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Title page Copyright page Foreword Introduction Chapter 1. What Is Holiness? Chapter 2. Holiness Throughout Scripture Chapter 4. God Requires Holiness Chapter 5. The Cleansing We Need Chapter 7. A Revelation of God's Holiness Chapter 8.
They are the burning ones. The seraphim have six wings: Please notice that the emphasis in this verse is on worship first and service second. With two wings, they covered their faces in worship and reverence. With two other wings, they covered their feet in worship and reverence. They used the remaining two wings to fly in service.
This is the proper order and the right proportion. Worship comes before service. In many churches today, there is little or no appreciation of worship, but a great deal of activity with very little effective service.
The Threefold Holy Lets continue on in Isaiah 6: And one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! And the posts [foundations nasb] of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
Throughout eternity, this reminder of His holiness is given forth. The impact of the quality of holiness in almighty God is such that even the heavenly temple vibrates and trembles. As Isaiah was caught up into heaven, he had this vision of worship in Gods presence, in which he saw these seraphimthese burning, fiery creatures. As he listened, he heard them as one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
This same idea is carried over into the book of Revelation, which records how John was caught up likewise into heaven. He also heard the cries of the seraphim. They are not called seraphim in the Revelation passage, but they are the same beings. In Revelation, they are called living creatures: The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power. Revelation 4: I believe there is a significance to the threefold repetition that is related to the tri-unity, or trinity, of God.
It signifies that holy is the Father, holy is the Son, and holy is the Spirit. No one else is holy; holiness is uniquely descriptive of God. Therefore, as we saw earlier, we can understand or become partakers of holiness only insofar as we relate to God Himself.
Holiness sums up His total being. When we see that the Bible uses the word holy three times to describe God, we realize that holy is the word that truly describes Him. As far as we know, the word is never applied apart from some reference to Him. Moving forward, we will see that holiness is not optional.
As the Scriptures tell us, Without [holiness] no one will see the Lord Hebrews Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
However, this revelation of the holiness of God caused him to see himself in an entirely new light. He realized how far he was below the standard of Gods holiness and heavens holiness.
Please notice that when Isaiah became aware of his deficiency, there was one particular part of himself about which he was most acutely conscious, and in which he fell short. What was that? His lips. James 3: Isaiah was brought face-to-face with the fact that he needed much more holiness than he had received to that point.
This is how God normally deals with you and me. He brings us to a sense of our need, and then He reveals His provision for the need. As we go on in this study, we will see that this process is true in relation to our need for holiness. When we acknowledge our need, God is then ready with His provision. As soon as Isaiah acknowledged his need, Gods provision came to him: Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
And he touched my mouth with it, and said: Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged. It wasnt a result of his own effort. Rather, it was due to the direct intervention of God. That coal from the altar is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It is by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit that man is made holy. The Call to Service It was only after Isaiah had admitted his need and received Gods provision to meet it that he heard the call to service.
We see in Isaiah 6: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, Here am I! Send me. Basically and I believe this is a reality that most Christians dont recognize , God does not use volunteers. We will see the truth of this statement in succeeding chapters.
As long as you think you can do the job and that God is rather lucky to have you working for Him, there really isnt much that you can do of any permanent value for Him. However, when you come to the place where you realize that you are totally unfit, unable, and unworthy, then God will reach out His hand and touch your life. My Call to Service This passage dealing with Isaiahs confession of unclean lips and his response to Gods call upon him is very meaningful to me because a similar experience took place in my life.
The first time I went to a Pentecostal church service, accompanied by a fellow soldier in the British Army, it was somewhat of a shock to me. I came from a strong background in philosophy and had never been in such a service before.
I had just one burning question: Does this preacher really know what hes talking about? The preacher that evening took his text from the passage in Isaiah 6 that we have been examining. When he got to verse 5I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lipssomething said to me, No one ever described you more accurately than that!
From my experience in the British Army, I do not think there could have been any other group of men, anywhere, that better fit the designation of a people of unclean lips. After quoting that Scripture, he had my attention. I didnt know what he was talking about, but I realized that he did. And that was the door that opened to bring me to salvation. The preacher had previously been a taxi drivera different type of person from those I had listened to at Cambridge University. Although he had started with this text, he did not stick with it.
