The Highest Holiness
"The highest holiness for you is to be like Christ," said Charles Spurgeon.
Exactly. If you want a perfect model of human holiness, look to Christ. Kevin DeYoung explains this point in his new book The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness [(Crossway, 2012), pages 38, 46–47].
He begins his point with a return to creation.
Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, after his likeness (Genesis 1:26). But in Adam’s sin, the human race was given over to corruption (Romans 5:12–21). We are still image-bearers (Genesis 9:6; James 3:9), but the image has been distorted (Genesis 6:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29). The goal of sanctification is the renewal of this image. The holy person is being renewed in knowledge after the image of the Creator (Colossians 3:10), which means growing in righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
Jesus: Perfect Human Holiness