Jerry Bridges – The Challenge of the Pursuit of Holiness

29 Apr

Romans 8:28-29 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Being ‘conformed to the likeness of his Son’ is the good that God has in store for us, what he works out  in our favour. This conforming is like molding us into Christ’s likeness. A changing, transforming from the inside out like a caterpillar being changed in its cocoon.

One way our mind can be renewed/transformed (Romans 12:2) is by exposure to the word of God through which the Holy Spirit works change un us.

Another way is through discipline, God training his children through adversity out love. They suffer not because of sin but because of faith (remember the wrath cup is empty for believers so it must be out of the cup of blessing).

God is changing our very cores so that we are no longer centred around ourselves but centred around Christ. Transforming us into being holy as God is holy. While we won’t get close in this life it is, none the less, our goal. This is a universal call for the Christian regardless of circumstance.

What does holiness look like in out everyday lives?

Jesus’ Life – In John 4 Jesus said to the disciples, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” This is what gets Jesus out of bed in the morning.

What gets me out of bed in the morning? Nothing will motivate us like embracing the Gospel. What changes duty to delight? The Gospel! What will cause us to love God more and more? Only a response to the love he’s given us! How do we know the love been shown to us? Because he sent his son as propitiation for our sin.

Paul’s life – In 2 Corinthians 5 Paul says that, “the love of Christ constrains/compels us. That is that it forces us to live not for ourselves but for HIM.

Jesus’ LifeJohn 5:30 records Jesus as saying, “I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” We come up woefully short of this standard. Whether my will is sinful or not, I want to do what I want to do rather than what God would have me to do.

Jesus’ LifeJohn 8:29 “…he who sent me is with me…for I always do what is pleasing to him.”

Jesus sought to do the will of God, motivated by the will of God in order to be fully pleasing to God. This is the kind of holiness we should pursue.

Finally Jesus said that he glorified the Father on earth having accomplished all that he had been given to do, therefore Jesus glorified God through his actions. This should also be our desire, through our actions, to glorify the Father.

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