The Concept of Holiness

Perhap the best way of understanding the concept of holiness is to note how wirters of the New Testament used the word.  In I Thessalonians 4:3-7, Paul used the term in contrast to a life of immorality and impurity.  Peter used it in contrast to living acording to the evil desires we had when we lived outside of Christ (I Peter 1:14-16).  John contrasted one who is holy with those who do wrong and are vile (Revelation 22:11).  To live a holy life, then, is to live a life in conformity to the moral precepts of the Bible and in contrast to the moral precepts of the Bible and in contrast to the sinful ways of the world.

by, Jerry Bridges

The Pursuit of Holiness, copyright 1978, page 19-20

Devotional Life

Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted to God.  He therefore is the devout (godly) man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God, who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything, who makes all parts of his common life, parts of piety (godliness), by doing everything in the name of God, and under such rules as are comfortable to His glory.

by, Williams Law

quited by, Jerry Bridges, The Practice of Godliness, copyright 1983, page 19

“Victorious” Living

God wants us to walk in obedience – not victory.  Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self.  This may seem to be merely splitting hairs over semantics, but there is a subtle, self-centered attitude at the root of many of our difficulties with sin.  Until we  face this attitude and deal with it, we will not consistently walk in holiness.

by, Jerry Bridges

The Pursuit of Holiness, copyright 1978, page 20

The Love of Christ

Christ’s love was free, not elicited by any goodness in us (Ephesians 2:1-5); it was eternal, being one with the choice of sinners to save which the Father made “before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4); it was unreserved, for it lef Him down to the depths of humiliation and, indeed, of hell itself on Calvary; and it was sovereign, for it has acheived its object – the final glory of the redeemed, their perfect holiness and happiness in the fruition of His love (Ephesians 5:26-27), is now guaranteed and assured (Ephesians 1:14; 2:7-10; 4:11-16; 4:30)

by, J.I. Packer

Knowing God, copyright 1993, page 197

Reflexive Giving

Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives.  It doesn’t come out of our altruism or philanthropy – it comes out of the transforming work of Christ in us.  This is grace in action; our giving is the reaction.  We give because he first gave to us.

by, Randy Alcorn

The Treasure Principle, copyright 2001, page 30

The Shield of Christ

God’s wrath is His righteousness reacting against unrighteousness; it shows itself in retributive justice.  But Jesus Christ has shielded us from the nightmare prospect of retributive justice by becoming our representative substitute, in obedience to His Father’s will, and receiving the wages of our sin in our place.

by, J.I. Packer

Knowing God, copyright 1993, page 169

The Doctrine of Propitiation

The Doctrine of propitiation is precisely this: that God loved the objects of His wrath so much that He gave His own Son to the end that He by His blood should make provisions for the removal of His wrath.  It was Christ’s so to deal with the wrath that the loved would no longer be the objects of wrath, and love would achieve its aim of making the children of wrath the children of God’s good pleasure.

by, John Murry (The Atonement, page 15)

Knowing God, copyright 1993, page 185