Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Peter 2:4-12 Holiness and the Church

on October 25, 2013

“As you come to Jesus…you are being built up as a spiritual house…”

Jesus is the foundation of the church.  As we come to Him in belief and for salvation, our lives are not only built on that Foundation, but also interlocking with other believers all over the world and throughout all time.  This gives lofty purpose to our lives.  We are to strengthen and hold each other up.  We are to interact with one another.  We are to serve and worship together.  Verse 9 says, “That you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  And Verse 12 says, “That they may see your good deeds and glorify God.”  A church that is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ keeps Him central in everything.  In this we may face rejection by men, but we will be precious to God!  And God alone will get the glory!

Since we are built up together, how we live affects the church and lives of others and the reputation of the Lord.  Be holy!

Being holy is different from being good.  A lot of people are trying to build “good” lives.  Being good can be managed in our own strength, and qualified by our own definition.  It builds on a foundation of self.  Being good makes me feel and look good.  Holiness is the result of Christ’s work in our hearts.  Being holy reflects on His goodness and gives Him the glory.  Being holy is integral to the structure that God is building.  Being good is building our own building, one block at a time.  This is why Jesus is prophesied as a “stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”  People who want to do life on their own get tripped up over the fact that their lives were meant to be built on Jesus Christ, and offended that He and His truth is the only foundation that is secure and eternal.

How can I proclaim the excellencies of God today?  How am I serving God with my life?  Am I allowing God to make me holy for His glory?  Am I abstaining from my own passions to pursue an honorable life that points others to God?  How are my relationships with other believers that are being built into God’s spiritual house together with me?

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