Prayer for the Church.

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you. So that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13 NKJV.1-the-3-12-web-watermarked

Holiness, hagiosune, Strong’s # 42: The process, quality, and condition of a holy disposition and the quality of holiness in personal conduct. It is the principle that separates the believer from the world.

Hagiosune consecrates us to God’s service both in soul and in body, finding fulfillment in moral dedication and a life committed to purity. It causes every component of our character to stand God’s inspection and meet His approval.

Hagiosune occurs in only three places in the N.T.

  1. Romans 1:4, of the holiness of God permeating and molding the scheme of redemption and manifested finally in and by Christ. The topic here is not the contrast of natural and moral qualities, but of human and divine relationship or dependence. Here we do not have Holy Spirit (pneuma hagion) but pneuma hagiosunes, spirit sanctity or holiness which is not what Christ achieved but what Christ was in Himself, holy. In His flesh the Lord Jesus did not achieve holiness, but manifested the holiness that was His forever.
  2. 2 Corinthians 7:1, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 speaks of the holiness of man.

God expects that His true children will obey Him once they know what He expects. Those of us who claim to be His children and persist in sinning even after enlightenment are deceived. People who have been born-again and experienced His love desire to be holy; they “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matt. 5:6).

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God is at work within us to complete the good work He began in our lives (Phil.1:6; 2:13). So, if our faith is not resulting in our sanctification (growing in holiness), let’s not think our faith is resulting in our justification (being declared guiltless before God) either. Justification is always followed by sanctification. For this reason Scripture declares, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (Heb.12:14). There will be no unholy people in heaven. Please pray for the Church.

 

 

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