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Be Holy .... Not Legalistic ...May 2, 2021

Be Holy...Not Legalistic...May 2, 2021

You shall be holy, for I am holy. 1 Peter1:19 ESV If asking different people to define holiness a person might receive several different answers. Someone may describe a holy person as one who reads their Bible every day, goes to church, does things for other people motivated by their beliefs or ___________ (fill in the blank). While all these things are good, they do not make one holy. One can desire to be holy, but even the desire to be holy does not make you holy. A definition given by the Webster dictionary is .... 1. exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. 2. Divine — For the Lord our God is holy Psalms 99:9 KJV The bottom line and the fact is, ONLY GOD makes a person holy. Some individuals may attempt to appear holy, and in doing so, they may associate holiness with rules and regulations believing this makes them holy. This can be described as legalism or legalistic. Legalism as defined by the Webster dictionary is .... Excessive adherence to law or formula. There are those who believe that in order to experience the gospel of salvation in Christ, they must adhere to a certain law or they could never be saved. Let me give you my definition of legalism... one who makes himself and others miserable by living their life based on rules and regulations rather than grace. This person can, and many times will become very negative and judgmental of themselves and others. Legalism can be a trap that can easily ensnare a person without even realizing it.

Legalism: So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” But he answered them, “ The man who healed me, that man said to me, “Take up your bed and walk.” John 5:10-11 ESV. (Read John 5: 1-17 for the full story). Do not misunderstand; the law of God is important, and Jesus did not come to destroy the law but fulfill it. The law of God reveals his standard, but is not a hammer to beat others up, rather to show us our need for Jesus. Jesus himself said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17 ESV .... God has done what the law weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh but

Be Holy... Not Legalistic ...May 2, 2021 according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4 ESV. God did in us (by the Spirit) what the law cannot do .... Make us holy.

Holy: As I have pointed out over the last couple of weeks in my teaching, we have been called/commanded to .....be holy, for I am holy. 1 Peter1:19 ESV. Some may say, “I’m not under the law but under grace, so I can do whatever I want”..... NOT TRUE!!! We must be careful not to use grace as a ticket to sin. Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! Romans 6:1 ESV. ..... Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Romans 6:15 ESV. While the law cannot save us, it does instruct us and is not to be ignored. If you had to depend upon it to be saved, you would fall tremendously short. This is why we have received mercy and grace from God. So when we look to the word of God in how we are to present ourselves before God, we need to look through the lenses of God’s eyes, not man’s reasoning. The most important step toward holiness in a person’s life can be described in one word....... LOVE. If you LOVE me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 ESV It was asked of Jesus, “Which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Matthew 22:36 ESV Jesus answered... “You shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 2237. ESV

Application: LOVE GOD!!!!! You may desire to be holy... You may search the scripture seeking how you might be holy..... But when you are motivated by love for God, it will not be seen as rules you keep, or words you say, but actions that are motivated by the love you have for the one who saved you and made you holy.

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Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David

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