Twelve Reasons Why I Believe In The Holy Life
It is the Christian’s Pursuit.
I. It is the revelation of God’s nature to me – To know Him .
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
HOLINESS OF GOD: Perfect moral excellence
The highest kind of Holiness.
There being three plateaus of holiness
1. Divine Holiness: The nature of God, perfect moral excellence. God the Father.
2. Definitive Holiness: Holiness as defined by Scripture. Christ the Logo.
3. Desire for holiness: The aspiration of the born again Possessors of the new nature desire to be holy. This is experimental holiness. Man the creature.
II. Because God commands it.
HOLINESS OF MAN COMMANDED: Aspires to be holy as God is holy.
1 Peter 1:15-16
Given in 3 dispensations:
1. Dispensation of government, Gen.17:1
2. Dispensation of Law, Lev. 11:44; 19:2; 20:8.
3. Dispensation of Grace. Matt.20:7-8; 1 Peter.1:15-16.
III. Because Prayer instills His holiness, calms my anxieties and
teaches me the divine dignity.
HOLINESS IS A NEW LOVE FOR GOD AND HIS PRESENCE
PRAYER alters the nature of the depraved man and transforms by the renewing of the mind. Romans 12:1-2.
1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
HOLINESS MAKING JESUS YOUR ROLE MODEL:
Romans 8:29 – to be like Christ.
Christ, Paul’s role model, Philippians 3:10.
IV. Because it plants a desire in me to be holy and hate sin
HOLINESS IS THE DESIRE TO BE HOLY
(A) The tryst, the secret prayer life, contriteness, brokenness, seeking to know Him.
(B) Becoming like God as a result of being with God.
(C) True holiness not possible apart from secret prayer.
(D) The desire to be holy comes only through prayer, the love of His presence.
V. Because it is the only way to salvation.
The blood and the Word sanctify.
HOLINESS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Deuteronomy 6:5; Luke 10:27
Salvation consists of – 1. JUSTIFICATION; 2 – SANCTIFICATION.
SANCTIFICATION CONSISTS OF;
a. A PERFECT HATRED OF SIN – Results in separation from the SEPARATION commanded: 2 Corinthians 6:14. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? world culture.
b. A PERFECT LOVE FOR GOD: COMMITMENT, DEVOTION TO GOD!
Man moves between God and the world as between 2 stationary poles.
Holiness IS . . . DEVOTION AND INTIMACY WITH GOD SEPARATION FROM THE DEPRAVED WORLD CULTURE It is both spiritual and tangible; It is manifest and latent. It involves a changed nature and a changed image!
VI. Because it teaches me to discern what is truth and what is not.
HOLINESS IS JUDGING BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. It teaches me morals. 1 Corinthians 2:15; Philippians 1:9-10
VII. Because it teaches me to be obedient to God’s moral law.
HOLINESS IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S MORAL LAW John 14:15; 14:21-23; 1 John 5:3; Romans 10:10
HOLINESS IS THE FULFILLING OF THE MORAL LAW Romans 8:4; 13:8-10
Romans 13:8-10 (8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
VIII. Because it teaches us to consider always the good of others.
HOLINESS IS TO LOVE PEOPLE, HOLY AND UNHOLY.
(a) Love simultaneously loves God’s law and God’s children, they being the same, see Romans 13;8-10; 1 John 5:3.
(B) OTHERS: altruism, the vicarious Jesus. He died for others, He lived for others!
(C) the ability to put yourself in another person’s place, and then act or speak.
HOLINESS IS A COMPASSION FOR THE LOST!
Evangelism is concern FOR OTHERS (ALTRUISM) for the fate of souls!
(A) A PERFECT LOVE FOR THE SINNER. Psalm.97:10; Hebrews 1:9
(B) MAINTAINING A PERFECT HATRED OF SIN.
IX. Because Holiness is the only power that can transform man morally.
HOLINESS IS SUPERNATURAL CHARACTER
Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
Hebrews 12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(A) Holiness describes those who are Christ’s and aspiring to, cultivating the divine nature.
(B) Holiness is a distinct culture.
(C)Holiness is the culture of the Kingdom of God.
X. Because Holiness is the heavenly lifestyle diametric to the earthy.
HOLINESS IS HEAVEN’S CULTURE, A CELESTIAL LIFESTYLE
It is a moral contrast to the world’s depraved culture. Holiness is NOT … A STYLE OF PREACHING – It is a lifestyle. NOT AN “OLD TIME RELIGION” VOCABULARY. It is a culture that transforms me from the INSIDE OUT.
XI. Holiness Teaches me the terrible facts about my sinful nature and the only way to conquer it.
Holiness teaches me the truth about myself, my depravity and God’s provision of a soft death (Christ took the harsh penalty)
HOLINESS IS MORTIFICATION.
Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry
XII, Holiness is a moral transformation that only the Scripture defines Only God’s Word explains the two operations (doctrines) that constitute salvation, The essential doctrines, the secrets of truth and power locked up in JUSTIFICATION and SANCTIFICATION and that SANCTIFICATION IS THE EMPIRICAL DOCTRINE in my pursuit of pleasing God.
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to SALVATION THROUGH SANCTIFICATION of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
2 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)
THE TWO ZONES OF HOLINESS AT AND AFTER THE CROSS
e.g., Acts 26:20 – Repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
Imparted Holiness AT THE CROSS <> When JUSTIFIED (Repentance)
Perfecting Holiness AFTER THE CROSS <> SANCTIFICATION (Works)
A SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL BRETHREN, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, WHO HAVE DEFECTED FROM THE HOLINESS RANKS: When you abandoned the faith your fathers and your godly mother’s taught you, and the faith you once lived in separation from the world, you were not leaving a fellowship, or a movement, or a group of Holiness people with a peculiar testimony – you left the Biblical doctrine of the Christian lifestyle as it is taught clearly in the Word of God by the apostle’s. You didn’t leave your brethren, you left the truth of Scripture and chose to identify with the loose living liberal people you once stood against in your preaching and your teaching. You became weary of the living the holy life and your flesh won a decisive battle to have its own way and break from the disciplines of the crucified life it takes to be the best Christian Jesus can make you. You were attracted to the advantages the Laodiceans made to you – advantages in this life. But it will not reward you, and you may come to your senses some day and wish to come back. We are ready to receive you with love and forgiveness, We will rejoice with you for the goodness of God’s Grace and your humbling yourself to the truth before we stand before the judgment seat. We love you, and pray that you will return to the true way of salvation. For your children’s sake, do not miss the rapture and have to face the world under Antichrist.