1 Peter 1:15, 16 NIV
Thesis - God wants men to be holy as He is holy.
Sanctification Objective - To cause people to be holy.
From childhood I have had six friends, constant companions, who are responsible for most of what I know. Many of you are acquainted with these friends of mine and have likewise learned much from them. I'm going to call upon “our” friends to directly assist me this morning and in the next seven messages. I do this in the expectation they will help all of us learn more about holiness.
Brothers and sisters, allow me to introduce my friends, whom I like to call the brothers of inquiry: Who?; What?; When?; Where?; Why? and How?
The first named friend will directly assist in this message titled Holy, Who? Who is holy?
A. Is holy in essence
1. In His character
a) Who among the gods is like You, O LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? Exodus 15:11
b) I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground. I am the LORD who brought you up out of Egypt, to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. Leviticus 11:44, 45
c) And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory!” Isaiah 6:3
d) Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come!” Revelation 4:8
e) Who will not fear You, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. Revelation 15:4a, b
2. In His name
a) For this is what the high and lofty one says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy. Isaiah 57:15a, b
b) For the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. Luke 1:49
3. In His words - Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words. Jeremiah 23:9
4. In His works - The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Psalm 145:17 (KJV)
B. He alone is holy in essence
1. There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you, there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2
2. “Holiness in God is absolute, and in man is derived, but the quality is the same in God and man.” -H. Orton Wiley
Holy, who? God and
A. In the old
a) You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Exodus 19:6a
b) Speak to the entire assembly of Israel, and say to them: “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” Leviticus 19:2
c) “Israel was holy to the Lord, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 2:3
a) Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save your servant who trusts in You! Psalm 86:2 (NKJV)
b) For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands. 1 Peter 3:5
c) For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21 (NKJV)
B. In the new
a) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
b) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
a) Because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. Mark 6:20a, b, c
b) You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 1 Thessalonians 2:10
c) But women will be saved through childbearing— if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with propriety. 1 Timothy 2:15
b) The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things. Titus 2:3 (KJV)
Holy, who? God, men and
A. Put on the new self, created to be like God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24
B. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified. 1 Thessalonians 4:3a
C. Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
D. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; For it is written, “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15, 16
E. “God commands us to be holy. He calls us to be holy. He will not excuse anyone from holiness. We have no right to call ourselves His children if we continue to live in sin. Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! (Romans 6:1-2). By no means are you to continue in sin. There are not two classes of Christians between which you may choose. There are no options here. Every child of God is called to be holy.” -A. B. Simpson
The character and command of God demand you be holy! The power of God enables you to be holy. Are you? If not let's pray together, at this altar, to that end.
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