TOPIC:- THE STANDARD OF HOLINESS (1)
TEXT:- I PETER 1:14-25.
MEMORY VERSE:- Psalms 95:5, "Your Royal decrees cannot be changed. The nature of your reign, O Lord, is holiness forever."
MESSAGE:- The God of Israel and of the Christian Church is holy. He set the standard for morality. Unlike the Roman gods, He is not warlike or spiteful. Unlike the gods of the pagan cults popular many centuries ago, He is not bloodthirsty or promiscuous. He is the God of mercy and justice who cares personally for each of His followers. Our holy God expects us to imitate Him by following His high moral standards.
"You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy" says the Lord in the book of Leviticus 19:2.
In the Old Testament, this holiness had two parts: the external or ceremonial, and the internal or moral & spiritual. In the New Testament the ceremonial holiness becomes less important and emphasis is on inner holiness. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, holiness of life is profoundly important to guide our relationship with other people.
The key to God eternal reign is holiness. God's glory or the symbol of His holiness, is not only His strength but also His perfect moral character. The Old Testament word for holiness means "to cut" or "to separate". Holiness is being separated from what is unclean and dedicated to what is clean and pure. The New Testament Greek word for holiness means "a state of being free from fault and in harmony with God's perfection." Yes, that's the standard.
WORD FOR THOUGHT:- Holiness unto the Lord is the watchword and consuming passion of the Christian.