Gods Call to Holiness

 GOD’S CALL TO HOLINESS

(WALKING IT OUT)

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. INTRODUCTION – THE BIBLE HAS MUCH TO SAY ABOUT HOLINESS
    1. “BE YE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY …
    2. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
    3. TO BE HOLY MEANS TO BE SEPARATED UNTO THE LORD, SANCTIFIED FOR HIS SERVICE
    4. IT IS A NECESSARY AND PRACTICAL OUTWORKING OF OUR INWARD FAITH IN CHRIST THAT BROUGHT US SALVATION; IT COMES WITH THE WORKING OUT OF OUR SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING IF IT IS NOT EVIDENT OUR SALVATION IS SUSPECT TO WHOM IS THIS LETTER WRITTEN?  PETER WRITING TO:GOD’S ELECT

      STRANGERS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

      CHOSEN BY THE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD THE FATHER

      THROUGH THE SANCTIFYING WORK OF THE SPIRIT

      FOR OBEDIENCE TO JESUS CHRIST AND SPRINKLING BY HIS BLOOD

      I BELIEVE THIS INCLUDES FUTURE GENERATIONS OF BELIEVERS

      I BELIEVE THAT THIS LETTER WAS WRITTEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO US

      PRAISE BE TO GOD – TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE IN OUR BEHALF

      PRAISE BE THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

      GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF SALVATION; IT IS HIS INITIATIVE

      JESUS CHRIST BECAME OUR SALVATION IN OBEDIENCE TO THE FATHER

a)            “HE PRAYED NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE” AND MEANT IT

b)            “HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE BY THE THINGS THAT HE SUFFERED”

c)            HE ONLY SAID AND DID WHAT THE FATHER GAVE HE TO SAY AND DO

  1. IN HIS GREAT MERCY HE GAVE US NEW BIRTH UNTO A LIVING HOPE THROUGH THE RESURRECTION FO JESUS CHRIST – BECAUSE HE LIVES WE LIVE ALSO IN NEWNESS OF LIFE WITH

a)            NEW PERSPECTIVES, NEW VISION

b)            NEW PURPOSE AND NEW PLAN

c)            HE GIVES US A REASON TO LIVE

  1. WE HAVE AN INHERITANCE THAT

a)            CAN NEVER PERISH, SPOIL OR FADE AND IT IS KEPT IN HEAVEN FOR US

b)            JESUS TOLD US NOT TO STORE UP TREASURE ON EARTH WHERE THIEVES BREAK IN AND STEAL AND MOTH AND DUST CORRUPTS …

  1. BY OUR FAITH WE ARE SHIELDED BY GOD’S POWER UNTIL THE COMING OF OUR SALVATION (JESUS) IS REVEALED AT HIS COMING IN THE LAST DAYS (5)

a)            JESUS, HIS VERY NAME MEANS GOD SAVES

(1)          WHEN KING OF ARAM CAME AFTER ELISHA (2 KINGS 6)

(2)          SHIELD OF FAITH IS PART FOR ARMOUR OF SALVATION (EPH 6)

(3)          IT SHIELDS US AGAINST THE FIERY DARTS OF THE ENEMY

(4)          MARTIN LUTHUR HYMN SPEAKS OF “OUR SHIELD AND DEFENDER, THE ANCIENT OF DAYS …”

b)            WE ARE TO GREATLY REJOICE IN THE EXPECTATION OF HIS COMING, THOUGH FOR A LITTLE WHILE WE HAVE TO SUFFER

(1)          SUFFERING AND TRIALS ARE ALLOWED TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH AND TO PROVE THAT IT IS GENUINE

(2)          THAT IT (OUR FAITH) MAY RESULT IN THE PRAISE, GLORY AND HONOR WHEN JESUS CHRIST IS REVEALED (TO US AND TO JESUS CHRIST, BUT ULTIMATELY TO GOD THE FATHER, WHO IS ALL IN ALL)

