Bible Lesson 213

INDIVIDUAL HOLINESS (HEBREWS 12:14)

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”

This month we will listen to God and find out whether we are sinners or Saints. This is something that has bothered me since the day that God made that effectual call on my life and made me hungry and thirsty for the knowledge of God; and that is we have come to believe that God is impotent, or that’s the way it seems to me.

Preachers all too often are teaching their laymen that they must be sinners by always including in their sermons that we are all sinners and that the preacher is the biggest sinner in the church. Think about that! The Bible teaches that we are purchased with a great price, the blood of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. (Hebrews 9:11-14; 1st Corinthians 7:23; 1st Peter 1:16-19).

I cannot find any place in the Scriptures where God refers to any of His Children as sinners. There are many sinners everywhere, many more than there are Saints; but those who are sinners are not God’s children. It’s time that we as a people stood up and began to say only what God has said.

We claim to be people of the book but we apparently don’t mean the Bible. We seem to have found that it is reported in the Bible that there is a possibility of a Christian unintentionally sinning and we are told that in 1st John 2:1 where the writer say “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may ‘not sin’.

And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Now, if I read that right, it said that he wrote the first 20 verses of Chapter One of First John so that the people that read the letter, would not sin’..but if anyone did sin, we have an advocate in Christ.

We have been commanded to mortify the deeds of the flesh; and let me quote that entire verse of scripture that is found in Romans 8:13; and it tells us “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.

Now, let’s break that down and see exactly what God is saying to us. We must know that we either live according to the flesh (in which there is no good thing) or the Spirit that lives in every truly saved person. Remember now that it is the Holy Spirit (God) that lives in every saved person.

What is it that God cannot do’ Nothing, so we have everything that we need to mortify the deeds of the body. That verse closes with a terrifying warning, when it says, if we do mortify the deeds of the flesh, (sin) then we will I live; which tells us that, if we do not we will die.

This all began a long time ago, and I still remember one of the association leaders in the denomination in which I was associated at that time, that we know from the human condition that we all live in sin. I reminded him that saved people are more than humans, saved people are Children of God.

It is evident that a great many of today’s Pastor/Preachers have adopted that lie. Now, if you have been sitting under that kind of preaching, that you can feel comfortable in your sin. If we know the doctrine of Grace as set forth in the little book of Titus we have to know that Saints cannot, will not be sinners.

Titus 2:11-14 speaks about Grace and the manifestations of Grace, and it says to us’. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age.

Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.: Now, those scriptures were breathed by God and written down for us to know that must come out of sin and be what God saved us to be.

We don’t need to look far to find more exhortation to holiness for we find it next in 1st Timothy 1:9-10, where God speaks to us through the Apostle Paul and says “Knowing this that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. Those who sin create a massive sin because they prove that the do not have saving faith. We are to know Bible doctrine and if we don’t we have no borders or fences to keep us on the right road of holiness.

What about mortifying the flesh, which means that those who live in the flesh must come to Christ when they are called by God the Father, and in true salvation our walk and our life are completely changed. We once all walked in the flesh and did exactly what we pleased and thought nothing about it.

In Salvation God resets our paths by making us hungry and thirsty for knowledge of God. That and the fact that we are now indwelled by the Holy Spirits who teaches us about Christ and guides us to the narrow way of God. Most of us can understand mortification better if we think about murder.

Murder requires intent, and planning and is normally actually carried out. That is the way that we as sinners become holy, by murdering the deeds of our flesh. Of course, we have the Almighty to aid us in doing that. We first name them and claim them, and we determined to rid ourselves of them. Then in place of those sinful deeds of the flesh, we install holy works for God. Then of course preachers should begin to preach holiness and godliness to their congregations. Then those who hear exhorting to holiness and godliness is never leave place in our lives for sin to get a toe-hold.

Lister dear people, it is up to us in the end, we all know that God calls us to holiness and if our preachers can’t quite be that brave, then God expects you to do it anyway. We have to become a people who are God conscious and Biblically literate. Study your whole Bible (Old and New Testaments) and listen to what it tells you. Read it every day and no just scan it’.devour it and you will soon be aware that God is near.

We should read your Bible as you would read a love letter from a special sweetheart. You will read it again and again, until you remember every word. God is the most loving God that exists (in fact, He is the only God, and He created us, has sustained us, saved us, if we believe, and will usher us into His presence at that day. That is if we live holy lives the short while we are on the earth.

God always confronts people that he calls, with the Cross of Christ, and allows them to see His Precious Son Jesus Christ hanging there unable to be recognized as a human being. That would be bad enough, but He suffered a just penalty for every sin that we have or will commit. God shows you how much it took for you and I to be saved, and if that does not excite us to live holy lives.

I am going to stop right here and leave you with several verses of Scripture, if you are interested in your eternal life, I believe you will remember what was written in the lesson above. That is my prayer and my hope for each of you. READ. Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Romans 1:7; 1st Peter 2:13-21; Hebrews 6:4-6; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2nd Peter2:9; 2nd Corinthians 5:14-18; Matthew 5:43-48; John 14:15, 21-24; Luke 6:46; James 1:21-22; 1st John 2:4;

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob