Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/20/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 577: How Should We Live?
In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, Paul mentions godly or godliness in 8 verses:
1 Tim.2:2 [pray for all people, including those in positions of authority] that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
1 Tim.4:7 train yourself for godliness
1 Tim.6:6 godliness with contentment is great gain
1 Tim.6:11 Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
The word pursue indicates ongoing, lifelong action: never stop chasing godliness, never give up.
Peter looked to the future day of the Lord, when the heavens will be destroyed. 2 Pet.3:10-12 Because this event is coming, he asked what sort of people we ought to be: how should we live? He concluded that we should live holy and godly lives.
It is our duty (and a privilege God has given) to train ourselves to pursue godliness. We don’t need any special seminary degrees; God Himself had already enabled each of His children to live a godly life.
2 Pet.1:3 NIV His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
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.