How to Grow in Holiness

Therefore:


II Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.7 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

He will be a Father to us
We will be able to exercise rights as His children
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12
John 1:12

The word power means – choice, authority to choose, liberty to choose to do as one pleases

Two halve of holiness
NOTE: unholiness comes naturally, holiness comes supernaturally

II Timothy 2:19-22 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

  • Depart from iniquity- revolt against, withdraw from
  • Purge – clean thoroughly
  • Flee youthful lusts – run from, seek swift flight from
  • Follow righteousness – flee to, run to swiftly

THE FIRST HALF OF HOLINESS – LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND, CLEANSE, DEPART
THE SECOND HALF OF HOLINESS – CHASE AFTER SOMETHING, FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS

BIRTH                                                  SALVATION                                                   DEATH


  • UNHOLY THINGS
  • OLD NATURE
  • RUN FROM
  • FIRST PART OF HOLINESS
  • HOLY THINGS
  • CHARACTER AND CONDUCT OF JESUS
  • RUN FROM
  • SECOND PART OF HOLINESS
Hebrews 12:1-2 -  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Lay aside – first half of holiness
Run- second half

Lay aside – turn away from, put off
Beset – surrounded by
Patience – steadfast, consistency, endurance
Looking – Turning of your eyes from one thing and fixing it upon another

Holiness as a believer is a personal responsibility
YOU Must cleanse from present sins
YOU Must pursue after righteousness

Colossians 3:8;12-13 – But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Put off – cast aside, put away from
Malice – ill will, desire to see one hurt, wickedness that is not ashamed
Blasphemy – slander, injurious speech, defaming one’s character
Filthy communication – foul language, obscene speech

Put on – clothe with
Bowels of mercy – a heart of mercy and compassion
Kindness – moral goodness
Humbleness of mind – modesty, deep sense of one’s moral smallness
Meekness – a spirit of submission
Longsuffering – patience, endurance, steadfastness, slow to avenge wrong
Forbearing – holding up one another, to sustain another
Forgiving – graciously restore one another, show of kindness, benevolence
Quarrel – complaint against another

Holiness is shown in our lives when we are able to forgive as Christ forgave us.

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