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  • character, it is the wholepackage in glorious unity.
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  • That's what thisholiness is about.
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  • Holiness means perfectionin the sense of completion.
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  • And so, when Jesusexhorted us to be perfect,
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  • he was inviting us to a lifeof wholeness and holiness.
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  • Creflo: Father, wethank you for this,
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  • another opportunity to ministerto these your precious sheep.
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  • And Father, I pray that you willspeak through my vocal cords
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  • and think through mymind, none of me
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  • and all of you, Lord.
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  • I thank you that every ear isanointed to hear
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  • and every heart is anointed toreceive, and I thank you,
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  • Lord, that we will neverbe the same again.
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  • I thank you, Lord Jesus, thatthere is no time or distance
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  • in the Spirit, and I praytonight for tremendous impact.
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  • In Jesus's name we pray,and everybody said amen.
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  • Praise God, hey, I wannaget right into this.
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  • It's gonna blessyour life tonight.
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  • If you go in your Bibles, let'sturn to 1 Corinthians chapter 1
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  • and verse 30, 1 Corinthianschapter 1 and verse 30.
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  • You know, there's a lotof things going on
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  • in the world today.
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  • I mean, we don'tmake light of it,
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  • but we all are aware thatlots of things are going on.
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  • And yet, at the same time,there is the Christian.
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  • There is the body of Christ.
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  • There are those whoare believers in Jesus.
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  • Those who arebelievers in his Word,
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  • and we have faith in his Word.
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  • And I guess one of the questionsI ask myself is who should we be
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  • in a time such as this?
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  • What should we be demonstratingin a time such as this?
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  • I believe, somehow, we shouldbe what the rest of the world
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  • should be focusing in on.
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  • That when things don't appearto be working in the world,
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  • somehow or another, they canlook at the Christian life,
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  • they can look atthe church, and say,
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  • "Ah-ha, look at some greatthings that are happening here."
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  • I go back to that distinctionbetween what's going on in Egypt
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  • versus what's going on inGoshen back in the day.
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  • You know, back in the day,there was no light in Egypt,
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  • but there was light in Goshen.
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  • Back in the day, therewas insufficiency in Egypt,
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  • not enough straw to makebricks, but in Goshen,
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  • there was more than enough.
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  • And I believe that there shouldbe a distinction between,
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  • you know, what's going onin Egypt versus
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  • what's going on in Goshen.
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  • I believe there should be adistinction between what's going
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  • on in the world and what'shappening in the church.
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  • And so, because ofthese questions,
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  • I want to take sometime to teach on holiness.
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  • And I'm not talking aboutholiness the way we've heard it,
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  • because what I just described toyou is more of a definition
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  • of holiness, thefact that, you know,
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  • what's going on in Egypt shouldnot be going on in Goshen.
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  • What's happening in the world,it should be different
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  • in the church.
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  • When we talk about holiness,we're talking about not being
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  • common with the world.
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  • And yet, I still don't thinkthat's enough to really give us
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  • a working definition and aworking revelation of holiness
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  • and what it means.
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  • So, I wanna talk abouttrue holiness tonight,
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  • and maybe if I don'tfinish tonight,
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  • we'll finish next week,but we really need
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  • to get a hold of this subject.
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  • So, join me tonight, and let'slook at 1 Corinthians chapter 1
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  • and 30, and we'llbegin here tonight.
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  • First Corinthians1 and 30, he says,
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  • "But of him are youin Christ Jesus."
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  • "Of him are you in Christ Jesus,who of God is made unto us,"
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  • Jesus has been madeunto us wisdom,
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  • he's been made untous righteousness.
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  • Jesus has been made unto ussanctification or holiness,
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  • it's the same Greek word.
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  • Jesus has been madeunto us redemption.
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  • What a powerful Scripture.
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  • The fact that Jesus hasbeen made for us wisdom,
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  • righteousness, sanctification,holiness, and redemption.
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  • Now, the word "holiness" in theNew Testament is a Greek word
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  • which is sometimestranslated also sanctification.
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  • So, when you look up thisGreek word for sanctification,
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  • it is the same Greekword for holiness.
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  • Now, let me say a couple ofthings before we get started.
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  • Holiness is a fruit of grace.
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  • You cannot be morerighteous because you
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  • are already 100% righteousby Jesus's blood.
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  • But under grace, youcan grow in holiness
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  • in the way you live your life.
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  • And in verse 30, there'sthis practical holiness,
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  • and practical holiness is notpossible if you don't understand
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  • that you're righteousin Christ Jesus.
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  • So, sanctification orholiness is not a conduct,
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  • but it is a person.
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  • And once you have the person,you have all these things.
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  • Once you have Jesus,you have righteousness,
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  • you have holiness,you have redemption,
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  • you have wisdom,because you have Jesus.
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  • Look at Romans 8:32.
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  • I mean, you know,God gave us Jesus,
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  • and because we have Jesus, wehave all these other things.
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  • And what it refers to hereis because we have Jesus,
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  • we have righteousness.
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  • Because we have Jesus,we have sanctification.
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  • Because we have Jesus, we haveeverything that we need in life.
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  • Look at the Scripture.
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  • He says, "He that sparednot his own Son,
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  • but he deliveredhim up for us all,
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  • how shall he not with himalso freely give us all things?"
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  • So, notice again what he says.
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  • "He that spared not his own Son,
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  • but he deliveredhim up for us all."
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  • So, Jesus has been madeavailable for anybody
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  • who wants to receive him.
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  • He says, "How shallhe not with him also
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  • with him freelygive us all things?"
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  • So, with Jesus, wehave righteousness.
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  • With Jesus, we have wisdom.
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  • With Jesus, watch this,we have sanctification.
