Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Jesus Christ, our Savior, stands alone in perfect holiness. Because only Jesus is holy and perfect, God does not recognize any other person. Therefore, if we are ever to be received by the heavenly Father, we must be in Christ, solely by the grace of Christ and through no merit of our own.
"And might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility" (Ephesians 2:16). " by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace" (2:15).
Because of Christ's work on the cross, man could no longer attempt to be holy by keeping God's law. He couldn't become holy by good works, righteous deeds or any human effort. Instead, the Father would accept only one man as holy: the new, resurrected man.
We comprise the body of this holy, blameless man. "Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it" (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are made bone of Christ's bone and flesh of his flesh and are adopted into his family: "We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another" (Romans 12:5).
Because we are in Christ, we are made holy. "If the root is holy, so are the branches" (Romans 11:16). "I am the vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5).
The path to holiness is not through human ability, but through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. What a wonderful answer to the anxious cries of multitudes who thirst to be holy. We are holy as we rest in Christ's holiness! Our holiness is his holiness — flowing to us, the branches, from the root.