Testimonies to His Holiness
During our Adult Bible Class hour this past Sunday we were reminded and directed in our duty to be Christ’s ambassadors to lost souls of this present world. Our Sunday message followed focusing on the holiness of God and our need for personal holiness in order to enter His Presence. These things we cannot do of our own ability; they are both divine workings of God — workings made possible by the actions of the Holy Spirit, Who Himself is God, convicting, indwelling, empowering and transforming the committed and surrendered believer.
The Christian — all Christians — are commanded to be witnesses both of and to Christ. By this work of the Holy Spirit we testify of the transformations wrought in us through the newness of our deeds and desires, and we also testify to the Person of Christ by our likeness to Him… through lives of purity and separation from the loves and lures of this fallen world.
Both of these require our complete surrender. We surrender fully to Christ in the act of salvation (repentance and obedience), and we surrender fully to Christ in our walk of sanctification (becoming holy as He is holy).
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” adjures the apostle (Col. 2:6). Oswald Chambers comments, “My unrestrained commitment of myself to God gives the Holy Spirit the opportunity to grant to me the holiness of Jesus Christ.” (My Utmost, 3/21 entry).
It is every believer’s duty and privilege to “come apart” from this world and live godly before our God.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” (2 Cor. 6:14).
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:29-30).
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet. 1:3).