Holiness—our greatest need and our greatest lack. This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.
God offers forgiveness of sins through Christ’s perfect sacrifice on the cross. God also gives believers something else: Jesus’ perfect righteousness. Positionally, God no longer sees the believer as a sinner but rather a saint.
But of course our present condition tells otherwise. Even though the believer’s past, present, and future sins have been covered, we still sin in our fallen flesh.
God commands, “You shall be holy, as I am holy.” While we can’t be perfectly holy now, we are called to strive for it as we study God’s Word and obey it and the Holy Spirit within us.
Hear an interview about the pursuit of holiness with author Jerry Bridges at TheChristianWorldview.org.
This weekend, we’ll talk with David Limbaugh about his new book, Jesus on Trial.
“ … like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:15-16
The attributes of God are endless—He is all-powerful, all-knowing, always present, forgiving yet just, loving yet perfectly wrathful. But God’s most distinguishing quality above all these, one that completely separates Him from us, is holiness.
“Holy, holy, holy” is the way the angel in Isaiah 6 describes God, emphasizing that just one “holy” isn’t enough to capture His inconceivable righteousness.
And then there’s us. Fallen. Prone to sin. Weak in our flesh. And yet God calls us to “be holy, for I am holy.” But how? What does being holy even mean?
We have just the right guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss holiness. 84-year-old revered author Jerry Bridges will join us to talk about “the pursuit of holiness” (which is also the title of his bestselling book) and how we can make progress in a world and in a body that pulls us the opposite way.
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Jonathan Edwards, the highly influential preacher of the Great Awakening in the first half of 18th century America, was a man known for his great intellect, powerful sermons (e.g. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”), and time-tested books (e.g. Freedom of the Will).
Beyond all this though, Edwards was perhaps most revered for his personal piety, his resolve to living a sanctified life to the glory of God. This commitment was spelled out in his well-known 70 Resolutions Read more
Guest: Dr. R.C. Sproul, founder and theologian, Ligonier Ministries
“Holy, holy, holy.” It’s the only description of God that is repeated three times for emphasis. Above all, God is holy, perfectly holy. Yet the holiness of God – and the believer’s responsibility to be holy – is a neglected topic in the church today when it is actually the launching point for understanding God and man’s need for salvation and sanctification.
The holiness of God is the theme of this year’s Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, March 19-21. Dr. R.C. Sproul, founder and theologian of Ligonier Ministries, will join me this Saturday to discuss this topic and his upcoming book, The Prayer of the Lord.