God’s Holiness and Mankind’s Response(s)

12 11 2007

(1) And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

(2) in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

(3) Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

(4) But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

(5) even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

(6) and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

(7) so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

(9) not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

(10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

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A. The Response of Non-Christians to God’s Holiness? Unbelief, Denial, and Rejection

B. The Response of many professing Christians (Truly Saved?) – Emphasis on God’s Love (While Ignoring His Holiness)

C. God’s Holy, Just Punishment for Sin is Fulfilled by the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross

D. We (Mankind) are to approach the Holy God with Humble Reverence by Faith in Christ Jesus His Son

E. Christians are Called to Humble, Greatful Obedience to Holy, Almighty God

This is the prime way of honoring God. We do not so glorify God by elevated admiration, or eloquent expressions, or pompous services of Him, as when we aspire to a conversing with Him with unstained spirits, and live to Him in living like Him (Stephen Charnock).

Then as God alone is the Source and Fount of holiness, let us earnestly seek holiness from Him; let our daily prayer be that He may “sanctify us wholly; and our whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

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So, true God-honoring worship has more to do with our personal devotion and obedience to God than with our acts of corporate worship. Lord, help me to do so daily. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Churchlayman

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2 responses

12 11 2007
lisaoflongbourn

“Then as God alone is the Source and Fount of holiness, let us earnestly seek holiness from Him…”

Yes! God is teaching me so much about grace, and it is inseparably coupled with a view of His awesome holiness and sovereignty. Specifically recently I’ve been learning what is meant by being “disciplined by grace,” as is the title of Jerry Bridges’ book. Your sentence above as the conclusion to your post on holiness quite summed it up.

To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn

12 11 2007
churchlayman

Amen and Amen. God is holy, worthy, gracious and loving towards His children. Keep up the good walk (in Christ)!

Churchlayman




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