sermon: Hope That Purifies
The Holiness of God's Children
Martin G. Collins
Given 14-Apr-12; Sermon #1097; 112 minutes
Martin Collins reminds us that we must be cognizant of our privileges of being called, namely our invitation to become children of God. Bearing the name of the Family of God should motivate us in our quest for perfection. God extends His grace, and we respond with our hearts, purifying ourselves. Without this calling, we would be in total spiritual darkness. The true Christian has the unique hope of becoming like Jesus Christ, sharing in His joy, power, and honor. Only the pure in heart will actually see God. We are to strive to attain holiness in order to conform to God's image. Hope transforms and purifies our character, rooting out sin and conforming ourselves to the image of our Elder Brother, subjecting ourselves as slaves of righteousness, rather than as slaves of sin. We purify ourselves by accessing God's Holy Spirit, initiating the process of sanctification. Personal holiness is a work of gradual development, not an end in itself, but as part of the process of conforming to God, attaining moral wholeness. Holiness and sanctification require "working out our own salvation," something all of God's called-out ones are required to do, separating ourselves from sin, and seeking righteous character, emulating Jesus Christ, loving the light and hating the darkness, looking to God's Throne as our guide. If we purify ourselves, we will not feel ashamed at Jesus Christ's coming.
Absence of light Attributes of God Belief Children of God Christian common sin Cleanse Cleansing and perfecting Colossians 3:2, 5 Conformed to the image of God Degenerate heart Extra blessing II Corinthians 4:17-18; 7:1 Darkness Ephesians 1:4 Future Grace Hebrews 6:11-12, 18-20 Hope in Christ Hope Holiness Idolatry Inexpressible beauty James 2:20 I John 1:9; 2:28; 3:1-3, 5-7; 4:4-6 Maturity Moral courage Moral wholeness Obscurity I Peter 1:15 Philippians 2:12 Psalm 139:23-24 Pure in heart Purify Revelation 15:4; 19:7-8 Romans 6:19-22; 7:18; 8:29, 37 Serve God Sanctification Sensitizing conscience Shipwrecks as beacons Slaves of God Slaves of sin Two kinds of servitude We will see Him as He is White contains all spectrums of color
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