He was one of those preachers who move from the Old Testament to the New and back again. Actually, I found him hard to follow. At one point, he was talking about David the shepherd boy and his relationship with King Saul, and he conducted an imaginary dialogue between the two. He very rightly emphasized the fact that King Saul was head and shoulders taller than the rest of the people by jumping up on a little bench. When he was speaking as King Saul, he looked down at where he had been when he was speaking as David.
I was following this presentation with some interest, but, in the midst of an impassioned speech as King Saul, the bench collapsed, and he fell to the floor with a loud thud. Frankly, if you had been planning to prepare a presentation suitable for a professor from Cambridge, you would have left that part out. But, in spite of everything that happenednot because of everything, but in spite of itI realized that he did know what he was talking about. Furthermore, I knew that I didnt.
When the preacher got to the end of this strange performance, he asked for every head to be bowed and every eye to be closed.
I had never been in a setting where people bowed their heads like that and where, if a person wanted this experience, he would put his hand up. There was no background musicnothing.
Just complete silence. So, I sat there in what seemed to be a very long silence, and there were two inaudible voices speaking, one in each ear. One said, If you put your hand up in front of these old ladies as a soldier in uniform, youre going to look very silly.
Honestly, I was paralyzed. I could not respond. And then, a miracle took place. A real miracle. I saw my own right arm go up in the air, and I knew I had not raised it. At that point, I was really frightened. I thought, What have I gotten myself into? Well, that was all that the people at the service were waiting for. The moment my arm went up, everything started moving again. I didnt receive any counseling from the pastor, but a very kind elderly couple who kept a boardinghouse near the church invited my fellow soldier and me home for supper.
For soldiers in the army, that was a very tempting invitation. As we walked back together with them, this little lady of about sixty told me about her experiences. She described how her husband had been exempted from military service in World War I because hed had tuberculosis. I knew that if it had gained him an exemption, it must have been a valid medical diagnosis. Then, she said to me, I prayed every day for ten years for God to heal my husband.
I thought to myself, This is a dimension I have never even thought ofto pray every day for ten years for something. She continued, One particular day, I was in the parlor praying. My husband was sitting up in bed in the bedroom spitting up blood. I heard a voice say, Claim it. And I answered, Lord, I claim it now.
At that very moment, her husband was completely healed. Well, I said to myself, maybe this is what Ive been looking for. The Need for Humility That was my introduction to the Pentecostal movement, and that was how God used this passage from Isaiah 6 as my calling into service for Him, as unprepared for and unfamiliar with that entire realm as I was.
Every man whose life I have studied in the Scriptures who was called by God to a special job felt he was unfit to do that job. If you ever meet a person who says he is called by God and is fully able to do the job, you can be almost sure he was not called by God. So, Isaiah had to be humble, he had to be brought low in the presence of Gods holiness, before he was qualified for the task to which the Lord wanted to call him. The same will be true for you.
In this chapter, we will look more closely at the Scripture in Revelation 4 that lines up with the passage in Isaiah 6, along with some other passages on holiness. I love the book of Revelation.
At one time, I said to my wife Ruth, I just dont understand the book of Revelation. I dont get much out of it. Lets read it right through. So, we did. Afterward, I said, I still didnt get much out of it.
Lets read it through again. And we did. The third time, something opened up to me. From that point on, if I had to choose what passage I would like to read, most often, I would choose either Revelation 4 or 5, because that section of Scripture describes a scene of worship in heaven. Again, within those chapters, as in the Isaiah 6 passage, the word holy is applied three times to the Lord. Lifted to the Throne Level Revelation 4 is a glorious chapter, the key word and central theme of which is throne.
Lets examine this whole chapter, counting how many times the word throne is mentioned in it. After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven [the first thing he saw was the throne], and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.
Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal.
And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.
