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God’s General Rev. George Vergis

We are living in a time and ago where everything is a means to an end, even in ministry. A real model is scarce but such was embodied by the Late Rev. George Vergis. 

(Source http://marthoma.in/obituaries/rev-george-vergis-taken-into-eternal-rest/)

In particular the Late Achen was my spiritual leader during my teen years. Encouragement, motivation and prayer was his landmark. 

The Late Achen will be remembered for his smile and hearfelt service to all people irregardless of their race, colour and creed. 

Rev. George Varughese 

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9 Oct 2017-HOLINESS UNTO GOD-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

9 Oct 2017-HOLINESS UNTO GOD-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

“The chosen ones are the separated ones.” Rev. George Varughese

“The chosen ones live separated lives.” Rev. George Varughese

Verse Exodus 28:36

Holy Holy


16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts.[a] Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 14:16-20


35 And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the Lord and when he comes out, that he may not die.36 “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. Exodus 28:36


Levites were chosen and set apart by God

13 “And you shall stand the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and then offer them like a wave offering to the Lord. 14 Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the children of Israel, and the Levites shall be Mine. 15 After that the Levites shall go in to service the tabernacle of meeting. So you shall cleanse them and offer them like a wave offering. 16 For they are wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel. Numbers 8:13-16 


Levites were chosen and set apart by God

At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day. Deuteronomy 10:8


Levites were chosen and set apart by God

12 “Now behold, I Myself have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the children of Israel. Therefore the Levites shall be Mine, Numbers 3:12


Jesus was dedicated as a Nazarite

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2:23


Levites were dedicated as a Nazarite

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the Lord, he shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink; neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, from seed to skin. ‘All the days of the vow of his separation no razor shall come upon his head; until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord, he shall be holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. All the days that he separates himself to the Lord he shall not go near a dead body. He shall not make himself unclean even for his father or his mother, for his brother or his sister, when they die, because his separation to God is on his head. All the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord. Numbers 6:1-8


Samson was dedicated as a Nazarite

For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Judges 13:5


24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Matthew 16:24-27

 

1. SELF DEDICATION / Dedication by Self (NT) Matthew 16:24-27

  • a. A wilful decision
  • b. To live a dedicated / set apart life for God
  • c. He / she becomes a ‘slave’ of God
  • d. He / she chooses / embraces the set of values required of them

2. GOD DEDICATION / Dedication by God (OT) Numbers 8:14

Part 1: Chosen by God

  • a. as His chosen nation / tribe
  • b. due to His holy will
  • c. for a specific task > temple the Levites
  • d. to live a separated life

Part 2: Response of the chosen ones

  • a. to realize and know that they have been chosen / set apart by God
  • b. to wilfully accept this
  • c. to wilfully live this way
  • d. by fulfilling certain ways of living

The Practical Way Forward:

1. The choice is our to reject or to follow

2. Our choice requires living a certain lifestyle – for God

3. This gels when God’s will gels with man’s will

4. God expects from us a long term commitment

 

REREFENCE

  • THE POSITION CALLED HOLINESS Psalm 24:3,4, Psalm 1:1,2
  • ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS 1 Peter 1:15, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, Romans 12:1,2
  • 4 Oct 2017-THE COLOUR OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Isaiah 1:18
  • 5 Oct 2017-THE FLOWER OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Song of Solomon 2:1-2, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Isaiah 52:14
  • 6 Oct 2017-YOUNG HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese, Matthew 9:16-17, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, Hebrews 12:5-11, 2 Timothy 2:3-7
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6 Oct 2017-YOUNG HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

6 Oct 2017-YOUNG HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

“No civilian becomes a soldier, evaluate present state for future progress.” Rev. George Varughese

  • GOD”S LOVE LETTER
  • 19.21 pm
  • Young holiness
  • How young is your holiness?
  • Degree of maturity. Old wine skin new wine skin. Young horse. Wild horse.

A. PRE-REQUISITES FOR MATURITY

Scripture 1:Matthew 9:16-17

16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:16-17

Key Meaning: (5)

1. No old wineskins can contain new wine

  • old wineskin are containers with old paradigms
    • oppose change
    • oppose fresh understanding
    • oppose new revelations
  • no matter how good intentioned these are, they just can’t flow wth the new because of the limitation of the oldness of their ‘container’, their heart

2. New wineskins can contain new wine

  • new wineskin are containers with new paradigms
    • welcomes change
    • welcomes fresh understanding
    • welcomes new revelations
  • thus becomes canditates of God’s Holy Spirit for fresh revelations

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[a]

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12

3. This refers to the degree of maturity

For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12

4. Different regimes of disciplines required with different levels of maturity 

You therefore must endure[a] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may[b] the Lord give you understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:3-7

