THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Wife to psychiatrist, "Doctor, I'd like you to evaluate my 60 year-old husband."
Doctor, "Ok, he's exhibits a transient psychosis with an intermittent rage disorder, punctuated by episodic radical mood swings, but his prognosis is good for full recovery."
Wife, "How can you say all that without even meeting him?"
Doctor, "You said he was 60. That means he’s in his 2nd childhood."
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Yesterday, I said that Christianity is an EXHIBITION RELIGION.
(See http://www.linktojesus.org/Daily/CHRISTIANITY_THE_EXHIBITION_RELIGION_12-05-2012.html )
Being saved involves a process by which we put OFF the “old man,”
and put ON the “new man.”
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
In that process we “become servants to God.”
The result of being a servant of God is exhibiting the behavior of “holiness.”
Now, there’s a word that causes many Christians to shiver!
Hagiasmos is the Greek word from which “holiness” is translated.
That word means purification, or sanctification.
It is a process.
Holiness is a “fruit” of being saved.
It is an action performed within by the presence of God’s Holy Spirit.
And, yes, it does require cooperating effort on the part of the believer.
Thus, “holiness” involves an immediate change, and a continuing change.
Holiness does not mean self-sanctimoniousness.
It does mean exhibiting behavioral change which gradually and continually moves one toward the image of Christ.
2 Cor 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Be sure you are looking toward Jesus, and
your life will exhibit the continuing change of holiness.