Friday, May 8, 2015

The Pursuit of Holiness

The Pursuit of Holiness (Chap. 1)
Holy or holiness 650Xs (Work over 700Xs)
Right and righteousness 500xs synonyms
Attributes of God: intrinsic Qualities or characteristics- of Godhead-
Omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, these are an absoluteness of God.
Holiness is a moral attribute- Holiness is God. Righteous, love, mercy and faithfulness examples.
Two basic aspects of holiness- Totally separate from all creation (Majestic-holiness) Ex 15:11 “Who is like you- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory.”
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty, the whole earth is full of his glory.” Is 6:3
2. Separateness- absolute purity or goodness- untouched by world or evil: Habakkuk 1:13- “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.” 
Job- Unthinkable that God could do wrong.
God’s perfection is the Standard of moral character!  I am the Lord God, consecrate yourself and be holy, because I am holy, Lev 19:2 “Be holy because the Lord your God is holy.”
Priests and sacrifices- Without blemish
Matt 5:48- “Be perfect, therefore,, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Don’t give up yet!!!
Isaiah 6:5 “Woe is me, I am ruined, for I am a man of unclean lips.”
Paul and Peter say separate yourselves. 2 Cor 6:14-7:1
Eph 5:27 We are to present ourselves as a radiant church, holy and blameless
Don’t give up- Christ’s Imputed Righteousness-  justification by faith, atonement for sins. He has ransomed us from sin and death- Transfer of righteousness- We become one with him in salvation- We become a new person.
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old is gone, the new is come!” All this is from God who reconciled himself to us through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.  This is redemption/salvation.
Now we must claim this gift and live away from sin and in righteousness by his power through the Holy Spirit. We must obey and submit to his living word. Psalm 23- He leads us on paths of righteousness for his names sake.
2 Ti 1:8 "So do not be afraid to testify about the Lord… but join with me in suffering for the Gospel, by the power of God who has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done- but because of his own purpose and grace.
Ps 99:3 “Let them praise your great and awesome name- he is holy.
Heb 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy, without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God…”  Why? It produces a harvest of righteousness.

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
#3 We do not take some sin seriously- Little foxes- What are yours??- sins against God!!!  He is holy and the Holy Spirit convicts us toward holiness.

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