Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/23/2014, by John Kincaid
Lesson 215: Prepared for Battle, Pt. 1
Football players endure long painful workouts to train their bodies for the battle. One result is that they become rock solid, able to withstand the assaults from the enemy.
When a tank goes into war, it is equipped with steel plates to resist enemy fire.
Our convictions about holy living have to be rock-solid enough to withstand some ridicule. Unbelievers will tease us and tempt us unmercifully to conform to their sinful lifestyle.
1 Pet.4:3-4 the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you
We have something like the reinforced steel plate on the tank: believers are in union with Christ.
We might signal this by carrying our Bible. We can pray silently before meals when we eat with unbelievers.
We must be gracious, but clear and unashamed that we are Christians.
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.