Holiness - The Pathway To God (13 of 15) by Rick Ferguson

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HOLINESS - THE PATHWAY TO GOD (13 of 15)
GROWING CLOSER AND GOING DEEPER WITH GOD
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
Heb. 12:14b "...without holiness no one will see the
Lord."

Series Verse: BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2 PETER 3:18).

Intro: Would you agree with the statement, "God
hates sin, but loves the sinner."

Most of us have, in fact, spoken that statement
on a number of occasions. And I believe the statement
is true and accurate. God does hate sin and yet God
does love the sinner. Praise the Lord He does!!

However, may I suggest to you that often when we
make that statement, we are making it with heavy
emphasis on the second phrase which states, "God loves
the sinner" but we probably are giving very little
weight to the first half of the statement which says
"GOD HATES SIN!"

But let me tell you something with extreme
emphasis today. GOD DOES HATE SIN BECAUSE GOD IS
HOLY!!

Now when I use the word "HOLY," what kind of
image does that bring to your mind?

Do you think of a group of monks cloistered in a
remote monastery eating only wheat bran and fruit?
Do you think of the Pope in his Pope-mobile?
Do you think of the Amish people in full beards,
broad-rim hats, and full-length cotton dresses?

Or, when you hear the word HOLY do you think of
the average Christian whose life has been radically
transformed by the power of Jesus Christ and he/she no
longer lives in conformity to this evil world system,
but is a brand new creation?

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view
of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living
sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your
spiritual act of worship.
(2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what
God's will is his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyo ...


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