Compared to the life of a:

  • (a) soldier 2 Timothy 2:3
  • (b) athlete 2 Timothy 2:5
  • (c) farmer 2 Timothy 2:6

5. God requires openness for correction

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]

If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid themrespect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:5-11


B. PROCESS FOR MATURITY

KEY LESSONS: (4)
1. Evaluate current state for future progress in God and the things of God
  • often the inability of one to ascertain real levels of commitment is a pitfall for greatness
  • wishful thinking Christians never progress only remains a dreamer
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14
2. Williness to pay the price of discipleship
  • these are mental paradigms to be coached by God through the Holy Spirit
  • often God uses spiritual leaders as a coach / under-coach
3. Willingness to be corrected 
4. Willingness to be pruned
15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2
5. Willingness to be subjected under a spiritual father or mother for a season of time for prophets mentoring
  • there is no short cut in spiritual coaching
  • there is no short cut in spiritual growth

For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6

  • THE POSITION CALLED HOLINESS Psalm 24:3,4, Psalm 1:1,2
  • ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS 1 Peter 1:15, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, Romans 12:1,2
  • 4 Oct 2017-THE COLOUR OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Isaiah 1:18
  • 5 Oct 2017-THE FLOWER OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Song of Solomon 2:1-2, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Isaiah 52:14
  • 6 Oct 2017-YOUNG HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese, Matthew 9:16-17, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, Hebrews 12:5-11, 2 Timothy 2:3-7
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4 Oct 2017-THE FLOWER OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

4 Oct 2017-THE FLOWER OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

“Be unto God the flower of holiness.” Rev. George Varughese

Song of Solomon 2:1-2

  • 5/10/17 3.50 am
  • Something to do with flower of holiness. 
  • The Flower Of Holiness is Jesus
  • Lily of the valley
  • a rose trampled on the ground.
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Jesus became ugly for us to be saved

Scripture 1:Song of Solomon 2:1-2

I am the rose of Sharon,

And the lily of the valleys.

Like a lily among thorns,
So is my love among the daughters. Song of Solomon 2:1-2

Flower depicts:

  • the picture of beauty
  • the picture of holiness
  • yet in its weakness
  • we have to prove this flower in our frailty

Scripture Study 1:

1. Christ is likened to the rose (Gills)

  • Christ may be compared to a rose for its colour and smell;  to the rose for its red colour:
    • and which may be expressive of the truth of his humanity,
    • and of his bloody sufferings in it;
  • and this, with the whiteness of the lily,
    • finishes the description of him for his beauty, Sol 5:10;
    • and for its sweet smell; which denotes the same things for which he is before compared to spikenard, myrrh, and camphire.

2. Believers likened to the lilies, beautiful clothed in the righteousness of God (Matthew Henry)

  • Believers are beautiful, as clothed in the righteousness of Christ;
  • and fragrant, as adorned with the graces of his Spirit;
  • and they thrive under the refreshing beams of the Sun of righteousness.

3. Yet church is likened to lily which has a weak stem

  • The lily is a very noble plant in the East; it grows to a considerable height, but has a weak stem.
  • The church is weak in herself, yet is strong in Him that supports her.

4. The wicked sons and daughters of this world are likened to thorns

  • The wicked, the daughters of this world, who have no love to Christ, are as thorns, worthless and useless, noxious and hurtful.

5. Thorns are also corruption in the flesh 

  • Corruptions are thorns in the flesh;

Scripture 2: Isaiah 52:14

 14 Just as many were astonished at you,
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men; Isaiah 52:14

6. The sacrifices Jesus had to go through that disfigured his flesh (Gills)

  • though fairer than the children of men,
  • as he was the immediate workmanship of the divine Spirit, and without sin;
  • yet, what with his griefs and sorrows he bore, and troubles he met with;
  • what with watchings and fastings, with laborious preaching, and constant travelling about to do good;
  • what with sweat and blood, with buffetings and scourgings, never was any man’s face more marred, or his form more altered, than his was.
Key Lessons:
1. Holiness is won rather than it is a right
  • struggles to maintain a life of holiness
  • in the real world of sin

2. Holiness is won by choice

  • an accurate decision to live this way
3. Holiness is not a privilege 
  • has to be won and not on silver spoon
  • struggles to win holiness

4. Holiness is acquired by strength 

  • though is seems as weakness
  • holiness is acquired in strength

5. Thus holiness marks / stamp of believers strength in Jesus

6. Thus holiness marks / stamp of believers victory in Jesus

  • And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 
  • Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  • 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.
  • For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

7. Holiness was acquired by Jesus

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

8. Holiness caused Jesus His life

  • his body was marred for us Isaiah 52:14

14 Just as many were astonished at you,
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men; Isaiah 52:14


REFERENCE:

  • THE POSITION CALLED HOLINESS Psalm 24:3,4, Psalm 1:1,2
  • ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS 1 Peter 1:15, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, Romans 12:1,2
  • 4 Oct 2017-THE COLOUR OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Isaiah 1:18
  • 4 Oct 2017-THE FLOWER OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Song of Solomon 2:1-2, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Isaiah 52:14

 

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4 Oct 2017-THE COLOUR OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

4 Oct 2017-THE COLOUR OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese

What is the colour of your holiness?” Rev. George Varughese

Isaiah 1:18


Word Study 1: sin

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • sin
  • 266. ἁμαρτία, ας, ἡ hamartia
  • Definition: prop: missing the mark; hence: (a) guilt, sin, (b) a fault, failure (in an ethical sense), sinful deed.
  • HELPS Word-studies 266hamartía (a feminine noun derived from 1/A “not” and 3313/méros, “a part, share of”) – properly, no-share (“no part of”); loss (forfeiture) because not hitting the target; sin(missing the mark).
  • 266/hamartía (“sin, forfeiture because missing the mark”) is the brand of sin that emphasizes its self-originated (self-empowered) nature – i.e. it is not originated or empowered by God (i.e. not of faith, His inworked persuasion, cf. Ro 14:23).


Word Study 2: holy

  • 1 Peter 1:15
  • holy
  • 40. ἅγιος, ία, ον hagios
  • set apart, holy, sacred
  • HELPS Word-studies 40 hágios – properly, different (unlike), other (“otherness“), holy; for the believer, 40 (hágios) means “likeness of nature with the Lord” because “different from the world.”

    The fundamental (core) meaning of 40 (hágios) is “different” – thus a temple in the 1st century was hagios (“holy”) because different from other buildings (Wm. Barclay). In the NT, 40 /hágios (“holy”) has the “technical” meaning “different from the world” because “like the Lord.”

    [40 (hágios) implies something “set apart” and therefore “different(distinguished/distinct)” – i.e. “other,” because special to the Lord.]


Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!

For the Lord has spoken:
“I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me;
The ox knows its owner
And the donkey its master’s crib;
But Israel does not know,
My people do not consider.”

Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the Lord,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward. Isaiah 1:2-4

 

16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;[a]
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.

18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword”;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:16-20

 

Scripture Study:


A. What is to Sin?

1. Sin is rebellion against a loving God

Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the Lord,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward. Isaiah 1:4

2. To sin is to ignore God / results in the ignorance of God

3. Sin is ignorance of God (despite God’s faithfulness)

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
“I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me; Isaiah 1:2

4. Ignorance of God is license to sin

Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the Lord,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward. Isaiah 1:4

5. To sin is to live as orphans

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
“I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me;
The ox knows its owner
And the donkey its master’s crib;
But Israel does not know,
My people do not consider.” Isaiah 1:2,3

6. To sin is to be friends with the world

Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the Lord,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward. Isaiah 1:2-4


B. What is Holiness?

1. Holiness results in consultation with God
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
2. Holiness results in cleansing by God
  • scarlet > white as snow
  • red > white as wool
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
3. Holiness is a migration from a life of sin
  • a decided
  • objective
  • directed life
16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Isaiah 1:7
4. Holiness results in right living
  • doing is the result / evidence of right believing
  • untaught but taught by self
Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;[a]
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:7
5. Holiness results in fulfilling social responsibilities 
  • this is holiness that pleases God
    • to OPPOSE oppressors
    • to love the OPPRESSED
Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;[a]
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:7
6. Holiness results in prosperous living
19 If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;  Isaiah 1:19

REFERENCE:

  • THE POSITION CALLED HOLINESS Psalm 24:3,4, Psalm 1:1,2
  • ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS 1 Peter 1:15, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, Romans 12:1,2
  • 4 Oct 2017-THE COLOUR OF HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev.George Varughese Isaiah 1:18

 

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3 Oct 2017-ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS-Holiness Series-Rev. George Varughese

ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS

“You are not your own, God title deed says so.” Rev. George Varughese

Holiness Series

1 Peter 1:15

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16

  • 1 Peter 1:15
  • holy
  • 40. ἅγιος, ία, ον hagios
  • set apart, holy, sacred
  • HELPS Word-studies 40 hágios – properly, different (unlike), other (“otherness“), holy; for the believer, 40 (hágios) means likeness of nature with the Lord” because “different from the world.”

    The fundamental (core) meaning of 40 (hágios) is “different” – thus a temple in the 1st century was hagios (“holy”) because different from other buildings (Wm. Barclay). In the NT, 40 /hágios (“holy”) has the “technical” meaning “different from the world” because “like the Lord.”

