An Urgent Appeal for Holy Living
I Peter 1:15-16
The appeal contained in I peter 1:15-16 needs to be made and heeded today. There are few Christians that I know of that are living a holy, happy and useful life of which Peter is speaking and to which God is calling each one of His children?
When you look at the Church of this modern age most Christians are living on a very low level Christian experience. Unfortunately they are satisfied to stay there.
But the question is God satisfied? Friend we know what the answer to that question is. God is not satisfied with careless, slipshod, undisciplined Christian living.
It has been said if you please God then it matters not whom you displease. But if you displease God it matters not whom you please.
His standard is very exacting and His standard is very high one, for we can hear Him calling us to live a holy life throughout the entire Bible.
Peter was re-stating God's command from Lev. 11:44 and this is the message of the Psalms and the message contained in the prophecies of the Old Testament. This is the message of the New Testament. This is the message of practically all of the Epistles.
I. THE CONSTRAINT OF A HOLY LIFE
Why should we live a holy life? God the Father commands it. In other words we are dealing with something that is absolutely imperative; it is not optional.
A life of Holiness is commanded by God, for it is written, 'Be ye holy, for I am holy. This is a serious call. We may choose a married life or a single life, but it is not left to us to choose whether or not we live a holy life.
We may choose to be a Baptist or we may choose to be a Methodist but it is not left to us to choose whether or not we live a holy life for God says to His children, to me and to you, "I want you to be like Me." God says, "I'm holy. I want you to be holy. I want you to be like Me."
God's desire for us as believers is that we are God-like or putting it in even more specific ...
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