an emerging holiness

The conclusion to my paper on holiness:

In the fullness of God’s being we encounter the fullness of God’s rule, and as we participate with him in our renewed exocentric identity we become more and more open to others, more and more open to God’s being in our life. Jesus promised the kingdom, and the Spirit came upon the earliest church. Peter was no longer the fearful man who was so insecure of his identity that he would deny his fellowship with Jesus in the face of even the barest opposition. He became a preacher, reaching out to the world in the fullness of the Spirit’s gifts, expressing the Gospel with power and wisdom and courage. Peter became a new man, in the light of the Spirit’s arrival, holy in his identity as finally identifying wholly with Christ, in holy expectation of God’s reign, which he was already experiencing in the power of the Spirit.

Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”

And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:38ff)

Such is God’s being realized among us, the gift of the Spirit, life in the kingdom. It is this life that is a life of true holiness. A life with God, for God, lived in fullness and an indescribable wholeness. Our emerging holiness is our dance with God.

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