Memory Verse: “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
INTRODUCTION: God’s greatest attribute is holiness. The angels and beasts around the throne of God cry “holy, holy, holy” (Revelation 4:8; Isaiah 6:1-3). When a man comes face to face with God he will fall down and worship Him. At these times he is usually impressed with his own sin and unworthiness in contrast to God’s holiness.
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). In this passage God uses His holiness as a pattern for our lives. He is holy and, if we love Him, we will desire to be holy also. But more important is the fact that if we are not holy we will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Apostle Paul on several occasions lists sins of wickedness and immorality and states that any who are guilty of such will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:17-21; Ephesians 5:3-5).
This life of holiness might seem unattainable, (and it is, in the natural) but Apostle Paul gives the answer in Philippians 4:13 where he says, ” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Apostle John agrees with this when he says, “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
In the third, fourth, and fifth chapters of Romans Paul shows that God’s grace is suﬃcient to cover all our sins. This is an amazing thing when we fully comprehend it. It is also very comforting, but Paul was concerned lest the saints in Rome would rely on God’s grace rather than to develop holy lives.
If God’s grace is abundant enough to cover every sin then why worry about holy living? Why not let God’s grace cover our sin? This would be much easier than the struggle to develop a holy life.
Apostle Paul knew that we tend to be spiritually lazy, and so he dealt with this problem. He asks the question in Romans 6:1, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” He then answers his own question in a very emphatic way. “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Are you progressing towards a life of holiness, or are you relying on the abundance of God’s grace to see you through? Without God’s grace to make up for our weakness we would all be lost. But, remember God has stated that without holiness we will not see Him. We need to seriously consider God’s standard of holiness as it relates to our lives as individuals.
- Why should we live holy lives? 1 Peter 1:15-16
- How important is It that we live holy lives? Hebrews 12:14.
- What are some of the things that we need to change? Colossians 3:4-9.
- What should we guard against? Titus 2:11-12. Are there certain sins peculiar to youth? 2 Timothy 2:22. What is provided in case we slip? 1 John 2:1.
- Can we retain some of our worldly ways and still be saved? Matthew 6:24.
- How can we tell if a person is righteous? Luke 6:43-45; 1 John 3:7.
- What are some actions and traits that indicate a holy life? Psalm 15:1-5; Psalm 24:3-5.
- How can we become holy? Philippians 4:8; 2 Peter 1:5-9. Are there fringe benefits to holy living? 1 Timothy 6:6.
- What kind of people will be in the kingdom? Revelation 22:14. What kind of people will be left out? Revelation 22:15.