    [40 (hágios) implies something “set apart” and therefore “different(distinguished/distinct)” – i.e. “other,” because special to the Lord.]

PART A: WHAT IS HOLINESS

PART B: BODY THE IMPLEMENTOR OF HOLINESS


PART A: WHAT IS HOLINESS

1. What is the benchmark of Holiness? 1 Peter 1:15,16

1. God is the personification of holiness

  • Jesus lived in Holiness

2. Jesus is the model of holiness / Jesus modelled holiness

  • Jesus gave the meaning of what it means to be holy
  • because Jesus lived it!

3. Jesus is the standard of holiness

  • Jesus defined with His life
  • We must derive the meaning of holiness from Jesus’ point of view

2. What is holiness – the principle ? 1 Peter 1:15

  • to be different from the world, meaning of (hágios)
  • likeness of Jesus
  • set apart

3. What is holiness – the practice? 

  • to pattern our lives after the model of Jesus
  • to live differently from the world
  • Why?
  • To live as children of God must mark a different lifestyle
  • others labelled the follower of Jesus as Christians Acts 11:26
  • to not live as the word is to live a holy life Romans 12:2

26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Acts 11:26

  • Acts 11:26
  • a Christian
  • 5546. Χριστιανός, οῦ, ὁ Christianos
  • from Christos
  • follower of Christ

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1,2

4. Body is the implementor of holiness

  • our body parts are the machinery for action either for sin or God

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1,2


PART B: BODY THE IMPLEMENTOR OF HOLINESS

12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,”He says, “shall become one flesh.”[a] 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[b] and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

Key Lessons:

1. The power to refuse the common lifestyle for the ideal lifestyle / way of living though it is permissible

12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 12:12

2. We decide to not to live in the status quo 

12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 12:12

3. We decide to use our bodies for Jesus 

13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 1 Corinthians 12:13

4. We must recognise the rightful owner of our body

13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 1 Corinthians 12:13

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!

5. We are barred from joining our bodies with sin

16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,”He says, “shall become one flesh.”[a] 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.  1 Corinthians 12:16,17
  • Jesus taught that to join our body with the harlot is to become as one with the harlot
  • There is the soul level that becomes connected in sexual union

6. Realisation of the ownership of our body 

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[b] and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 12:12-20
  • we house the life of God in our body
  • we do not own our body!
  • because Jesus bought us

7. The rightful use of our body is for the Lord!

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[b] and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

REFERENCE:

  • THE POSITION CALLED HOLINESS Psalm 24:3,4, Psalm 1:1,2
  • ENGAGING YOUR BODY IN HOLINESS 1 Peter 1:15, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, Romans 12:1,2

 

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THE POSITION CALLED HOLINESS

“Man’s holiness begets God’s blessings” Rev. George Varughese

“Man’s holiness attracts God’s blessings” Rev. George Varughese

Holiness Series

Psalm 24:4


Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah Psalm 24:3-6

Word Study 1:

  • Psalm 24:5, a blessing
  • 1293. berakah
  • blessing
  • KJV Lexicon benediction; by implication prosperity — blessing, liberal, pool, present.

Word Study 2:

  • Psalm 24:4, clean
  • innocent — blameless, clean, clear, exempted, free, guiltless, innocent, quit.

Word Study 3:

  • Psalm 24:4,deceitfully
  • fraud — craft, deceit(-ful, -fully), false, feigned, guile, subtilly, treachery.

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:1-6

Word Study 1:

  • Psalm 1:6, blessed
  • 835. אַשְׁרֵי esher
  • happiness, blessedness

Word Study 2:

  • Psalm 1:6, the wicked / the ungodly
  • 7563. רָשָׁע rasha
  • wicked, criminal
  • KJV Lexicon morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person — + condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked (man), that did wrong.

Word Study 3:

  • Psalm 1:6, righteous
  • 6662. צַדִּיק tsaddiq
  • righteous
  • Brown-Driver-Briggs just, righteous, in conduct and character:

Key Lesson:

1. The Blessing of Holiness Psalm 24:5, Psalm 1:3

  • Recipient of God’s blessings
  • Recipient of God’s righteousness

2. The Requirement of Holiness Psalm 24:4

  • He who has clean hands 
  • He who has a pure heart,
  • He who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
  • He who has not sworn deceitfully.

3. The Privilege of Holiness Psalm 24:3

  • He has rights to enter God’s temple
  • He has rights to stand in God’s presence

4. The Posture of Holiness Psalm 1:1

  • The way he walks
  • The place he stands
  • The position he sits

5. The Intent of Holiness Psalm 1:3

  • To love for God’s word