Wednesday, August 19, 2009

disengaged holiness

Holiness as often taught in Christian circles seems to be all about "me and God". To be fair one would have to examine all of the teachings a particular author or teacher has given. When we think of holiness we need to think of it always in terms of the larger context. Of what God is about, and doing in the world.

Abraham was called by God and blessed to be a blessing. We by faith are in Abraham's line, and so we've inherited both the promise and the responsibility that goes with it in this covenant.

Let us beware of any Chritian holiness teaching which so emphasizes the importance of our relationship with God (and that is vitally important) that it fails to take in the whole picture. It can easily, then, become a holiness that is disengaged and inactive in the world to whom and for whom Jesus came- and died. So that true holiness is about becoming what God in Jesus is calling us to become, and do, in Jesus' steps in this world. Touching with Jesus' holiness the unclean, so that in Jesus they can become clean.

What might you like to add to this?

6 comments:

nAncY said...

it surely wants to be both. our personal growing relationship with God plus what God is and wants to do that is beyond that.

it seems to come in spurts, like a child growing up in height, then out in width, up again, and out again...and so on.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Interesting analogy, nAnY. I'll have to remember that. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that the least in the kingdom of God is greater than any born among woman. When it comes down to it, the only way to sunshine is to stand out in it.

Spurts indeed nAncy, as the Apostle John put it... I write unto you children, unto you young men, fathers. 1st John 2:12 - 14.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Anon, Thanks.

Would be nice to know your name, or you could leave initials. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for asking Ted, which name would you like.

Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

I believe the Word of God was saying that there are two names, just like two lifes...

Psa 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Your "Touching with Jesus' holiness the unclean, so that in Jesus they can become clean." I love it. Those words remind me of...
2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will .....

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen, Anon.