FIRST PETER CHAPTER ONE: FOURTEEN TO SIXTEEN
TAKE A LOOK AT THE ASPECT OF HOLINESS
Charles e Whisnant, Teacher, Learner, Expositor
December 04, 2013
1A HOLINESS HAS TO DO WITH MY HEART
The heart of motivation The seat of passion the spring of all thought processes and conscience.
Holiness is always the saved sinner’s response of gratitude for grace received.
2A HOLINESS HAS TO DO WITH MY TEMPERAMENT
The factors that make specific ways of reacting and behaving natural to me.
Its what inclines me to transact with my environment (situations , things, people.
Its the raw material out of which temperament is formed..
Character is what we do with our temperament. Personality is the final produce.
3A HOLINESS HAS TO DO WITH MY HUMANNESS
Jesus model for us human goodness. What is that? Human live lived as God intend. Where the human person is completely united in God honoring and nature fulfilling way.
- It is the reverse of secular humanism.
- Genuine holiness is genuine Christ-likeness , and genuine Christ likeness is genuine humanness, the only genuine humanness there is.
- Love in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ and others
- Humility and meekness under the Divine hand
- Integrity of behavior expressing interrogation of character
- Wisdom with faithfulness
- Sorrow at people’s sin
- Joy at the Father’s goodness
- Single mindedness in seeking to please the Father, morning, noon and night
- Christians are meant to become human as Jesus was human. Called to imitate the character of Christ.
4A HOLINESS HAS TO DO WITH MY RELATIONSHIPS
Holiness is not isolationism, but relationship. Not detached from ordinary human involvement.
Its not becoming materialistic, extravagant or a grabber and empire builder,
But must operate as a servant of God in the world,
HOLINESS IS A NUMBER OF THINGS:
- Both outward and inward \aspect
- A matter of both action and motivation
- Conduct and character
- Divine grace and human effort
- Obedience and creativity
- Submission and imitative
- Conservation to God and commitment to people
- Self discipline and self giving
- Righteousness and love
- A matter of Spirit-led keeping
- A walk, of conduct of life
- In the Spirit that displays the fruit of the Spirit
- It is a matter of seeking to imitate Jesus way of behaving
- It is a matter of patient, persistent unrighteousness
- Taking God’s side against sin in our own lives and in lives of others.
- Of worshiping God in the Spirit as one serves Him in the world.
- Single-mindedness, wholehearted
- Free and glad concentration in the business of pleasing God
- It is the distinctive form and so to speak, flavor of a live set apart from God that is now being inwardly renewed by His power.
- Holiness is thus the demonstration of faith, working by love.
- Therefore it is whole supernatural in the sense of being God’s gracious achievement within us, and wholly natural in the sense of being our own true humanness.
How then are we to be holy? Peter gives us several directives.
- We are to be holy in all our conduct. Holiness is not to be compartmentalized into certain “religious” areas of our life. Holiness is a way of life that affects everything we do. Holiness is a lifestyle, rather than mere conformity to a list of rules.
- We are to be holy by not being conformed to our former lusts. Holiness is a lifestyle which differs dramatically from our manner of life before we were saved . Leviticus 18:1-8. Romans 123:1-2; Romans 1:21-25; Romans 6:16; Ephesians 4:17-24, 2 Peter 2:12-13; I Corinthians 9:24-27;
- We are to be holy by imitating God. We are to be holy because God is holy (see above). We are also to be holy as God is holy. As Jesus once put it,“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). I John 3:1-12
- We are to be holy by obeying God’s Word. Romans 8:1-4; I Corinthians 2:6-16