- Ezekiel 43:1-48:35
“They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.” –Ezekiel 44:25, ESV
Holy versus common. God’s desire is that all will be holy, which can only be achieved through accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as blood atonement for our sins. Our sins, no matter how we try to justify them, separate us from God. The cool thing about God is this, when we were still sinners, He came to us.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” –Romans 5:8-11, ESV
The holy of holies in the temple was reserved for priests. No other could enter without dying. For years Christianity has taught that only those made holy can come to the holy of holies, the very throne of God. And though this may be technically true, we missed out on the very gospel that sets us free. Romans shows us that God came to us while we were still sinning, before we knew Christ. Yes, the most intimate relationships with Him can only come after salvation through accepting Jesus as Lord. But we can sometimes think we have to clean up the mess before we get there.
You cannot clean up your mess. You can try to live a better life, try to be more kind, whatever it is. But you will never achieve holiness. And God knew this. So He came. Jesus came to be what was common that we might become what is holy. He is not afraid of your sin, your mess, or your complete unholiness. While we were enemies to Him, He came.
You don’t have to make your life holy before you come. In fact, you would never come if that were your approach. For nothing we do apart from the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit can possibly make us holy.
Put aside your pride. Put aside your fear. And just come. Enemy status or not, it is HIs holiness that will fill you, His holiness that will make your common completely uncommon.