The work of the Holy Spirit is to help develop holiness within us so that we can be an effective witness of Jesus. What God requires of us is a submission to the Holy Spirit so that He can work through us to reveal Jesus. Worship testifies to those around us of the work of the Holy Spirit in confirming the reality of Jesus. Worship is a testimony of a changed life.
The angels do not exalt God by saying: “Eternal, eternal, eternal” or “faithful, faithful, faithful”. Their cry is “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8). They worshiped what they saw, and they saw a Holy God. We have to see God as holy and blameless and ourselves the same (through Christ’s atoning work) in order to worship. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ in order that we can boldly come before God in worship and prayer (2 Corinthians 5:21).
While God condescends in grace to save us, He expects us to ascend in holiness to worship Him. Holiness is not acting, but rather believing you are holy according to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and walking in that truth through faith. We have to believe we are acceptable to a Holy God because He has done the work to make us acceptable (holy). This is why the scripture can command us to be holy (1 Peter 1:15). When we believe His Word, our natural response is to draw close to God free of condemnation to worship Him.
You cannot worship a Holy God with an inferiority complex. You’re valuable in God’s eyes and He loves your company when you talk to Him, trust Him and worship Him.
I am holy not because I think so but because He has said so. God commanded us to be holy which means that we are supposed to act the way He has already made us to be (1 Peter 1:15).
1 Peter 1:15
But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
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