Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/10/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 567: Growing in Holiness, Pt.7
In the classic Christmas movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, the character George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) receives a vision of what the world would have been like without him.
When Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthians, he showed them what the future would be like if they fell for Satan’s deceitful trap.
Paul did this to motivate them to run from sin, by showing the devastating consequences of sin.
God was not pleased with the Israelites at the time of the Exodus. Some practiced idolatry and sexual immorality. Some were destroyed; others wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.
23,000 died in a single day, and all who left Egypt died (except 2) before their children entered the Promised Land. 1 Cor.10:5-11 Their story is an example, a warning for us.
In Prov.5:8-14, a father warns his son about the consequences of adultery. A moment of worldly pleasure, which seems so attractive at the time, ends in ruin. Titus 2:1-6 describes how older men and women can pass along wisdom to younger generations in the church.
God in His grace provides warnings. We can avoid falling in the same pit as those who have gone before us. Ignoring God’s warnings means forfeiting eternal rewards.
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.