LESSON 14 - The Word is Provision for Holiness
Ben determinately shares that God’s Word is of the agents in your provision for holiness. The writer of Hebrews taught that God’s Word was alive and active. Jesus is the Word of God and He is Truth. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” #lifestyleofholiness #happyholiness !!
THE WORD IS PROVISION FOR HOLINESS
“… I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:15-17)
PRAY: Jesus prayed for you and He always prays the Father’s will; The Father will answer Jesus.
WORLD: God’s plan was to always sanctify you while you are living on earth (today).
NOT OF THE WORLD: Jesus was Holy, He lived in the world but not of the world; the world did not contaminate Him; you are commanded, and empowered by God, to live the same way—holy!
SANCTIFY: “to make saint”. Jesus prayed that you would mature into holiness by the WORD.
The Word of God is alive and Active: God’s word one of the agents in your provision for holiness. The writer of Hebrews taught that God’s Word was alive and active (Heb. 4:12), which means His Word is the truth to transform you and it is the light to your path (Ps. 119:105) (today and in the age to come). It is important that you have a life plan to walk out our life of holiness.
Provision for Holiness in the WORD – Jesus calls us to be HOLY like Him and provided a way for us to do this according to the bank account of His Word.
THE WORD IS JESUS: (John 1:1-2) The Word is God; The Word is Jesus; The Word was pre-creation, He is the only Begotten of the Father; the Word is the Living Expression of the Father’s divine personality, who came in flesh, and made the Father accessible.
THE WORD IS TRUTH: (John 17:14-17) Jesus is the Word of God and He is Truth. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth”. God’s word is truth and it never changes, while other “worldly truth(s)” change with culture and social change (Ps.119: 89; 160). God’s word is truth, therefore, it is alive, which means His Word has the power to change you into His image.
THE WORD SANCTIFIES: Paul (2 Thess. 2:13) taught, “because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth…” Holy Spirit is your Teacher and Guide into a deeper walk of sanctification; He speaks Truth (The Word), brings you to belief in the Truth, & empowers you to walk in Truth, which is holiness.
THE WORD IS INTIMACY: God is Love. God loves God and loves you the same way (Jn. 15:9). Jesus, the Living Word of God, expresses His love to the world and you (Jn. 3:16). His Word creates JOY and LOVE, as you follow His commandments (Jn. 15:12); His Word is the only pathway to experience TRUE LOVE and Jesus gave His life that you might experience His Love (Jn. 15:13). You must read His word, believe His word, and then His Holy Spirit bears witness to the Word of God by bringing His Love to life inside you (Jn. 16:13-15). Solomon expressed that God’s through a song, “Kiss me with the kisses of your Word (SofS 1:2).
THE WORD IS LIKE WATER: Paul taught (Eph. 5:25-27), God’s word sanctifies and cleanses us. God’s word can clean you so that you become bright and shiny just like on your wedding day. His Word will cleanse your way when you take heed (grow in knowledge) and hide it in your heart (Ps. 119:9-11).
KNOW (WORD) BIBLE FOUNDATIONS AND PROMISES: The bible is rich in foundational teachings and promises that are yet to come. 2 Peter 1:4 taught that, “by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. God’s Word and His Spirit help to bring understanding (Ps. 119:130).
PLAN FOR THE WORD: you have a plan to pay your bills by the end of the month, and you have a plan for other areas of your life. You need a plan to read the bible: read the bible through; text God; pray read the bible; learn foundational teachings; learn end times.
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