Perfecting Holiness in the Fear of God
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” II Corinthians 7:1
“How is it that we are to perfect Holiness in the Fear of God?”
One sure way is not to teach the fear of the Lord as man teaches.
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” Isaiah 29:13
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For those of us who seek to share the benefits of the Saviour’s mediation in Heaven, we must go onto perfection, permitting nothing to interfere with our duty to perfect holiness in the fear of God.
The precious hours given to us must not be squandered. Instead of giving over to the pleasures of this word, to its displayes and its attractions, or the gain of the pleasures and the wealth that this world has to offer, we should be devoted to an earnest, prayerful study of the word of truth.
We must clearly understand the subject of the sanctuary, and the investigative judgment to share the benifits of the atonement.
We all need a knowledge for ourselves of the position and the work of our great High Priest, otherwise it will be impossible for us to exercise the faith which is essential at this time, or to occupy the position which God has designed for us to fill.
Each of us has a soul to save, or to lose.
Every case is pending at the bar of God. Each of us must meet the great judge face to face. How important is it then, that every mind continually contemplate the solemn scene when the judgment shall sit, and the books shall be opened, when, with Daniel, every individual must stand in his lot at the end of the days.
All who have received the light upon these subjects are to bear testimony of the great truths which God has committed to us. The sanctuary in heaven is the very center of Christ’s work in behalf of man. It concerns every soul living upon the earth. It opens to view the plan of redemption, bringing us down to the very close of time and revealing the triumphant issue of the contest between righteousness and sin. It is therefore of the utmost importance that all should thoroughly investigate these subjects, and be able to give an answer to everyone that asketh them a reason of the hope that is in them.
The Intercession of Christ.
The intercession of Christ in man’s behalf in the sanctuary above, is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross. By His death He began that work, which after His resurrection He ascended to complete in heaven. We must by faith enter within the veil, “whither the forerunner is for us entered.” Hebrews 6:20.
It is there that the light from the cross of Calvary is reflected, and it is there that we may gain a clearer insight into the mysteries of redemption. The salvation of man is accomplished at an infinite expense to heaven; the sacrifice made is equal to the broadest demands of the broken law of God.
Jesus has opened the way to the Father’s throne, and through His mediation, the sincere desire of all who come to Him in faith may be presented before God.
Hiding our sins.
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13.
If those of us who hide and excuse our sins, could see how Satan exults over it. How it is that he taunts Christ and His holy angels by our deeds, we should hasten to confess and to put away our sins.
Through defects in the character, Satan works to gain control of the whole mind, and he knows that if these defects are cherished, he will succeed. Therefore he is constantly seeking to deceive the followers of Christ with his fatal sophistry that it is impossible for us to overcome.
But Jesus pleads in our behalf His wounded hands, His bruised body; and He declares to all who would follow Him: “My grace is sufficient for thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29, 30.
Let none of us therefore regard our defects as incurable, for God will give faith and grace to overcome them.