Holiness, I said in last month’s article, is not dull. I want to reinforce that point, but from a different perspective. Certainly, holiness is exciting because it involves living out our liberation from sin — that was my previous emphasis. But it is also exciting because it involves bringing the future into the present. That, too, is worth exploring.
Holiness is not native to this era between the Fall and the return of Christ. This is ‘the present evil age’ (Galatians 1:4). Its god is Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4). The moral climate of this current era is as incapable of purity as the climate of a rainforest is incapable of snow. Holiness does not belong here. It belongs, rather, to the coming age, the ‘new heavens and…new earth in which righteousness dwells’ (2 Peter 3:13).