Ch. 3: Holiness in Not an Option

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 3: Holiness is Not an Option

  • Scripture speaks of both a holiness which we have in Christ before God, and a holiness which we are to strive after. These two aspects of holiness complement one another, for our salvation is a salvation to holiness. p.33
    • “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10
    • “Make every effort… to be holy.” Hebrews 12:14
  • Holiness:
    • Is not a condition of salvation but a part of salvation
      • no one can trust in Jesus Christ for true salvation unless he trusts in Him for holiness p.34
      • remember the definition of holiness: “morally blameless; separated from sin and therefore consecrated to God.” p.16
      • we cannot receive half of God’s grace… we will experience not only forgiveness of our sins (what God already provided for us on calvary) but also freedom from sin’s dominion (what God will provide for us when we pursue holiness) p.35
      • I ask myself: Did God provide freedom from sins on calvary? Yes. But it is not an automatic like His forgiveness. We must pursue holiness to experience the freedom
    • Is required for fellowship with God
      • “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” 1 John 1:5-6
      • God does not require a perfect, sinless life to have fellowship with Him, but He does require that we be serious about holiness, that we grieve over sin in our lives instead of justifying it, and that we earnestly pursue holiness as a way of life p.36
    • Is required for our own well-being
      • to persist in disobedience is to increase our necessity for discipline p.36
      • God is serious about holiness in the lives of His people, and He will discipline us to attain it p.37
    • Is necessary for effective service to God
      • we cannot bring our service to God in an unclean vessel p.37
    • Is necessary for our assurance of salvation
      • the only safe evidence that we are in Christ is a holy life. John said everyone who has within him the hope of eternal life purifies himself just as Christ is pure (1 John 3:3) p.38
      • it is not those who profess to know Christ who will enter heaven, but those whose lives are holy p.38
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