In a single chapter of only eleven verses, the words throne or thrones occur fourteen times. The highest level of the created order of the universe is the throne level. In this fourth chapter of Revelation, the apostle John is lifted up to the throne level. This scene, therefore, takes place at the highest level of creation, and, on that level, there is one continual theme: Holy, holy, holy. As I indicated earlier, this threefold declaration speaks of the triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit.
Holy is the Father, holy is the Son, and holy is the Spirit. Again, all heaven is constantly reminded of this fact. Surely, it would be appropriate if those of us on earth were a little more mindful of the same factin particular, those of us who are the members of Christs body, the church. Lets consider a few additional salient points from this passage. It is significant that the first object John saw when he was caught up in the Spirit was a throne.
Then, when his eyes had adjusted to the throne, he could see the Person who was seated on the throne. John was seeing the throne room of God, the place from which the universe is governed.
Next, John saw the living creaturesfiery beingsand heard them crying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. There is something about holiness that is fiery, and that interests me a great deal. Just prior to mentioning the fiery creatures, this passage talks of the seven lamps of fire Revelation 4: Hebrews It does not say that God is like a consuming fire; He is a consuming fire.
It is God the Holy Spirit. He is a consuming fire. They fell on their faces because they were present before God Himself, not a mere spiritual manifestation. They were present before the third person of the Godhead, the One who is a living flame of fire. Glorious in Holiness In the last chapter, we discussed the theme of holiness in Isaiah 6: Let us now look at some additional Scriptures in the Old Testament that speak about the holiness of God.
We will briefly go through them in order. The first is Exodus Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful [awesome nasb, niv] in praises, doing wonders?
God is glorious in His holiness. And, when we see His holiness, He becomes fearful or awesome, inspiring us to praise Him. When we praise Him, He then does wonders. There is a beautiful revelation there.
When you appreciate the holiness of God, you praise Him as He should be praised. When you praise Him as He should be praised, the wonders begin to flow. That is the divine order.
Who are you going to serve, now that youre in your land? Joshua gave them this choice: Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. You can serve the gods that your fathers served on the other side of the river Euphrates in Mesopotamia.
Or, you can serve the gods of the Amorites, whose lands you now dwell in. Or, you can serve the true and living God, the Lord.
See Joshua And the people responded that they would serve the Lord: So the people answered and said: Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods. In response, Joshua came back with a rather surprising reply: You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
This is what I meant by that statement. So many in the contemporary church say, I think I want to serve the Lord. I wonder if God has a job for me. As long as you approach almighty God with that attitude, you are not going to make contact with Him. Again, I believe that most Christians today have the impression that God was rather lucky to get their services when they were saved.
God doesnt see it that way. For a good many years, I had that attitude, because I had been somewhat accomplished in the professional and academic worlds. Years later, I began to see that it was a totally different story. God had accepted tremendous responsibilities when He accepted me. God says, You cant do it. Youre not qualified. Youre not equipped. Youll fail, and then youll be worse off than you were before. We need to bear this thought in mind: He is a holy God.
A glorious God. A fearful God. We cannot fool around in His service. It is not a matter of playing little religious games. It is not a matter of attending church now and then, whenever it suits us. Unless it is a total commitment, it has very little value. No One Is Holy like the Lord The theme of Gods holiness is brought up again in 1 Samuel, where we see it in the song of Hannah after God had granted her the baby she had been longing for. Allow me to make just a brief observation regarding the passage in 1 Samuel 1 when Hannah was fretting.
I would say that a fretting woman is often a barren woman. But when Hannah got the victory in faith and ceased fretting, she conceived and became a mother. In chapter 2, she had a note of victory in her song of praise. And Hannah prayed and said: My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.
He is holy, and there is none other like Him in the whole universe. Enthroned upon the Praises of His People Then, in the Psalms, we have another beautiful revelation of the holiness of God and our proper reaction to it.
The psalmist said, You are holy, enthroned in [upon nasb] the praises of Israel Psalm The King James Version translates the verse as, Thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel, but I prefer enthroned in to inhabitest. I was once talking about this verse with a Swedish friend who is a singer.
