Holiness


John MacDuff, 1818-1895

Well worth the use of 7 minutes to listen.

 

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“. . . holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”
Hebrews 12:14

Which part of “NO ONE” do I not understand?

 

 

 

 “I am convinced that the first step toward attaining a higher standard of holines
is to realize more fully the amazining sinfulness of sin.”
Holiness, J. C. Ryle

 

 “May the God of peace Himself sactify you completely . . .”
1Thessolonians 5:23

Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us . . . It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God. —  Oswald Chambers

Four words which can occupy hours, days . . . a lifetime to answer . . .

How Much Is Enough?

 

The blogsphere is brimming with earthly wisdom on contentedness, striving for simplicity, and rules for minimalist living. The four words I love to turn over in my mind. BUT all these blogs have a GAPING hole. All of their heart’s desire can be found . . .

simply in Jesus Christ

It leaves me with the question, Why the striving to look everywhere except at the obvious, most accessible, most uncomplicated, prescription for simple daily living? Could it be that it requires something of me? Could it be that it is something too painful to identify let alone give up?

Simple Living as the world likes to call it is none other than Holiness to the Christian . . . and that is a scary word! But a word I want to wrestle with to . . .

understand holiness . . .

live holiness . . .

reflect holiness . . .

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2Corinthians 3:18

(To anyone who might be reading, please look at this post, Just Give Me Jesus, to be clear of what I believe holiness is not. This is not some infactuation with the mystical, experiential, or inward-looking obsessions. It will be a focused look at sin and sanctification.)