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The Renewal of Holiness

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Lesson

We have become image-bearers who sin, and worse than that, we carry about in us a disposition to sin. The gospel is the good news that our sinful thoughts and actions can be forgiven through the atoning work of Christ. God’s Spirit, who now resides in us, is also fixing the polluted source of ours sins.

Outline

The Renewal of Holiness
 

A. Review and introduction

B. The holiness of God (Isaiah 6:3, Rev. 4:8)

C. Contagious holiness (2 Cor. 3:18)

D. The goal comes into focus as Christlikeness (Rom. 8:29)

E. The Holy Spirit (meaning that holiness is his natural impulse)

F. Our perversity runs deep

G. The starting point of authenticity

1. The importance of honesty (1 John 1:9)

2. Psalm 137: An Old Testament example of radical authority

3. The priority of Jesus: Inner holiness (Matt. 12:33, 23:25)

H. The necessary "death" of the old nature

1. The cruciform life (Rom. 6:4, Rom. 12:1, Gal. 2:20)

2. The continuation of our personal identities

I. The ongoing discipline of the self (Col. 3:2-3, 5)

J. Soul-crafting: The formation of virtue (suffering and separation)

K. Some helpful guides: Thomas a Kempis(1380-1471), Hannah Whitall Smith and J. I. Packer

L. Summary: We began our consideration of the transformational dynamic by studying the renewal of holiness. Sin has corrupted the moral purity of people created in the holy God’s image and likeness. We have become image-bearers who sin, and worse than that, we carry about in us a disposition to sin. The gospel is the good news that our sinful thoughts and actions can be forgiven through the atoning work of Christ. But the news is even better than this. God’s Spirit, who now resides in us, is also fixing the polluted source of ours sins. He is gently but firmly moving us along in the direction of sanctification, progressively restoring the holiness with which we were originally designed.