I had been preaching on the topic of praise and about the translation of Psalm It had been a real revelation to me. Then, my Swedish friend said this to me: A king is a king, whether he has a throne or not. The Lord is a King, whether He has a throne or not. But when we praise Him, we offer Him His throne to sit upon. And then, in His kingly presence, He is among us. God sits enthroned upon the praises of His people.
But we must recognize that praise is the outcome of the recognition of His holiness. You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isaiah The Holy One says, I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit. My initial comment is that Gods holiness provokes mans humility. When we really see the holiness of God, there is only one condition that will result in us, and that is humility. Notice that there are actually three words that run like a theme through the above verse, and each of these words occurs twice.
In addition, each begins with the letter h: The theme of this verse is high, holy, and humble. If you want God to dwell with you, offer Him a humble heart. The One who inhabits eternity and whose throne is above the heavens will dwell with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit.
I dont believe that anybody who is living in the revelation of the holiness of God can be proud, because pride is really a denial of Gods holiness. I hope this brief examination of the above Scriptures has helped you to better understand the nature of Gods holiness. We will move on now to see how God expects His people to walk in holiness. Not only is God holy, but He also requires holiness in His people. In exploring this topic, we will examine a number of Scriptures from Leviticus, because the theme of the book of Leviticus is holiness the word holy occurs there more than ninety times.
For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves [consecrate means to sanctify or to make holy], and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. This quality is what distinguishes and separates us from all other people on the earth. Let us turn briefly to Leviticus That you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean.
One of the main themes of the book of Leviticus is how to distinguish between what is holy and what is unholy, between what is clean and what is unclean. In fact, one of the main responsibilities of the priesthood under the law of Moses was to teach Gods people the difference between holy and unholy.
The failure of the priesthood to do so was one of the main causes of spiritual and national disaster in Israel. This same principle applies to Christian ministry. One of the great responsibilities of the ministers of Gods people is to teach the true nature of holiness, including how to distinguish between what is holy and what is unholy. Where this teaching is not given, or is not received, spiritual disaster will always follow. Missing Pieces in Understanding Holiness One of the greatest missing pieces in the churchs understanding of holiness is the practice of fasting.
It has dropped almost entirely out of the picture, and the church cannot have a complete conception of the holiness of God without it. Connected to this missing piece is the loss of intercession leading up to fasting. To me, a passage in Isaiah 59 is a picture of our contemporary society. The passage continues, So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. You do not have to be actively or aggressively righteous to be persecuted in society today.
You simply have to refrain from evil, and people will notice you and pick on you. Here was the Lords reaction to the situation in which truth failed and he who departed from evil made himself a prey: Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor. He wonders at the fact that there are no intercessors. Plastering with Untempered Mortar We see a similar truth in Ezekiel 22, which highlights Gods emphasis on intercession.
In the passage below, there are four groups that are charged with delinquency, and they all begin with the letter p. This is the order of those groups: Please notice that God does not begin with the princes, the secular rulers. He begins with those who profess faith in Himthe prophets and the priests.
If you can trace the trouble to its cause, that is where it begins. Secular rulers may be evil, but they are never the primary source of evil. It is those who claim to represent God with no true evidence of doing so who are the primary source of the problem. We begin with Ezekiel Son of man, say to her [Israel]: You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.
In the late s, I was teaching in Kenya, and one of my students read this verse and commented, The only thing that can cleanse a land is the rain of the Holy Spirit. That observation has never departed from me. A land that has not received the rain of the Holy Spirit is not cleansed.
Then, the Lord continued, The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion. Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy. Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey. Her prophets plastered [the people] with untempered mortar. The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy. We are not confronting the basic issues of sin and righteousness and responsibility.
Again, in Ezekiel Please note that the people are the last to be blamed. We can accuse the drug addicts and the sinners, but they are at the end of the story. The trouble begins with the prophets and then the prieststhe clergy.
Standing in the Gap Then, we come to the climax of Ezekiel So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
But I found no onenot one person. Notice that the person God sought was expected to do two things. First, he was to build up a wall. Generally, in our contemporary culture, all the walls of natural separation have been broken downparticularly, in my opinion, the separation between male and female, which is basic.
