Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
08/12/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 3: New Testament Descriptions of Holiness
1 Thes.4:3-7 Contrasted with immorality and impurity:
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness."
1 Pet.1:14-16 Contrasted with evil desires of unbelievers:
"As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Rev.22:11 Contrasted with those who do wrong:
"Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy."
Holy means morally blameless; separated from sin, consecrated to God. A holy life yields to the teachings of the Bible, not to the sinful ways of the world. A holy life requires that we put off our old self, and put on the new self.
"put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." Eph.4:22-24
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.