Called to Holiness
- Date: April 5, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)
- From Put On Christ
He said, "… [He's] chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will" (Ephisians 1:5). This is God's will! Who's going to thwart it? This access back home in Christ; who's going to oppose that when the Sovereign has adopted us and said, "This is My son! He's holy as I am holy, he's the justified one." We return back and rejoice in this finished work of Jesus.
A little quote that I like, you might want to put this in your notes as it pertains, here, to predestination, "What God has predestined for us He commands that we pursue." I'll say it again. "What God has predestined for us He commands that we pursue." You see, there's no sitting around on this thing, "Well, I'm predestined and this is…." No, no, no, no! What God has predestined, He has called us to pursue with all of our hearts. When we seek Him with all of our hearts- "Hey, we've been predestined before the foundation of the world!"-when we seek Him with all of our hearts we will find Him. And that's how we, by faith, apprehend the predestinated will of God for us; we pursue it with all of our hearts! Some of us are going, "Oh good, praise God, because I wanted to contribute something to this." You're not contributing anything! Jesus died and paid the price. By His mercy and grace He gave you the revelation of that, and He gives you the gift of faith to be able to apprehend. He did it all, praise God! "Now, wait a minute I'm pursuing here!" No, your pursuit is in Him because without Him you can do nothing.
There's no sitting around, though. We're involved in this working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In the Scriptures, we see those mandates, they're called imperatives. Every biblical or moral imperative is a call to holiness. Every moral imperative is a call to holiness. So as we look in the Scriptures and we see these imperatives; let's deal with that for just a moment. When God says, "Be ye holy for I am holy," that's a biblical imperative (1 Peter1:16). It's the ultimate of a call to holiness. But there are many, many other commandments that God gives. This may seem obvious and it may seem redundant but let me share something with you. When the Scripture says, "Be ye holy," do you think that's a suggestion? It's not a statement that says, "You know, ultimately, you need to work toward holiness." It is a commandment to be about holiness now! And God says in that commandment "to be holy as He is holy, because without holiness no man will see God" (Hebrews 12:14). Every commandment that God gives us is so that we can have proper relationship with Him. It's not about just making us look better, feel better. It's all about us being in Him; it's all about how to be reconciled back into the presence of God.
So as we're studying this subject of, "Already, not yet." "Already" beginning at the ascension and "not yet" going until the second coming. And in that period of time, we're dealing with all of the different aspects of this spiritual tension. The continual tension of who we are in Christ verses our daily experiences. Anybody know that tension I'm talking about? And it's going to go on until Jesus comes or until you go the way of the grave. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20). Some of us are at the place if we knew the Lord was going to put His coming off for a prolonged period of time would say, "Lord, I'd rather just die; I just want out of this thing." Do any of you feel, at times, that you would like to be out of this tension? "I can't take any more of this." Can I remind you that "His grace is sufficient for us…". "And in your weakness His strength will be perfected. Cease from your own labors." Come to grips with your own weakness and let God's perfect strength manifest itself in you. Let it begin to show itself in a way that you've never seen it before.