It was the original separation instituted at creation, and I have lived long enough to see this separation broken down, sometimes through acts of law, before my eyes. God was looking for this person to not only rebuild the walls of separation but also restore the boundaries. Finally, he was to stand in the gap before Himto stand between the people and the Lord as an intercessor. Intercessor means one who comes in between. For example, Abraham was an intercessor on behalf of the people of the city of Sodom.
When the Lord and two angels visited Abrahams home, Abraham stood between the Lord and Sodom and bargained with the Lord, reducing the required number of righteous men from fifty to ten. The Lord eventually said, in effect, If I find ten righteous, Ill spare the city for their sake.
Unfortunately, He did not find even ten, but Abraham standing between the Lord and the objects of His wrath is a perfect picture of the intercessorthe one who stands in between.
See Genesis Another description of an intercessor is a person who comes from among his own people, stands before God, and says, If You strike them, Lord, Youre going to have to strike me first.
That is the intercessor. As a nation, we have departed so far from God, His standards, and all that we know to be righteous that, unless we can truly humble ourselves before Him and call upon His mercy, there is no hope. Hope is not in the politician. It is not even in the church leaders. Hope is in a humble minority who will afflict their souls with fasting and intercession.
But these, again, are missing elements of holiness and righteous actions that ought to be found in the church. Self-denial was a major theme of the writings of nineteenth-century Christian leaders. Today, I never hear it taught. We are in a very different frame of mind from the people Paul urged to pursue holiness Hebrews To pursue something is to aim for it and to go for it with all your might. You may have to run fast, or you may have to surmount obstacles, but you are following hard after this pursuit.
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Your impressions may be different from mine, but, as I wrote in the introduction, I honestly cannot think of any group of people I have ministered to and been among who were truly pursuing holiness. In my book They Shall Expel Demons, I included an analogy of the contemporary churchs attitude toward holiness. I put it in terms of a tour package. At one time in our lives, my wife Ruth and I organized tours, so we were very familiar with the process.
People can purchase the basic tour package, and then, if they want to do something additional, it becomes an add-on, or an option, for which they can pay a little extra. For example, suppose a group is quoted a certain price for a trip to the Holy Land, but, for two hundred dollars extra, they can add a boat trip up the Nile River.
The excursion up the Nile is an option that they dont have to take. I believe a lot of Christians in the contemporary church regard salvation as the trip to the Holy Land and holiness as the optional excursion up the Nile. Holiness is treated as an add-on, but nobody bothers to pay for it. I am not attacking anyone; I am just being objective, as far as my own impressions are concerned.
Holiness is not an add-on in Gods provision. It is an essential part of His salvation, and He expects it of His people. In fact, holiness is to be our distinguishing mark, as we will see in the next chapter. In this chapter, we will look at corresponding Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments which support this premise: A Special Treasure First, in Exodus 19, God says to His people, Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar [special nkjv] treasure unto me above all people: The word peculiar, used in the above Scripture, has undergone a change in meaning somewhat from the days of the King James Version, when it meant distinct, unlike anything else, separate.
In Deuteronomy 14, we find almost the same wording as in the Exodus passage. The book of Deuteronomy is essentially an analysis of the conditions for entering into your God-given inheritance and staying in it. And, like Leviticus, Deuteronomy puts great emphasis on holiness: For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a [peculiar kjv] people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy It is this trait that distinguishes them from all other peoples. And it is this trait that lifts them up. We cannot live on the plane that God desires us to live on unless we live and walk in holiness.
This truth is stated very clearly in Deuteronomy Lets begin with the first part of verse Also today the Lord has proclaimed [avouched kjv] you to be His special [peculiar kjv] people. The word proclaimed means publicly acknowledged. God publicly acknowledges His people as being distinct from all other people. These two qualities cannot be separated. God wants His people to live on a high plane, not to be under the dominion of situations and circumstances and the attacks of the enemy. He wants us to be a victorious, reigning people.
