by Stephen F. OlfordGod's Provision for Holiness
Text: "Sanctified…in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Cor. 6:11).
Thought: "How may I live a life of holiness?" is a question often asked by those who want to wholly follow the Lord. The answer may surprise you. You can't-apart from the indwelling power of the Spirit. Christianity is not a life we maintain; rather, it is a life that God sustains in us by the Holy Spirit in order that we might be acceptable to Him. The Spirit uses three means of grace to keep us holy before God and righteous before men:
1. The Word of God-"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth" (John 17:17). All Scripture is intended by the Spirit to make God's people holy. It is "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). As we read, study, and hear the Bible preached, and obey its teaching, the Spirit sanctifies us by the Word.
2. The Blood of Christ-"The blood of…His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). The Spirit of God witnesses to the blood and applies its efficacy to our lives moment by moment as we "walk in the light" (1:7). This involves an openness of life and an obedience to God. Should that openness or obedience be interrupted by sin, we must "confess our sins" to God to experience cleansing from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
3. The Hope of Glory-"Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:3). Every born-again person who awaits the Savior's return wants to be ready for His coming. This hope constrains the believer to avail himself of the means of grace so that he will be holy in conduct and godliness (2 Pet. 3:11) and, therefore, "not…ashamed before Him at His coming" (1 John 2:28).
Thrust: Make me holy, precious Lord, make me holy by Your Word;
Make me holy, Lamb of God, make me holy by Your blood;
Spirit, use these means of grace, as I gaze on Jesus' face.