Understanding Holiness // Part 3
For the last couple of Sundays, we have been deepening our understanding of the doctrine of holiness. Our first study led us into the understanding that God is holy and that He is unlike anyone we will ever encounter on this earth. There is nothing in our daily experience that prepares us for what we will encounter when we climb the mountain of fellowship with God. The second study focused on the benefit for us of God’s holiness. Without God’s holiness, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not necessary and without holiness there is no freedom in God! Today, we finish up by taking a look at something called “Partakers of His holiness”.
Because holiness is the essence of God’s character, it becomes our calling as His children by inheritance. Have you ever seen a child, maybe one of yours and seen a character trait or physical trait and said, “He/she inherited that from their mother!” That’s what we are talking about today. Those born of God inherit His traits and one of those traits is holiness. God’s spirit within us will not sin and that same Spirit will fight against sin, not to placate it but to destroy it. We are all so thankful for God’s love. But, answer me this: How can you have true love without holiness? How can you truly love someone while allowing or being a partner to things in their life that destroy them?
God’s love is selfless – only wanting the best for the object of its affection therefore it must be holy. There are a few things that you need to know about God’s holiness:
- The perfect righteousness of Jesus has been credited to your account.
Nothing impure can dwell with God. When speaking of heaven and our future home, the Bible tells us this about its atmosphere in Revelation 21:27. We are not perfect in this life. God knows that. We are in a state of sanctification. Sanctification is the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy. Because we are finite and liable to die if the infinite, absolutely pure holiness of God came upon us suddenly, God is making us holy through the process of sanctification. Making our hearts holy first and then our behavior becomes holy. But, to even be able to fellowship with God requires a perfect holiness that we don’t have. Therefore, the holiness and righteousness of Jesus is credited to you and God deals with you through that credited righteousness. We live in two states at once – best described by Hebrews 10:14.
- You are bought with the blood of Jesus.
Since holiness is such a hard to understand concept to us, we have a hard time understanding that anything God touches or uses becomes holy – it becomes His. We have been touched by God; used by God; set apart to God. Therefore, this process has changed us forever. You are as holy as any instrument used in the Temple service of Israel. You are as holy as the priests who did the work of service. Everything you own – everything you touch – everything you get involved in is holy unto the Lord. The sacred anointing oil of the Spirit is upon you. This process has dramatically changed your life into one of fellowship with God, liberty over sin, and ministry in the will of God.
- 1 Peter 1:13-16
- 1 John 3:8-9 (NIV)
- Romans 6:22
- Revelation 21:27 (NIV)
- Hebrews 10:14 NIV
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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