Thinking about the putting off of sin and the world and the putting on of Christ and grace, I’ve been thinking on the following statement from J. C. Ryle: Would you be holy? Would you become a new creature? Then you must begin with Christ. You will do just nothing at all and make no […]Read More Would you be holy?
A believer in Christ is to be pure. In one sense, he already is. The blood of Christ has been applied to his life, and all the impurity of his life — past, present, and future — has been removed. He stands guiltless before God. (That’s an amazing sentence!) But in another sense, he is […]Read More Are you pure in heart?
Simon Stylites was a man who took seriously the call to holiness and the command to live distinctly from the world. But you have to wonder if he really understood. After several other attempts to distance himself from worldly desires, he developed a plan that he followed for the final 39 years of his life. […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (5/23/10)
A whole generation (or more) of people has grown up hearing the adage, “cleanliness is next to godliness.” And I — like many others — heard many encouragements in my early years to make things “spic and span.” Importing those notions into the text of Leviticus is not helpful to understanding what God is saying […]Read More Unclean! Unclean!
In the vision of Isaiah 6, the prophet saw the angels around the throne of God repeatedly declaring, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts.” We ourselves often speak and sing of this truth. But what does it mean that God is holy? It means that He is set apart and distinct. He is […]Read More God is holy
The book of the month for January is The Holiness of God (Tim Challies has a good review of the book). Why pick a book on holiness? Aren’t we over-saturated with talk about holiness? Do we need to read another book or hear another sermon on holiness? We are Christians; we do know that holiness […]Read More Holiness is not peripheral
John Calvin, quoted in John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology: I call “piety” that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his benefits induces. For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by his fatherly care, that he is the Author of their […]Read More Today’s Quote – Holiness (Calvin)
God is a jealous God. And Joshua 24:19 states that He is not only a jealous God, but He is a holy God. God is jealous for holiness. That is, He loves and preserves holiness. He loves His own holiness, and He loves holiness in His people. That was the reason Joshua challenged people when […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (2/1/09)
This morning, Oswald Chambers’ devotional echoed the themes from the sermons of the last two Sundays: Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated with them; right, good, noble affinities […]Read More Do I believe I need to be holy?
J. C. Ryle offers two questions to help believers determine the significance and weight of holiness in their lives: (1)…let me ask everyone who may read these pages, Are you holy? Listen, I pray you, to the question I put to you this day. Do you know anything of the holiness of which I have […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (8/31/08)
J. C. Ryle, Holiness: When people talk of having received “…a blessing” and of having found “the higher life,” after hearing some earnest advocate of “holiness by faith and self-consecration,” while their families and friends see no improvement and no increased sanctity in their daily tempers and behaviour, immense harm is done to the cause […]Read More Today’s quote (8/29/08)
It wasn’t quite like hitting the lottery, but to a five-year-old, it was close. My daughter and I had stopped to pick up a couple items from the grocery, and on our way back to the car, we stopped at the coke machine to make a selection. Orange was the choice of the day. I […]Read More Holiness and coke machines
This morning we spent 45 minutes thinking about four verses concerning the topic of the holiness of God. And one sermon will now become two sermons as we will finish the passage next time. Two sermons about holiness as it relates to God. Is not everyone aware that God is holy? What more needs to […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (8/24/08)
This week, in preparation for Sunday, I’ve been thinking about the holiness of God. And that lead me to peruse (I didn’t have time to re-read the entire book) my favorite book on that topic, The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul. And I again came across my favorite statement about what holiness looks […]Read More Thinking about God’s holiness — and mine
As I was reading again in Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy earlier this week, I came across these two sentences in his chapter on God’s holiness: Until we have seen ourselves as God sees us, we are not likely to be much disturbed over conditions around us as long as they do not get […]Read More Holiness — or the lack thereof