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Holiness God’s standard for all people

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Jul 16, 2011

Summary: The Word of God in 1 Corinthians 1:30 explains to us that Jesus is our sanctifier and without him we cannot be holy. Some Christians emphasize biblical standards of holiness. Some call this legalism, and unfortunately sometimes it is legalism.

Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.

The Word of God in 1 Corinthians 1:30 explains to us that Jesus is our sanctifier and without him we cannot be holy. Some Christians emphasize biblical standards of holiness. Some call this legalism, and unfortunately sometimes it is legalism. Firmer roots for personal holiness grow when we recognize that we are broken creatures, through and through. Even our vision of what makes for holiness is marred and twisted. We start growing in Christ by coming to understand that we are strangers to God’s ways. This leaves us no recourse but pray for the Spirit’s leading. Without the Spirit’s work, we not only cannot know God, but we also fail to discover our true selves. The Spirit, through the Bible, shows us what a God-pleasing life is, and leads us to want to live it and treasure it. Godliness or holiness comes only from God so only God can give it to you. It is ’earned’ in a sense, but only by what Christ did on Calvary and through the resurrection God gave it to you. The light shines on you, and from there it reflects onto everything else. Therefore, our obedience to Him helps put sanctification into practice in our lives so tonight I want to speak to you about reflecting God’s Holiness

REFLECTING GOD’S HOLINESS

I Jn. 2:3-6…. 1 John 23 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love[a] is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

INTRO. It is important to have true fellowship with God. It is possible to be saved and still not have a personal, daily walk with Christ. It is also possible for someone to "say" they have fellowship but not really have it. One way we will have our relationship with Christ verified is by the impact it has on our physical and mental lives. One who is in constant fellowship with his Lord will reflect the image of Christ in his daily life (I Jn. 2:5-6).

Is it possible to live a holy life in this day and age? Before you answer, remember, just because you may not do it...doesn’t mean it can’t be done. What would a holy man or woman look like?

I. PERSONAL HOLINESS DEFINED.

A. Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God….Let this same mind which is in Christ Jesus be in you.

B. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgement, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring EVERYTHING in this world by the standard of His Word.

C. See Colossians 3:12-17

II. WHAT HOLINESS LOOKS LIKE.

A. A holy man will endeavor to shun every known sin and to keep every known commandment. He will have a burning desire to do the will of God. (Rom. 7:22) - "I delight in the law of God after the inward man."

B. A holy man will strive to be more like our Lord Jesus Christ. He will work to develop the mind and attitude that was in Christ. He will strive to be conformed to his Lord’s image (Rom. 8:29).

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