The Pursuit of Holiness (Chap. 1)
Being a farmer would be very difficult because we would need to rely on God to provide sunshine and rain. Being a Real Christian requires us to do the same. That means that there will be hard times- But God will provide for all of needs in His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
Heb 12:14- “Pursue holiness for without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
Meaning: Diligence of effort; Long-term-lifelong process.
Note: I want to add the hypothesis that “Righteousness” is a synonym to Holiness.
Ps 11:7- For the Lord is righteous. He loves righteousness: his countenance beholds the upright. Ps 111:3 righteousness endures forever; Prov 11:19-righteousness leads to life; Rom 9:31 pursue the law of righteousness.
Chap.1- Holiness is For You- “For sin shall not be your master; because you are not under law, but under grace.” Rom 6:14
Besetting sins that dog- anger, fear
Promise good and bad news: Holiness expected and promised birthright of every Christian.
Holiness- image- goodie 2 shoes, holier than though- Misconception: it’s about prohibitions- sing, dance chew or go with girls who do, self-righteous, perfection
Holy 600x in bible- Leviticus on holiness (Command be holy for I am holy)11:44
1Th 4:3-7- God’s will to be Sanctified- avoid sexual immorality- God called us to purity no impurity.
1Pe 1:14-16- obedient- not evil desires, but holy
Rev 22:11- Do right, for I am coming soon
Eph 4:22,24-put off old self- corrupted, put on new self – attitude created by God to be righteous. Daily
Problem #1- Sin- self-centered not God centered
God wants us to walk in obedience (submission)- about God, victory about self.
God will be victorious in us.
Problem #2- misunderstand living by faith (Gal 2:20- to live is Christ to die is gain. Faith vs. flesh.- personal responsibility to follow Christ