Two Kinds of Holiness-The Other Kind

Yesterday, we looked at the marvelous gift of imputed (or credited) holiness. God has credited all, who are truly His, with perfect holiness. As far as our record is concerned, we are as holy as Jesus. It doesn’t get any better than that! Make no mistake, however, thinking that is all there is to it. God works in all those that He has credited with a perfect holiness to make them holy in heart and life. This is a life-long process and there are no exemptions from this process. For some, progress will be faster than for others. How do we become holy in experience? We are told in Hebrews 12:14 to: “Follow………holiness….” The idea here is to pursue, chase after, exert effort. We are to “go all out” to become holy in experience. The means to do this is so familiar that we too often overlook using it properly. Jesus prayed in John 17:17: “Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth.” It isn’t enough to just study God’s Word for information! (I strongly urge you to go back to my recent post, “Two Kinds of Study“). God’s Word is meant to guide and direct our lives, values and behavior. It is intended that we apply it and obey it. When we truly know Him as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit will work in us and discipline us to do the kind of study of Scripture that will purify our lives. Fanny Crosby, in her hymn, “All, All to Jesus, I Consecrate Anew,” speaks of holiness in our daily lives: “All, all to Jesus, I consecrate anew,  He is my portion forever; only His glory, henceforth will I pursue, He is my portion forever. All, all to Jesus, my trusting heart can say, He is my portion forever; led by His mercy I’m walking ev’ry day, He is my portion forever. Though He may try me, this blessed truth I know, He is my portion forever; He will not leave me, His promise tells me so, He is my portion forever. All, all to Jesus, I cheerfully resign, He is my portion forever; I have the witness that He, my Lord, is mine, He is my portion forever. Take, take the world with all its gilded toys, take, take the world I covet not its joys. Mine is a wealth no moth nor rust destroys; Jesus my portion forever.” Selah! God intends His Word to be taken seriously! Let’s make sure that we do!  Ron

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