Commentary on Holiness and Righteousness.

My Sunday reading of G. Campbell Morgan considered the subject of Holiness and Righteousness.
It is a portentous subject that one may find a little frightening, but it doesn’t need to be. It is a subject of beauty.

What is Holiness? The measure of Holiness is the Character of God. Righteousness pertains to conduct. Holiness pertains to character. The two words are aspects of one condition. Only in Christ Jesus can we comprehend the character of God. In Christ we know that the essence of God is Love. Grace, Mercy, Beneficence, Goodness, Justice, Wrath, Holiness and Righteousness. All are expressions of Love. Love seeks the highest for us and is fierce in our defense. As a mother defends and desires the best for her child and mourns her child’s failings, so God desires our spiritual growth and mourns our failings. “He is Love and is set upon our well-being.” G.Campbell Morgan.
Is it possible that we can become the person that God requires us to be? The answer is yes. As we walk daily in His presence He conforms us to the image of His son. As St Paul says “ Not as though I had already attained…but I follow after( press on)…Ephesians 3: 12-14

“Be therefore imitators of God as dearly loved children” Ephesians 5:1

Does a baby think; ‘I can’t walk, I can’t stand up’? No. He/she just does what babies do and does it over and over again until he/she gains the skills to walk. Even though falls and hurts are part of the process the baby continues and one day it walks and then runs.
So, brethren let us hold fast to God’s hand and one day we too will run. Let us work with God fervently towards the goal of being presented before His throne as faultless children.
“…Put off the old man… put on the new man which is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4 :22-24

Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes cease to be,
And Thou were left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.
-Emily Bronte

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Holiness: It’s fruit

In my Sunday morning’s reading of G. Campbell Morgan’s sermon on Holiness: It’s fruit, I meditated upon our Christian journey.

God is Holy and He requires that we be holy if we are to walk daily in a faithful relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.The characteristics instilled in us by God can be used for selfish gain or be used in the furtherance of His Kingdom.
Every normal citizen of a country has a love of self, admiration of the world, passion for ownership of goods…land, home, a great love for kindred and friends, and patriotism. These characteristics define the Christian as well, but God removes the veil from the heart of the child of God who sees through the prism of a heavenly light.(2 Cor. 14) All characteristics are to be under God’s control. The narrow view of the ordinary man/woman becomes a broader and a deeper one. The love of self evolves into the love of God, “For in Him we live and move and have our Being.”
A recognition of the beauty of God’s handiwork and the suffering of His creatures that make this planet their home broadens the Christian’s viewpoint and implants a tendency to reach out to the world and alleviate the suffering.
God implanted the passion for gathering up the goods of this world in us and the passion is transformed within the Christian in a growing awareness that all belongs to God. The Christian acknowledges the stewardship that inspires him/her to share with others. By the surrender of our self to Him on our journey to reflect His holiness in our lives … we… …are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit…2 Corinthians 3-17-18. (NIV Bible)
The fruits of our lives are evident in the way we walk whether by the world’s standard or by God’s standard.

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