Working Out Your Own Salvation (part 6 holiness)

Introduction

  1. Phil2:12-13
    1. a. You are responsible for your salvation
    2. b. You must put forth effort
    3. c. It’s a very serious responsibility
    4. d. God helps you
  2. God has given us tools to work with 2Pet1:3
  3. Phil2:12-13, prayer, study, fellowship, worship
  4. Today we will consider how being holy helps us work out our salvation

The necessity of holiness

  1. (Heb 12:14) Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
  2. (Rom 6:22) But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
  3. (1Co 3:17) If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
  4. (Eph 1:4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
  5. (Tit 1:8) but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,
  6. (1Pe 1:15) but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
  7. (2Co 7:1) Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

What is holiness?

  1. According to Vines Expository Dictionary holiness also called sanctification signifies separation to God and the conduct befitting those so separated. Those sanctified are then called saints. 1Thes4:3-8
  2. There is God’s part and our part in being holy
    1. Eph5:25-27, Col1:21-23
    2. 1Pet1:13-16, 2Pet3:11

Living holy lives

God-likeness

  1. Godliness (eusebia) means reverence and piety towards God.
  2. “It is evident that hagios and its kindred words…express something more and higher than hieros, sacred, outwardly associated with God;…something more than semnos, worthy, honorable; something more than hagnos, pure, free from defilement. Hagios is…more comprehensive….It is characteristically godlikeness” (G. B. Stevens, in Hastings’ Bib. Dic.).
  3. 1Pet1:15
  4. What would Jesus do?

Set apart

  1. How are we set apart to God?
  2. We belong to Him 1Cor6:19-20, Eph2:19-22
  3. We are no longer of the world Jn15:19, 17:14-19
  4. Our conduct is different from the world 2Pet1:2-4 Phil2:15
  5. Are you different from the world? Do those in the world see something different in you?

Behavior that sanctifies

  1. Putting God first
  2. God focused lives
  3. Modest in our dress
  4. Pure in our speech
  5. We are free from addictive vices (drugs, alcohol, pornography, nicotine, gambling, greed)
  6. Free from sexual immorality
  7. Moral, virtuous, trustworthy
  8. Loving, hospitable, benevolent, respectful
  9. Meek, humble, thankful
  10. Love for our spouse, obedient to parents, teaching our children
  11. Respect for leaders, obedient to bosses, care for our neighbors
  12. Are you holy in your conduct?

Conclusion

In order to work out our own salvation we must learn to be holy. Without holiness we will not see God! God has set us apart to be His alone. We must sanctify ourselves so that we are free from the entanglements of the world, living pure and holy lives.

Exhortation

Brothers and sisters, God has done the utmost in His power to save you from sin. It is now up to you to avail yourself of that grace by working out your own salvation. If you are lazy or indifferent about it or if you make excuses instead of acting your life will fly by and you will have lost your opportunity! Start today to make the changes in your life that will lead to salvation. Start praying, studying, spending time with godly people, worshipping God often, and take time to be holy.

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