Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/13/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 570: Growing in Holiness, Pt.10
Immediately before Jesus spoke the most familiar verse in the Bible (John 3:16), he said these words to Nicodemus:
John 3:14-15 as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Moses recorded the event of the bronze serpent in Numbers 21:4-9. God sent many poisonous serpents, and many people died, because they “became impatient on the way” and complained against God. But some found healing: all who looked to the bronze serpent on the pole, the symbol of the curse that was killing them.
Gal.3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”
2 Cor.5:21 For our sake [God the Father] made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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.