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Summary: Many today wonder why some people talk about, believe in, and try to live in ’holiness’. This sermon give 3 reasons why Holiness is so important.

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Why is Holiness so Important?

Text: Hebrews 12:14

The question is asked today by many people,

“why is holiness so important?” Why do we talk

about holiness and sanctification and John Wesley

all of the time? Many have become disillusioned

by all of the talk of John Wesley and have begun to

think that this is something that he dreamed up.

Sadly, many have completely stopped preaching

and teaching holiness as necessity, but merely as a

nice option. Much like a car salesmen would say

that a CD player and heated seats would be nice in

the new car he’s selling, but he would never

demand that those options must be bought for fear

of losing his sell. Many today preach and teach

holiness as a nice option or a dream that you could

try to obtain in this life, but you never will so why

bother? However, this morning I believe that there

is more to holiness than that. I would like to

present to you three reasons why I believe holiness

is so important.

1. Because Christ died for it. Hebrews 13:12

Jesus Christ suffered and shed his own blood

on the cruel cross that we may be sanctified! He

did not just die that we could be saved from our

committed sins, but he died so that we may be free

from all of sin. He suffered without the gate, that

he may sanctify the people. By rejecting holiness

we are in fact rejecting his death upon the cross.

The reason he died was that we might be sanctified.

If we reject this second work, we are rejecting him.

Heb. 6:1 1 ¶ Therefore leaving the principles of the

doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not

laying again the foundation of repentance from dead

works, and of faith toward God,.” And then verse

6 tells us that if we don’t go on into perfection we

crucify Christ again. Holiness is important because

Christ died of it. 1 Thess. 4 gives us what the will

of God is, sanctification.

Benjamin West, the great painter, speaking

of Gilbert Stuart, a brother artist famed for his

beautiful coloring, used to say to his pupils, "It’s no

use to steal Stuart’s colors; if you want to paint as

he does, you must steal his eyes." When we are

baffled in our efforts to live as Christ lived, the

record of His life, however wonderful it is, will not

enable us to be like Him. What we need is His

heart, His nature. Only divinity within us can

recognize divinity without. Without the Holy Spirit,

we cannot know Him as God.

Until we are filled with the Holy Ghost and

completely sanctified we are not all that Christ

wants us to be . Jesus Christ died for our

sanctification and this is the first reason why it is so

important. Holiness did not begin with John

Wesley or George Straub, Jesus Christ died for our

sanctification.

2. Because the Carnal Nature drives us without it.

Romans 7:20-24

Paul wrote these verses describing his battle

to do the whole law of the Old Testament. Yet, he

recognized the sin nature in his heart and he battled

with it to try to overcome it. So many today get

tied up in this chapter of Romans but fail to finish

the chapter and read the next one. Paul was battled

with the sin nature which was driving him to do


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