Summary: We can be defiled by the common things around us but God has a remedy for us in the picture of the OT sacrifice of a red heifer.

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Hebrews 9:13-14 KJV For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: [14] How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


-My exposure to a writer named Jerry Bridges came about 25 years ago. Shortly after Teresa and I got married, we were unpacking some of her books from JCM and there was a tattered little paperback book among them. It was by Jerry Bridges and was entitled “The Pursuit of Holiness.” I can remember flipping through it and then putting it on the shelf where it stayed for a long period of time.

-Then in the early ‘90’s, I heard a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony Mangun from Alexandria, Louisiana that he called, “Holiness and Righteousness.” At some point later, I managed to have a conversation with him and mentioned that sermon to him and he directed me to a book called “The Common Made Holy” by Neil Anderson and Robert Saucy.

-I lived in that book for several years, trying to get a grasp and understanding of the responsibilities and conditions of holiness in my own personal life. I spent long hours meditating on Scripture, poring over the Bible, grappling with God in prayer, and then trying to live out my life in such a way that it would honor God through this hunger for holiness.

-Anything that was remotely related to holiness, I would try to purchase it. There were sermons on cassettes, CDs, and then on MP3. I gathered books and notes that would fill bookshelves in an effort to understand what my responsibility to God was all about. I have had hours upon hours of conversations with preachers on the phone, at church functions, and then at tables in restaurants.

-All of those men helped me to make a little more forward progress in my walk with God. However, I am coming to understand that there will always be angst in the soul when it comes to the pursuit of the absolute, pure and perfect holiness of God. In fact, I don’t believe that any man can attain to the highest level of holiness that God has for us as long as we are chained to the human body!

-On the other hand, I do know that when we are filled with the Spirit that we have an ability to walk in the Spirit as deemed in Romans 8 (the whole chapter) and we are able to walk as “super-conquerors” (Romans 8:37). Furthermore walking in the Spirit is very closely tied to our own desire to live a godly, disciplined, and holy life (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

-So just recently I again came into contact with some of the words of Jerry Bridges. He was just interviewed for an article that came out in a magazine called TableTalk. The title of the article was called, “The Pursuit of Holiness” and appeared in the January 2012 edition.

-Several quotes stood out to me as I read that article:

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