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Week 3:  God Most Holy

It’s said that the mother of learning is repetition. In the Bible, when something is repeated, it means that God doesn’t want us to miss it. Jesus often used the term “Verily, verily …” ( or truly, truly) to emphasize his teachings.  The word holy appears almost seven hundred times in the Bible. Its verb form, sanctify, appears an additional two hundred times. No other attribute is joined to the name of God with greater frequency than holiness. God’s holiness, his utter purity of character, is what distinguishes him from all other rivals: (Exo 15:11; 1 Sam 2:2). So, following the rule of repetition, the Bible wants our first thought about God to be that He is holy (“Holy, holy, holy …” Rev 4:8).

Holiness is commonly defined as being separate or set apart. God is holy in that he is set apart from everything that is not God; and God’s people must be holy by being set apart from sin. The biblical word for this process is sanctification. Holiness according to this definition is separateness that entails moral purity.  So holy living means that the Christian lives a life that is set apart, reserved to give glory to God. It is a life of discipline, focus, and attention to matters of righteous living.

The new birth takes only a moment; growth in holiness takes a lifetime.

Rom. 8:29  “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

Heb. 10:  “… we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Holiness is an attribute of God that we can reflect. The Bible presents holiness as both given to us and asked of us. It says, “… just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1Pet. 1:15). Take a moment to marvel at that.

True salvation brings with it a desire to be made holy.

Q. How should the knowledge that God is holy change the way you live?

Q. Do you have a desire to be made holy? If not, why not?

Q. What does holiness look like in real life? 

Q. What does Romans 12:2 mean to you? 

Q. Are you living your life set apart, or are you blending in?

Week 2:  Asking the Better Question

In wanting to know God’s will for our lives, perhaps instead of asking “What should I do?” we should be asking “Who should I be?” Our character will reflect who we are. Matthew 12:34 says, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Those letters are red in my Bible!

Someone said, “Wherever you go – there you are!”  Think of the person(s) you’ve known who are just NEVER happy. They hate their job and the people they work with. So they change jobs. And guess what? There they are! Nothing has changed except their location!

No one can change who they are without first changing their heart. And nobody can change a heart like the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been given to us so that we can know who God is and know how to follow him. And knowing God and how to follow and become more and more like him is what we’ll be discussing for the foreseeable future.

Next week we’ll begin focusing on the communicable attributes of God. God is holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, truthful, patient, and wise. When we talk about being “conformed to the image of Christ,” this is the list we’re describing.

In the meantime, “Rejoice always, pray continually (whether you FEEL LIKE IT or not), and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Next week:

Read Exodus 15:11; 1 Sam 2:2

Week 1:  Growing in Christlikeness

What does being Christlike mean to you? Why does it matter?

What does it mean to “follow Christ?”

When you wonder (and we all do) about God’s will for your life, what are you really asking? How can we know for sure?

Take time to redeem 45 minutes or so this week to consider what Jen Wilkin has to say about knowing God’s will and becoming who he wants us to be:  CLICK HERE

Here are a few verses to meditate on before our next meeting:

Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple … therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27, 33)

Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35).

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11: 1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” Later, in Philippians 4:8-9, he said, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

The process of sanctification (— to be set apart for special use or purpose; to make holy) is described in various ways throughout the NT. In a nutshell, it’s the Holy Spirit working in us to transform our natural, sinful selves into the supernatural, righteous selves He wants us to be (e.g, worm to butterfly!).

We’ll be looking at a lot of relevant scripture as we go through this study. But, based on the verses I’ve listed above, what are some Godly habits we should be thinking about now? It is a New Year, after all!


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