Thursday, August 16, 2007

Holiness: The Way to Live

"Holiness of life and character is, then, another indispensable mark of the real Christian and of the true church. It is much emphasized in the New Testament. 'It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality'. Holiness is not only God's will, but his purpose. It is the purpose of the Father's election: 'He chose us in him (that is, Christ) before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight'. It is the purpose of the Son's death: 'Jesus Christ...gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good'. It is the purpose of the Holy Spirit's indwelling: 'God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life...who gives you his Holy Spirit' (1 Thessalonians 4:3.Ephesians 1:4; Titus 2:13, 14; 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 8). Here then are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the three Persons of the one eternal Godhead, united in their purpose to make us holy." ~ John Stott, What Christ Thinks of the Church, pp. 68-69

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