Jesus constantly told people to go and be holy and sin no more, such as in John 8:11 with the woman caught in adultery. Also, in John 5: 14, Jesus told the crippled man [whom He had told to get up and pick up his bed] to “Go and sin no more.” In other words, do not offend God anymore with your immoral actions.
Would Jesus tell us to do what He knows is impossible? And in that Jesus said that He said nothing that the Father did not say, then would the one and only true and living God Yahweh tell us to do the impossible?
In 1 Peter 1, Apostle Peter repeats God’s word of our promised life without sinning [offending] God, 1 Peter 1:13-16:
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (KJV)
[Note the clarity of these same verses in the New Revised Standard Version [NRSV].
13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.
14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance.
15 Instead, as He who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all of your conduct;
16 for it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." (NRSV)
Where did St. Peter get this wisdom? It came from God’s Holy Word in Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:7. In ALL of these verses, and many others, Yahweh, our God and heavenly Father, tell the people—THUS US—to be Holy as He is Holy. In other words, GOD SAID we CAN stop committing moral offenses against Him through our faith in Jesus Christ.
There is a childhood fairy tale about a little train engine that was loaded down with toys. It thought it couldn’t climb this tall hill. After much encouragement by its cargo of toys, it tried. It succeeded.
Given the pervasive and consistent ungodly teaching that God’s people are and will always be unworthy of God’s love, Christian believers need to be like that little engine.
God said in Isaiah 55: 11 that His word will not fail, that it will accomplish what HE said it would do. God said WE CAN LIVE HOLY without offending Him and without missing the mark of truly following His Son Jesus, in both word and deed. That should settle it.
YES WE CAN Live Holy.