How We Are Made Holy?

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”  1 Pet 1:16

Introduction

When God decided to make man, He picked up a handful of dust and shaped it into a man.  Then He breathed into this creation’s nose the breath of lives and man became a living soul.  Gen 2:7  Two kinds of life were born that day, soulish life which started the heart beating and blood flowing and created the soul and personality of man.  The other, spiritual life which became the human spirit in man and enabled him to communicate with God Who is spirit.  These two kinds of life found their home in the physical body of man and there was harmony in their inter workings. 

When man sinned, his capacity to communicate with God ceased and a deadness developed in man’s relationship with God.  The tragic result of this was that the soul and body of men were now left without a spiritual monitor and their whole development excluded the enlightening and restraining power of God.  Instead of being God centered, man became self centered.

 

  1. The Restoration

The restoration of our spirit begins the day we believe in Jesus’ baptism and substitutionary death for us. 

The moment we receive the perfect remission of sins by faith, our nonfunctioning human spirit is finally revived and given a new source of spiritual life, the Holy Spirit. 

The Bible pictures the unregenerate man as ‘walking in darkness.’  That is why he can’t see that all the things he tries to substitute for Jesus in his life are only delusive counterfeits.  When Adam sinned, his spirit became darkened without God’s inner illumination.

 

  1. The Light

At the heart of God’s plan to regenerate men was His intention of restoring the light to the darkened spirit of man.  Apostle John pictured Jesus as the One Who would bring the light back to man.  “In Him (Jesus) was life and the life was the light of men….He was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.” John 1:4,9   Peter said the same thing of Jesus when he wrote of Him as the One Who has “called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  1 Pet 2:9b  The greatest authority on the subject of ‘light’ was Jesus Himself.  He called Himself as the Light of the world.  “He who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12  

 

When a person is born again by the baptism and death of Jesus, the light really goes on inside him.  For the first time he is able to understand the things of God and the spiritual realm.  He believes by faith that through the righteous act of Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, one is now sanctified and made perfect (holy) forever through the perfect offering of Christ. Heb 10:10, 14

 

  1. Walk As ‘Children Of Light’

It is because we had been given this inner light that Paul admonishes us in the way he does in Ephesians 5:1-8.  There he talks about a number of sins that unregenerate man freely participates in.  Then he says “. do not be partakers with them, for you were formerly darkness (unholy) but now are light (holy) in the Lord, walk as children of light.” Eph 5:7-8   This is a terrific description of born again believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  If there is anything this dark old world needs is light.  That is why Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven.” Matt 5:16

 

  1. The Sixth Sense : Faith

When a man is born again, life is restored to his spirit and there, in the ‘inner man’ he is able to understand what holiness is and how to attain it.   The things of the spiritual realm are no longer unreal and alien.  The Holy Spirit come to take up residence in our recreated spirit and reveal the works that God had accomplished to make one holy and pure by faith alone.

 

The restoration of spiritual life gives back to man what Adam lost.  It is called  the ‘sixth sense’, faith.  Faith is the eyesight of the spirit.  It causes us to reach out to God to know Him and who we are now in Christ.  Faith enables us to believe that what God says about us is true and absolute.  The body has its five senses that make the material world real and the knowledge man gains through them is called ‘human viewpoint’  of life.  The intimate knowledge of God can only be known through the sixth sense, faith and it is called the ‘divine viewpoint’ of life.  Only the person who has been born again has a sixth sense enlightened and have both these viewpoints in him.  The unregenerate person has only the human viewpoint

 

These two viewpoints of life are very often in conflict with each other.  Both the recreated human spirit (the sixth sense) and the flesh (the five senses) bombard the soul (mind) with their viewpoints and these two are almost always opposed to one another.  We ought to decide which viewpoint of life is going to dominate us in order to know how God has made us holy and experience the spiritual blessings bestowed to us in Christ. 

 

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