Lesson 9 - 7 PROVISIONS OF HOLINESS
Ben insightfully shares that holiness is scriptural; God made provision (the ability to succeed) for your life in holiness. God does not call the qualified: He qualifies the called.
7 PROVISIONS OF HOLINESS
“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness (holiness), through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 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.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Why 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 is not just a list of “don’t do”. Instead, holiness is scriptural; God made provision (the ability to succeed) for your life in holiness. God does not call the qualified: He qualifies the called.
4 TRUTHS ABOUT WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST GOD’S PROVISION
Full provision in God’s power – Access to your holiness has already been given to you through God’s power. 2 Pt. 1:3 says God has given “all things” that are needed for our life of holiness.
Knowledge of God - Provision comes through progressive Knowledge of Him; searching, believing and confessing (1) who God is and (2) what He thinks about you. 2 Pt. 1:3 says “…through knowledge of Him [Jesus]…” we can be made holy.
Promises of God - Provision is in the promise that God gives us. 2 Pt. 1:4 says, “…given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature (holiness).” God’s promises are truth (promises found in the Word of God and through revelation from the Holy Spirit), and you apply them to your life; His promises are “yes” and “amen” (2 Cor. 1:20)
Divine nature - As you believe and receive God’s promises you will look more like God and less like the world. 2 Pt. 1:4 says, “…partakers of the divine nature (look like God)”, which means you can escape “the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
PROVISION FOR HOLINESS – Jesus calls us to be like Him and provided a way for us to do this:
Jesus Christ – The Father gives the provision of knowledge of HIMSELF through Jesus (2 Pt. 1:3), and He gives the provision of sanctification and redemption through Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2; 30); searching out knowledge about Jesus will give you super power to live holy today.
The Cross – (Jesus’ sacrifice) God gave the provision of the power of the Cross, taking our sins away, if we are willing, “for by one offering God has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” (Heb. 10:14). The cross broke the power of sin in your life, and you can walk in FREEDOM; the sin that controls you can be broken because of the provision of the cross.
The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the ultimate power, and is your provision for holiness. He is the helper (John 14:26) who will sanctify you (power to make you holy today) (1 Cor. 6:11), and transform you into the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13). Holy Spirit helps us pray His will (Rom. 8:26-27)
The Blood of Jesus – The provision of the blood of Jesus separates us from our old, sinful past and makes us Holy. (Heb. 10:29; 13:12). The Blood of Jesus covers our past sins, which dragged us down, and has super power to strengthen us to soar high into a life of holiness.
The Word of God – The Word of God is provision for holiness in that His Word sanctifies you (John 17:17). Jesus, before He left earth, earnestly prayed to the Father, that the Word of God sanctify you. As you read your Bible, all the answers for your holiness are there. Don’t just read the Word of God, let the Word of God read you—let His Word sanctify you; when in doubt, read your Bible.
***It is important to note that the first 5 provisions are God’s part, while the last 2 are your part. God does His part and then you must do your part.***
Our Faith/Believe – The provision of “Faith/Believe” requires that you believe in God. You have to take a leap and trust (come into agreement) with the Father who has qualified (certified) your life of holiness (Col. 1:12).
Our Works – The provision of sanctification, through your works, is powerful; God gives you strength to live holy as you do the Biblical actions that express your faith in God (James 2:22-26) (i.e. works of repentance, that build our inner heart; works to build up the church).
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