But the condition is holiness. In 1 Peter, the apostle Peter actually quoted the Old Testament passages that we have already examined as he wrote to his Christian audience. Then, we see in 1 Peter 2: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special [peculiar kjv] people.
All the phrases in the above verse were taken from the several passages of the Old Testament we have looked at.
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They are just compiled in this one verse to describe Christian believers. The verse tells us why we are called to be holy: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special [peculiar kjv] people, that you may proclaim [show forth kjv] the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
A person who does not praise God has very little conception of His holiness. Where Gods holiness is revealed, it stirs us up to praise. We proclaim His praises, meaning that we demonstrate His nature and qualities to those around us. Moving to the book of Revelation, chapter 1, we read, To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father.
Actually, that is a more literal translation of what the New Testament says: The same thought is found in Revelation 5: And they sang a new song, saying: You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation 5: What is the function of a king? It is to rule. What is the function of a priest? It is twofold: As believers in Christ, we have already been made kings and priests to rule, to offer sacrifices, and to intercede. This is not something that is expected of us in the future. It has already occurred, as we take our places in Christ and in His holiness. Please notice how all these Old Testament and New Testament verses correspond to one another: You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy Leviticus Be holy, for I am holy.
A kingdom of priests and a holy nation Exodus It is the same language. Again, both Deuteronomy A chosen generation, a holy nation, and a special peculiar people.
Clearly, the distinction of Gods people is their holiness. It is the indication above all others that we belong to Him. We turn our focus now to other writings in the New Testament that emphasize holiness. We will start with the writings of the apostle Paul, beginning in 2 Corinthians 7: Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Please notice that the responsibility is put clearly upon us. It is what we have to do. We have to perfect, or complete, holiness in the fear of God. Also, observe that this passage directs us to cleanse ourselves from two different kinds of filthiness: Filthiness of the flesh refers to obvious carnal sinsfornication, drunkenness, blasphemy, and so on.
But filthiness of the spirit is that forbidden interaction with Satans kingdom: The Bible signifies that such interaction is spiritual adultery. See, for example, 1 Corinthians In Gods sight, it is far more serious than even physical adultery.
The Scriptures say that, in view of Gods promises, we are under an obligation to cleanse ourselves in both areasthe area of the flesh and the area of the spirit.
By so cleansing ourselves, we are perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Reasons for Cleansing Let me point out that the first word of 2 Corinthians 7: Therefore, having these promises. You may be familiar with one of my favorite sayings, which is, When you find a therefore in the Bible, you want to find out what its there for.
The word therefore in the above verse refers to the promises of God from the Old Testament that are quoted at the end of 2 Corinthians chapter 6.
Specifically, the last two verses of that chapter read as follows: Therefore Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. Then, as we have seen, Paul went on to say, Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Blameless in Holiness Let us look next at several important passages on holiness found in the first epistle to the Thessalonians.
In many ways, the Thessalonians had been model converts to Christ. They had come to the Lord with great joy and excitement. Their lifestyles had been transformed.
They were living witnesses. The Word of God sounded out from them to the regions round about. But we have to remember that they had formerly lived in abject paganism and heathenism, and there were many truths about God that they still did not know.
If you did not realize this, you might be surprised at some of the things that Paul had to tell them. One of the truths he had to emphasize was the principle of holiness, or sanctification. They had not yet come to understand much of this principle, and so you will see the theme of sanctification running throughout Pauls first letter to them. We will examine this theme in three successive passages, beginning with 1 Thessalonians 3.
This was Pauls desire and prayer for these believers: And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints [holy ones]. I believe that if you read the New Testament with an open mind, you will discover this vital truth: The New Testament Christians lived in the hourly expectation that Jesus would be coming back.
Consequently, this was their greatest motivation for pursuing and maintaining holiness in their lives. I believe we cannot live in holiness as they lived unless we have the same expectation they had. The coming of the Lord is the hope written about in 1 John 3: Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He [Jesus] is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. I was once talking to a sweet lady, the wife of a pastor from an old-line denomination, who had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. We were talking about this theme, and I began to speak about the fact that the coming of the Lord is very close at hand. In a very nice way, she began to try to cool me off, telling me that I was not to get too excited.
