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Westwood Alliance Church
In the New Testament holiness becomes a personal matter of the heart rather than a legal matter of the temple. The logic behind this change is that the believers heart is the New Testament Temple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus aimed some of His strongest words not at vile sinners but rather those who presented a heartless display of holiness. An outward show of holiness that does not come from the heart is not sanctification but rather a fleshy exhibition of self-display-ification. The vacant empty husk of show-holiness is always condemned by the One who can read mens hearts. Jesus speaks loudly in Matthew 23:27 where He cried: Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres which indeed appear beautiful outward but are within full of dead mens bones and of all uncleanness. True holiness is a devotion that is based upon a discernible love for God. This invisible dedication to the cause of Christ will frequently manifest itself in some visible manner. A mothers love for her child is shown in the daily care that she gives to her beloved. There is a maternal holiness in the heart of a mother that flows into the life of the child. This is a natural process that may need training but needs very little coaching. Peter touches on this love of God that burns in the heart of every born again saint: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.