Holiness and Its Implications in Private and Public Life

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  • Hermann Mvula University of Malawi

Abstract

This article discusses holiness and its implication in the private and public life of believers. There have been problems understanding whether the Christian’s private holy life impacts how he/she lives in public life. This problem has been the cradle of debates among scholars of various traditions, all of them citing biblical scriptures to defend their positions. There are two extremes. On the one hand are those who emphasize that Christians have nothing to do in public affairs—mostly citing Johannine theology—his epistles and the book of Revelation. On the other hand, are those who take the other extreme, citing among other passages Matthew 5:13-16 that states Christians are the salt and the light of the world. This problem has to be examined critically if Christians genuinely serve God and humans in this world, as they look forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This article’s methodology to accomplish its intended aim and outcome is a biblical exploration with a bit of light exegetical reflection and survey of some of the Old Testament prophetic oracles—Isaiah, Micah, and Zechariah. The major finding for this article is that God demands holiness in the life of believers and that it deals with all areas of the Christian life, both private and public. The recommendation for this article is that, rather than withdrawing the believers from their public life’s affairs, holiness thrusts them into the world to be the salt and the light so that people may see their good deeds and praise their Father who is in heaven. The conclusion is that the God who is holy is the God who demands justice in the everyday life affairs of his people—including in the public arena because such a posture exemplifies His holy character. 

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2022-03-03

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Mvula, H. (2022). Holiness and Its Implications in Private and Public Life. Transform: A Journal of Biblical, Theological and Practical Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, 1(1), 1–19. Retrieved from https://ojs.anu.ac.ke/index.php/soj/article/view/5

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