Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/11/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 568: Growing in Holiness, Pt.8
God uses promises and warnings to motivate His children to continue growing in faith.
We don’t know what is best for us (consider the poor choices we often make). We don’t know what we really want, or what will give us true, deep satisfaction. But God knows what is best.
He gradually trains our heart until we desire the same thing.
We can’t grasp the eternal blessing and glory awaiting us in heaven. But God causes us to hope for something we can’t understand, in order to teach us patience.
1 Cor.2:9 no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him
1 Pet.1:3-4 According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you
Rom.8:18, 23-25 the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us… we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
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.