Friday, September 14, 2007

Holiness; 3. Holiness (Practical) part 1; JC Ryle

On to chapter 3, titled 'Holiness' in our weekly reading with 's Reading Group. I am now convinced more than ever that this book is a definite must for every household along with the Bible, and a copy of the Westminster Confession.

Chapter 3 'Holiness' or 'Practical Holiness'

I. What true practical holiness is - What sort of persons are those whom God calls holy

a) holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God

Habit of:
  • agreeing in God's judgement
  • hating what He hates
  • loving what He loves
  • measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word
"He who most entirely agrees with God, he is the most holy man."

b) a holy man will endeavour to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment
He will have:
  • a decided bent of mind toward God
  • a hearty desire to do His will
  • a greater fear of displeasing Him than of displeasing the world
  • a love to all His ways

"I delight in the law of God after the inward man" (Rm. 7:22).

"I esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right. And I hate every false way" (Psm. 119:128).

c) a holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ

He will be as Jesus was:
  • by living the life of faith in Him
  • by drawing from Him all his daily peace and strength
  • by labouring to have the mind that Jesus has
  • by conforming to His image
  • by being unselfish
  • by walking in love
  • by being lowly-minded and humble
  • by being a faithful witness for the truth
  • by not doing your own
  • by knowing it is your meat and drink to do your Father's will
  • by continually denying yourself in order to minister to others
  • by being meek and patient
  • by thinking more of godly poor men than of kings
  • by being full of love and compassion
  • by being bold and uncompromising in denouncing sin
  • by seeking NOT the praise of men
  • by going about doing good
  • by seperating from worldly people
  • by being continued instant in prayer
  • by NOT even allowing your nearest relations stand in your way when God's work has to be done
"These things a holy man will try to remember and by them he will endeavour to shape his course of life."

"Happy is he who has learned to make Christ his "all," both for salvation AND example!"



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