People also believed this in the year one thousand, and they believed it in the days of Wesley. There were many people throughout church history who believed it, and still the Lord hasnt come. I replied, Nevertheless, I believe Hes coming, and coming soon.
This lady and I did not have an argument, and I really think I pleased the Lord by replying the way I did. I went to bed that night at peace, and I received a little extra reward in the morning, when I woke with something inside me that said, Jesus is coming soon.
I dont mind telling you that I have never been quite as excited about the coming of the Lord as I was at that point. Believe me, it is the real motivation for holy living. Paul said, in effect, Remember, youre going to meet Jesus. Just imagine how youre going to have to be at that great hour. That is the motivation Paul described in 1 Thessalonians 3: So that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints [holy ones].
Again, the second coming of Jesus Christ is the great incentive to personal holiness. Please notice in the above verse where holiness begins. It begins in the heart. Gods most valuable work always begins in the heart. A Clean Vessel In the next chapter of 1 Thessalonians, Paul progressed to talking about holiness in relation to our bodies: For this is the will of God, your sanctification: But these people came from a pagan background without the Ten Commandments and without any accepted standards of morality.
Paul had to tell them that fornication is not permitted for a Christian. Some people today give it a fancier name and call it premarital sex, but the same truth still applies.
Verse 4 says that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor. What is meant by his own vessel? Paul was speaking of the physical body. In effect he was saying, As a Christian, you have to know how to keep the vessel of your physical body in holiness and honor. You must learn how to keep that body of yours pure, clean, healthy, and available to the Spirit of God.
Your body is honorable. It is a wonderful creation of God that was designed to be a temple of the Holy Spirit see 1 Corinthians 3: For example, I do not think any sincere believer can neglect the health of his own body, because the body is so closely tied in with Gods purposes of holiness.
Paul gave similar instructions to the Romans: Do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but presentyour members as instruments of righteousness to God Romans 6: I do not agree with anybody who deliberately breaks down the condition of his physical body in any way. Holiness is not just a list of donts, a fact I will emphasize throughout this book. However, anything that actually causes the condition of the physical body to deteriorate is unholyno matter what it may be.
Sanctified Completely The final verse we will examine is from the fifth chapter of 1 Thessalonians. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly. This is doubtless the verse from which the phrase entire sanctification, a concept emphasized in some denominations, is taken. Rightly understood, entire sanctification is a scriptural doctrine. But it is not to be confused with the extreme teaching of sinless perfection, which is not what the Bible teaches. Paul prayed here that these people would be sanctified wholly, entirely, completely.
Then, he was very specific as to what that meant: And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. In view of this event, Pauls mandate is to keep yourselfspirit, soul, and bodyclean, pure, and ready.
Sanctification applies to every area of life. When Jesus comes, He is coming for a complete personality. And that personality needs to be sanctified, holy, set apart for God. The book of Job describes a revelation of Gods sovereignty and holiness that we will unfold in this chapter. My wife Ruth and I frequently studied Job together, and it was always an enriching experience.
One time, after we had just finished reading the book again, I remarked to her, No one can explain God. I believe it is very important for us to understand that it is impossible to fully explain God.
He is unfathomable, and He is totally sovereign. My definition of sovereignty is this: God does what He wants, when He wants, the way He wants, and He asks no ones permission. In contrast to that, contemporary culture has the attitude, Well, if God is going to do something, He needs my permission. He is the author of over 50 books, audio and video teachings, many of which have been translated and published in more than languages. The radio program continues to touch lives around the world.
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Therefore disaster wil Psalm There are three simple steps that are indicated in those words I read to you. The first, commit y Hebrews 6: First, we must come under the discipline of the God-given ministries Paul listed in Ephesians 4: Without their disciplin For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me ha Let us look at the way holiness was to be attained under the old covenant. All of Leviticus 11 enumerates comp In this, number one, I will seek to analyse a problem that has arisen in many sections of the church in many parts of the world.
In the next message, I will seek to analy
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