HolinessBro. David Chancellor
5/9/2010 6:00 PM
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord; Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
"Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed…" Get some strength in your knees and lift up your hands. "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…" There is no way round the issue of holiness. If holiness is left out, there’s nothing left. If you would see God in your life, if others would see God in your life, you have to have holiness. The world needs the message of holiness. Consider what it would mean to fail of the grace of God. We want to walk in the way that God would have us to go.
1 Peter 1:13-16
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance…" There is a before and after part of our lives. "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation…" This defines what the standard of holiness is to be. It should be God’s standard. Be like him. Consider how God defines holiness. We are to be in character, similar to God. Be obedient to God and seek out his will and way. Walk as he would have you to walk.
1 Peter 2:21-23
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Christ left us an example that we should follow. He didn’t sin. Walk in his footprints. How can we settle for something less than that? God can enable you to walk as Jesus walked while he was here. "Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously…" This is how he lived and what he epects of us. Draw your conclusions about holiness from God. Realize this isn’t possible in our own strength, but know that God can give us power to do this. It makes us totally dependent on God. Measure your life on his will and plan.
2 Corinthians 10:12-13
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the ruler which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
Some people approach holiness by comparing themselves to others. That falls way short of God. God is the real standard of holiness.
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me: for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
This describes a people living way short of what God intended, but feeling superior and holier than others. God didn’t like it. It disgusted him. If you’re living less than God accepts, don’t pat yourself on the back for being holier than someone else. Jesus faced this attitude in the Pharisees. Comparative holiness leaves us with what is described here. This type of holiness is why the world opposes the message of holiness.
Remember God, his greatness and holiness and our position in relation to that. Get your attention focused on God and our dependence on him. God wants something better than comparative holiness.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Jesus taught holiness by pointing to God. He addressed how things were and what they were going to be. We’re going to have to spend time in prayer for this kind of holiness to be in us. This holiness is about something on the inside. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Be like God, in your holiness. God doesn’t expect you to be infallible, but he does expect you to be saintly. Consider how God expects us to be. If we come short of that, we won’t see God.
1 John 4:15-17
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God." People want to stop with the confession. "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us." But it keeps tying together God in us and us in him. "…because as he is, so are we in this world." We’ll be as he is … here. The message of holiness is found in God in me and me in him. The source of our holiness is found in him. He did it in Jesus and he can do it in us. It isn’t by our abilities or will, but him working in us. He’ll work by his standard and it will be like him in nature and standard. We need to constantly seek him and his will. We can live as he wants us to if we draw on him every day of our lives. Even Jesus went aside to spend time in prayer with God. He wrestled through some things in prayer.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
There are promises: "and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, sith the Lord Almighty." Anything in us that is unlike God, we should want gone. Perfect holiness by observing God. Consider your life in the context of God. Desire to be like he would have you to be. Keep your eyes on him.