Saturday, August 18, 2012
What Does The Holy Word Say?
Bible Word Study
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?
1 Peter 1:15-16
"But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy".
Holiness and sanctification is both instant, the moment we are born-again, and progressive from that moment onward. We grow in Jesus through the Word, and are made more Christ-like every day. Anyone who truly loves God wants to be holy.
Study on the following words
1. To give the command for
2. To order or request to undertake a particular activity or work
3. To cause to come to the mind or to attention
1. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred
2. Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct
3. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly
1. To communicate by correspondence
2. To set down in writing; as in to form (letters or words)
3. To ordain or prophesy
1 Thessalonians 5:23
According to the Word, in what ways are we sanctified?
Why is holiness a prerequisite for "seeing the Lord"?
How is Christ's righteousness, holiness and sanctification different from other religions?
THOUGHTS TO PONDER ON
1. Righteousness vs. Holiness
Righteousness is the right-standing with God you gained when you were born again. The only thing you did to be made righteous was to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.
Holiness is another matter. You are not made holy. Holiness is the result of your choices. It's what you do with your time and your actions. It's your conduct. It comes when you make a decision of your will to live according to the precepts of the Lord. In short, holiness is doing those things that please the Father.
Sanctified means "set apart." Set apart from what? From the world! God wants us to be so caught up in spiritual things that we lose interest in carnal activities and pursue Him with all our heart. Sanctification is the process God uses to impart His nature and ability to us, so we are separated from sin and the world and set apart for pure and consecrated living. We love God and therefore we yield to His influence rather than the influence of our flesh.
3. The Role of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the One Who makes us holy. The Father willed it, the Son paid for it, and the Holy Spirit does it. We become the sanctuary of God because of the presence of the Holy One in us. The Holy Spirit is the agent in the process of sanctification that accomplishes what needs to be wrought in us. The Holy Spirit must be allowed to be in charge. We cannot change the things in our life that need to be changed, but the Holy Spirit can. We must choose to yield to His power flowing through us and not just try to be holy on our own.