HALLMARKS OF HOLINESS

THE HUMAN QUESTION ANSWERED
March 13, 2021
EXAMPLE ON THE CROSS
March 24, 2021

SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 2:4-10

The Christian actively practices a scriptural life while living his worldly life. Peter was aware of the world but rejected its values. He had been divinely touched and transformed. He lived his life in Christ, or more accurately, Jesus lived IN HIM! A person of holiness is a sanctified person. To be sanctified is to be set apart for religious use. In order to be set apart for religious use you must have a mind for God. It’s as though some people think that belief is incompatible with thinking. We cannot be “set apart for religious use” unless we think holy thoughts. To do this, we become a Living Sacrifice.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.

Our lives are changed by accepting Jesus and being baptized but that is not the end of the road. We must offer our physical bodies here on earth to share the Gospel, the Good News to others.

Ephesians 4:22-24
You were taught, with regard to you former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Our adventure with God and his son will be meaningful if we have a mind to dig in and actively PARTICIPATE! To participate the way God wants us to, we need to TRY and lead a holy life with a clean, clear mind.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent and praiseworthy, think about such things.

Fact: No two physical things can occupy the same space at the same time. We need to clear our minds. Jesus taught us that very lesson in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus reminded his disciples to cease worrying about their life, their clothing, their food, and even their future. Jesus said in Matthew 6:32-33, “The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows that you need them. The thing that you want the most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things that you need will be given to you.”

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Our sanctified minds must be focused minds but also willing and active minds! We see this when David exhorted his son Solomon to know God!

1 Chronicles 28:9
And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek Him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.

If Solomon would do this, David promised him that he would accomplish great things for the Lord.

A willing mind is an active mind. So where do we find our faithful mindset? We find it in Jesus! If you commit to setting your mind on God’s Word, then you will experience the fullness of the new life that we can all have in Christ!