(3)          OUR FAITH IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD WHICH PERISHES

c)            THOUGH WE HAVE NOT SEEN HIM

d)            WE LOVE HIM THOUGH WE DO NOT SEE HIM NOW WE BELIEVE IN HIM

e)            WE ARE FILLED WITH INEXPRESSIBLE AND GLORIOUS JOY FOR WE ARE RECEIVING THE GOAL OF YOUR FAITH, THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOULS

f)             THERE IS AN INSTANTANEOUS AND AN ON-GOING ASPECT OF SALVATION

  1. THE PROPHETS SPOKE OF THIS SALVATION AND THE GRACE THAT WAS TO COME TO US (11)

a)            THEY SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES INTENTLY TO FIND OUT THE TIME AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES TO WHICH THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN THEM WAS POINTING WHEN HE PREDICTED THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST AND THE GLORIES THAT WOULD FOLLOW

b)            IT WAS REVEALED TO THEM THAT THEY WERE NOT SERVING THEMSELVES BUT US WHEN THEY SPOKE OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD TO YOU BY THOSE WHO PREACHED THE GOSPEL TO YOU BY THE HOLY SPIRIT SENT FROM HEAVEN

c)            EVEN ANGELS LONG TO LOOK INTO THESE MATTERS

  1. BE HOLY (13 – 25)
    1. PREPARE YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION; BE SELF CONTROLLED
      1. GOD WANTS OUR RENEWED MINDS TO BE ACTIVELY CONTROLLING AND RESTRAINING OUR UNREGENERATE BODY
      2. (GOD WILL NOT CONTROL YOU EXCEPT WITH BY YOUR CONTINUING CONSENT AND SUBMISSION.)
    2. SET YOUR HOPE FULLY ON THE GRACE TO BE GIVEN YOU WHEN CHRIST IS REVEALED
    3. AS OBEDIENT CHILDREN, DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THE EVIL DESIRES YOU HAD WHEN YOU LIVED IN IGNORANCE.
      1. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
      2. Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
      3. Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
      4. Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
    4. JUST AS HE WHO CALLED US IS HOLY7, SO WE ARE TO BE HOLY IN ALL THAT WE DO; FOR IT IS WRITTEN: BE YE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY
    5. OUR FATHER JUDGES EACH MAN’S WORK IMPARTIALLY
      1. OUR WORK FOR HIM WILL BE SCRUTINIZED
      2. OUR WORK AND OUR LIFE ARE ONE AND THE SAME – WE CANNOT PRODUCE HOLY WORKS UNLESS WE ARE LIVING A HOLY LIFE.
    6. WE ARE TO LIVE AS STRANGERS HERE WITH A REVERENT FEAR OF GOD
      1. IT WAS NOT WITH GOLD AND SILVER OR PERISHABLE THINGS THAT WE WERE REDEEMED FROM OUR EMPTY WAY OF LIFE HANDED DOWN TO US FROM OUR FATHERS
      2. WE ARE REDEEMED WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, A LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH OR DEFECT
      3. HE WAS CHOSEN BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD BUT REVEALED IN THESE LAST DAYS FOR OUR SAKE.  THROUGH HIM WE BELIEVE IN GOD, WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD AND GLORIFIED HIM SO THAT OUR FAITH AND HOPE IS IN GOD
      4. WE HAVE PURIFIED OURSELVES BY OBEYING THE TRUTH (BEGINNING WITH THE TRUTH THAT WE WERE SINNERS, BOUND FOR HELL, BUT CHRIST DIED FOR US AND THAT BY REPENTING OF OUR SINS AND BELIEVING ON HIM WE CAN BE SAVED), BUT NOT ENDING THERE
      5. WE HAVE BEE N BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF THE IMPERISHABLE, INCORRUPTIBLE SEED, THROUGH THE LIVING AND ENDURING WORD OF GOD.
      6. IN CHAPTER 2, HE GOES ON TO ITEMIZE SPECIFIC SINS THAT WE SHOULD RID OURSELVES OF, THROUGH THE WORKING OF THE WORD IN US.  “THE WORD IS WORKING MIGHTILY IN ME…”

 

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