Practical Holiness

April 17, 2018 at 8:45 am | Posted in I Peter | 2 Comments
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In the midst of a discussion about glory, we find serious exhortations in the second half of I Peter Chapter 1 concerning living a holy life. Sometimes we think rejoicing and holiness are totally unrelated, but in Scripture doctrine is never divorced from duty. One of the worst things we can do to hinder God’s purposes in our sufferings (our preparation for glory), and to rob God of His glory by giving people a bad opinion of our God, is to fail to live a holy life.

When we remember that hopelessness is the result of an unhinged mind, it helps us to understand the emphasis on girding up the loins of our minds – of being sober. A girded-up mind is a mind where all thoughts are pulled together.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

I Peter 1:13-15

Our “manner of conversation” is far more than just our verbal conversation. It means our complete lifestyle, the way we live on a daily basis.

As Christians we have to be careful not to fall into the trap of compartmentalization. Do not separate your life into “secular” and “sacred” activities. We ought to be striving for holiness as much in our recreational time and work time as in our “devotional” time.

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

I Peter 1:17

When we are saved by Christ we become sojourners in this world, and sojourning is a lifestyle – and a lifelong activity.

Getting away from the Word of God will cause you to lose the fear of God. A certain amount of trembling before God is a good thing. It keeps you sober. It keeps the loins of your mind girded up. It keeps the eyes of your mind focused and fixated on the Hope of Heaven.

Catechism Question 22

May 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Children's Bible Catechism, John | 1 Comment
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Question 21: When did God forgive you for your sins and give you eternal life?
Answer: When I believed on Jesus and called on Him to save me.
Prove it.
Romans 10:13

Question 22: How will you live for Jesus?
Answer: By loving Him and doing what He says.
Prove it.

If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:15

A person who has not trusted Christ unto salvation may perform acts of kindness, exercise some manner of admirable restraint, exhibit a life that speaks of comparative morality, and even accomplish what appear to be acts of self-sacrifice. However, underneath the visible exterior, no one is able to accomplish true righteousness in his or her own power, and, apart from the grace of God, every non-Christian’s deeds are tainted by self-interest and sullied by the fact that they are not done with a pure motivation of giving God glory.

One of the many varied blessings of receiving the salvation of the Lord in Christ is the creation of a new heart which is capable of responding to God’s love, and of being able to love Him back in true obedience. Our children, and we ourselves, must all remember that true conversion is not the permission to lapse into spiritual inactivity. Instead, it is the beginning of our call to serve our Master, King, Lord, Older Brother, and Best Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Other verses to consider:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Micah 6:8

Seeing and Following Instead of Scratching and Stabbing

August 11, 2009 at 8:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Christians are called to live at a higher level than the world. The principle of the world, when dealing with someone who treats you well, is, in general, treat them well in return. We call this theory, “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” On the other hand, the world’s principle for dealing with someone who treats you badly, is that it is now acceptable for you to treat them badly in return. We might call this theory, “You stab me in the back, you had better not turn your back on me.”

However, the Bible contains God’s principles for God’s people. And His standards are always higher, and always better.

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

I Thessalonians 5:15

This is a standard that requires vigilance, for our flesh finds it repulsive. Who can tread such a narrow path of righteousness, and not fall? Only the Christian who “watches” always where he is going (I Thessalonians 5:6; Hebrews 12:15). Thus the reminder to, “See that…” Keep your eyes open, and fixed firmly upon Christ and His Word, and you will always follow that which is good.


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