36. my holiness envelops everything i see.
it is important to keep in mind that this lesson builds on the previous lesson, which was: my mind is part of god’s mind, therefore i am holy because god is holy.
consequently, because my holiness is because of god’s holiness, then just as god’s holiness envelops me and makes my holy, my holiness envelopes every thing i see.
the concept to “see” is that because there is no separation between god and me, then there is no separation between me and some thing else.
therefore, since god’s holiness makes me holy, then i my self make things holy, which is the foundational thought of paul in 1 corinthians 7.14 “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the [believing] husband…”.
therefore because god makes my mind holy, thus my “sight” is holy.
my holiness envelopes the computer i see;
my holiness envelopes the car i see;
my holiness envelopes the building i see.
my holiness envelopes the music i see;
my holiness envelopes the ideas i see;
my holiness envelopes the words i see.
my holiness envelopes the politics i see;
my holiness envelopes the religion i see;
my holiness envelopes the money i see.
my holiness envelopes the sexuality i see;
my holiness envelopes the emotionality i see;
my holiness envelopes the family i see.
my holiness envelopes my personality i see;
my holiness envelopes my mentality i see;
my holiness envelopes my physicality i see.
my holiness envelopes the personal relationships i see;
my holiness envelopes the marriage i see;
my holiness envelopes the personal problems i see.
for me, personally, all of that is true and i have no dispute with that claim.
where i brush up against this lesson is the religious concept of holiness, and what humanity considers holy.
as the lessons have been teaching: from where does “sight” and therefore holiness come?
from the lessons, the answer: god.
but, as anthropological history sustains there are many different interpretations of what god intends as holy, and many will use the scriptures to defend holiness or deny holiness.
so the question is: what is holy?
i answer with a passage from the new testament, 1 john 5.13-20:
I [John] write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one—to those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin that is mortal; I do not say that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not mortal.
We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them. We know that we are God’s children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ.
during my life, I have heard all kinds of explanations of that passage. but that passage, essentially teaches the exact same thing as this lesson.
the difficult thing is that commentators will negate the passage from 1 john and the lesson.
but the essence of the passage remain, as does the essence of the lesson, when one accepts god’s holiness and remains in god’s holiness, then one is holiness, even when one technically “trespasses”.
why? because every one has sinned and fallen short of god’s holiness, but when i remain in god and god’s holiness, then i have fellowship with the light and the light purifies me.
but as the apostle paul reasoned, that reality, does not give me license to live a life of infidelity, larceny, and debauchery (romans 6.1-2).