disciples of Christ are not of the world (John 17:14-16). We are called to live in this world but our lives are to be distinctly different from those around us. God forgives and makes us holy because we are crafted in His image. His grace washes and empowers us to walk in righteousness and in victory over sin â€” to live the free, abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
Disciples of Christ are to be different from the world and their old selves. Godâ€™s holy presence in our lives produces in us, loving obedience to His Word, which forms His divine character in us. To be holy is to separate from our old, common way of living and the ways of the world, making ourselves available for Godâ€™s use.