Lesson 8 - WHAT IS HOLINESS?
Ben incisively shares that God’s character is Holy and He calls us to be Holy just like Him. Holiness is not an option to the life of a Christian, or for only a select few mighty saints. Instead, it is the plan of God for your life.
WHAT IS HOLINESS?
“… ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. ‘Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and keep My Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.”
Holiness – God’s character is Holy and He calls us to be Holy just like Him. Holiness is not an option to the life of a Christian, or for only a select few mighty saints. Instead, it is the plan of God for your life.
Holiness in the Bible – Holiness is not just lists of “don’t do”. Instead, holiness is found throughout the scriptures. Below is a list of words, from the Greek language, found in the New Testament, that explain holiness:
Holy – (Greek for holy is “Hagios”: adj.) holy means: revered, sacred, and consecrated to God.
Saint – is the plural (more than one) of the adjective “holy”; saints means “holy ones”.
Sanctify – is “to make saint” (saintly or holy) (i.e. sanctification; you are being sanctified now)
God is a Father – God is a Good Father; He is making good children that will be with Him forever. Therefore, you walk out holiness; honoring your Father in Heaven, and by honoring your mother and father on earth (when they walk out righteousness) (Lev. 19:2-3; Exo. 20:12; Mal. 1:6; 4:5-6).
God is both – God’s character is Holy; you cannot separate God into the parts you “agree” with. You can get in error when you emphasize one attribute over another in an “unrighteous” way.
He is the uncreated God; He is righteousness; HE IS HOLY; His nature cannot be separated
Holy fear of the Lord………..and…...…..Holy God will dwell with us forever
Chastening Father…………and…………Adopting Father
Wrath……………and……………………He is patient
HOLY Fear of the Lord: God is Holy and sin cannot dwell before Him; God is LIGHT and darkness can not dwell with Him; your sin cannot dwell in a God’s holy presence (1 John 1:5).
Chastening Father: God is Holy, He pours out His wrath against the unrighteousness and He chastens, or lovingly disciplines, the righteous (HE QUALIFIES YOU); the prodigal son realized he sinned against God; he repented before God then returned to honor his father, receiving father’s love (Lu. 15:18; 21).
Adopting Father: God is gracious and filled with amazing adopting LOVE and He lavishes His love on the repentant heart; the good father welcomed back the prodigal son with open arms and restored him to the place of inheritance (Lu. 15:20-24).
Righteous: God is the Creator, He is Righteous in all He does; “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.” (Isa. 55:8); God defines what is right and wrong and you can choose to follow. Sin is still sin even if everyone is doing it, while righteousness is still righteousness even if no one is doing it.
God is LOVE: He is love, but only He can define LOVE; For God so loved the world (Jn. 3:16) but you have to repent and turn to His Righteousness—and He will fill you with LOVE today & eternity.
God is Merciful: God delights in showing Mercy. If we repent, and turn to God He will give us Mercy, and wipe away our sin (Matt. 9:13).
Wrath of God: Paul says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” (Rom. 1:18)
God is Patient: God is patient (long-suffering), meaning He gives you many chances to do what is right; He judges the heart; He draws you to repentance; He is patient with the non-believer, who does not know any better; He is patient with the believer struggling with sin that wants to be free (Rom. 2:4).
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