Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/15/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 572: What is Godliness?
Eph.4:22-24 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.
As we obey God’s command to “put on the new self”, we grow in godliness. Godliness is Christian living; our character traits as believers are built on this foundation.
We can define godliness as devotion to God, which produces a life pleasing to God.
Enoch, the father of Methuselah, walked with God and pleased God. Gen.5:21-24; Heb.11:5
Godliness begins with a heart that is inclined to follow God. The intentions of our heart lead to actions, which we call our Christian “walk”.
When we act in faith and obedience, God is pleased.
The key is that our devotion is not just a warm feeling about God. Devotion is not an emotion during a worship service (or any mountaintop experience) that fades on Monday morning.
It is not a quiet time of Bible study and prayer that we refer to as “doing our devotions”. Devotion is a verb, an action that flows from a heart demonstrating love for the glory 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.