Join us on Sunday mornings as we discover afresh look at The Beauty of Holiness.
"_Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!" (1 Chr. 16:29)
What is the beauty of holiness? All of my life I have heard "Without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14). Every time I heard this it always brought fear, condemnation and confusion in my heart. So how do we reconcile holiness with the grace of God? What is the beauty of His holiness?
First of all we must answer: what makes us holy?
Only the Blood of Jesus can make us holy.
In context to the book of Hebrews. It is written: "And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission." (Heb. 9:22)
Even under the old covenant, nothing was purified and made holy without the shedding of blood. We are under the new covenant, whereby we are to be perpetually reminded of the new covenant is in His blood (1 Cor. 11:25). In fact, not only are we made holy, only by the Blood of Jesus, without the Blood of Jesus there is no covenant. Both covenants were dedicated by blood (Heb. 9:16-22).
Wherefore in the New Covenant, when we received Christ (the death of our Testator) and became born again, we put off (crucified, circumcised, cut off the old man) and in the spirit of our minds we put on the New Man Who was created according to God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:20-24).
Therefore, the beauty of true holiness is not what we do absent of Christ,
True holiness is who we are in Christ.
Jesus is worshiped and magnified when we reckon ourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom 6:11).
"Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;" (Heb. 12:12-15)
Many people use this verse to preach that if we don't live holy in our actions, we won’t have fellowship with the Lord (I use to). However, there are so many Truths of God’s New Covenant that reveal: our relationship with the Lord is not based on our actions but on our faith in Jesus. Therefore, this verse must be interpreted in light of the Truth that is in Christ. Therefore, I believe this verse is speaking of God’s holiness that is imparted to us when we receive salvation.
It is the holiness of God in our born-again spirits Alone that allows us to have relationship with God.
What is more, in context, Hebrews 12:13 instructs us to not walk in a manner that will cause others to stumble. Therefore, I believe this verse is not talking about us seeing God but rather:
If we don’t live holy lives, no one will see God in our lives.
That would certainly be a true statement that is not only consistent with Hebrews 12:14 but leads perfectly into Hebrews 12:15.
Our actions do not and cannot earn the grace of God. That would not be grace (Rom. 11:6). Therefore, we don’t fall from grace by not being holy enough to earn it. In Galatians 5:4, Paul says we fall from grace by putting our faith in our works instead of having our faith firmly placed in Christ and what He did for us. So then, the way people “fail of the grace of God” is through legalism (self-righteousness).
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Mt. 5:16)
Notice, why we are to do good works: "that they may see your good works and glorify your Father -- without holiness no one will see..." See who?
We are saved for good works not by good works (Eph. 2:8-9). When we live holy and do good works, people see Jesus. This must be clear in our everyday practical lives: we are not saved by good works, but we are the workmanship of God.
We are born-again, filled with the Holy Spirit!
How can we miss that? If we are filled with the Holy Spirit we have holiness. But we get all mixed up in our religious thinking and start looking to our works in order to get something from God. Instead of realizing we come from God, we are born of God. Whereby we live holy lives so that people will see Jesus!
"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands." (Ps. 90:17)
THAT IS BEAUTIFUL
Speaker: Dave Everett
July 14, 2019