What Holiness Is Not and Is


Hebrews 12:10

First of all, holiness is not necessarily a state in which there is perpetual, rapturous joy. Isaiah 53:3 tells us that Jesus was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,” and Paul tells us that he, too, had continual sorrow and great heaviness.

Joy is the normal state of a holy man, but it may be mingled with sorrow and grief and perplexities and heaviness on account of manifold temptations. The low-water mark, however, in the experience of a holy person is one of perfect peace; the high-water mark is up in the third heaven somewhere; however, this third heaven experience is not likely to be constantly maintained.

Holiness is not a state of freedom from temptation. This is a world of trial and conflict with principalities and powers, darkness and terrible evils, and the holy soul who is in the forefront of the conflict may expect…

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