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  • We have holiness because withhim we have all these things.
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  • Now, for some of you, youknow, that made a lot of sense.
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  • For some of you, you were ableto grab a hold of some
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  • of the things that I said.
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  • And so, what I wanna do now isjust back up and slow this thing
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  • up and really go at it.
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  • So, I guess one of the bestthings we can do right now
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  • is in defining holiness and howit applies into your life,
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  • let's first of all talkabout what it is not.
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  • Because no matterwhat I say to you today,
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  • if I don't address your oldmindset concerning holiness,
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  • then, you know, you're justgonna stay with what you've
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  • always learned and whatyou've always known.
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  • And so, in tryingto define holiness,
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  • I think it would be helpful todetermine what holiness is not.
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  • Now, there are severalcommon ways
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  • in which holiness is defined.
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  • And to be fair, each one hasan element of truth in it,
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  • and it can be backedup by Scripture.
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  • But as you'll see, none of theseassumed definitions
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  • can be used to describea God who is holy.
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  • So, why should this matter,some of you think
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  • or may ask yourself?
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  • Look at 1 Peter chapter 1,verse 15 and 16,
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  • 1 Peter 1, verse 15 and 16.
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  • Why should this matter?
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  • It matters a greatdeal, because we,
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  • ladies and gentlemen, are calledto be holy as the Lord is holy.
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  • Look at verse 15 and 16.
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  • He says, "But as he whichhas called you is holy,
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  • so be holy in all manner ofconversation," or lifestyle.
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  • Verse 16, "Becauseit is written,
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  • be ye holy,for I am holy."
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  • So, it matters a great deal,because we are called
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  • to be holy as the Lord is holy.
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  • I need to know how to do that.
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  • I need to understandhow to accomplish that.
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  • How can we do this now if wedon't know what holiness means?
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  • So, here are some misleading
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  • and incompletedefinitions of holiness.
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  • We're gonna defineholiness by, first of all,
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  • finding out what it is not,and showing you some misleading,
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  • some incomplete definitions ofholiness that the church has
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  • walked in for a long, long time.
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  • Let's look at the first one.
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  • Ephesians chapter 5 and 27.
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  • Ephesians 5:27,here's the first one.
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  • Holiness is sin avoidance.
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  • In other words, we've definedholiness as avoiding sin.
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  • We define it as avoiding sin.
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  • Now, Ephesians 5:27 says, "Thathe might present it to himself
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  • a glorious church,not having spot,
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  • or wrinkle, or any such things,but it should be holy
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  • and without blemish."
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  • So, right here, holinessis defined as without spot,
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  • without wrinkle,without blemish, and so,
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  • yes, the Scriptures exhort usto avoid sinful lifestyle.
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  • However, this doesn't passthe God test, who does not--
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  • God does not needto avoid sin, why?
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  • Well, he was holy beforethere was any sin to avoid.
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  • And if it doesn'tpass the God test,
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  • then you've got to discard it.
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  • And so, you know, "Be holy asGod is holy," and then the first
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  • thing we do, we sayholiness is sin avoidance,
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  • yet God, who is holy, is notgoing around trying to avoid
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  • sin, because, you know,God was holy before
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  • there was any sin to avoid.
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  • So, it doesn't passthe God test.
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  • Let's look at thesecond area here.
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  • Number two, it'sdefined as this.
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  • Holiness is being setapart from something.
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  • Now, look at 2 Corinthianschapter 6 verse 17 through 18,
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  • 2 Corinthians 6:17 though 18.
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  • So, the first definition, andwhat I'm doing,
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  • I'm showing you what it is not.
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  • The first definition washoliness is sin avoidance.
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  • That doesn't pass the God test.
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  • The second definitionis holiness,
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  • is being set apartfrom something.
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  • Now, Paul said that we shouldcome out and be separate
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  • from among them, 2Corinthians chapter 6:17 and 18.
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  • He says, "Whereforecome out from among them,
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  • be ye separate, saith the Lord,and touch not the unclean thing,
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  • and I will receive you."
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  • Verse 18, "And willbe a Father unto you,
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  • and you shall be mysons and daughters,
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  • saith the Lord Almighty."
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  • Now, does this mean to removeourselves from around sinners?
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  • Now, if this is so, you know, ifthis means remove yourself
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  • from around sinners, thenJesus violated this big time.
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  • And yet, the Biblesaid he is holy,
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  • harmless, undefiled, andseparate from sinners,
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  • Hebrews chapter 7:26.
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  • Let me show that toyou, Hebrews 7:26.
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  • Because, you know, if we'resaying that being holy means
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  • to be set apart from something,and that in order for us to be
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  • holy, does that mean that we setourselves from around sinners?
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  • And if that's the case, then wegotta look at what Jesus did.
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  • Hebrews 7:26, "For such as ahigh priest became us,"
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  • "Such an high priest becameus, who is holy, harmless,"
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  • said Jesus is holy,said Jesus is harmless,
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  • says Jesus is undefiled,separate from sinners,
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  • "And made higherthan the heavens."
  • 00:14:14.667 --> 00:14:17.536
  • So, if this really means thatwe've got to stop hanging around
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  • sinners, then we got a problem,
  • 00:14:21.373 --> 00:14:23.475
  • because that's all thatJesus hung around.
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  • If anything, he was deridedby religious folks
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  • as the friends of sinners.
  • 00:14:30.950 --> 00:14:33.552
  • The Bible calls Jesusthe friend of sinners,
  • 00:14:33.585 --> 00:14:35.688
  • yet he was separate from them.
  • 00:14:35.721 --> 00:14:38.223
  • So, how is it that he wasable to be a friend of sinners,
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  • and yet being separatefrom them?
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  • I don't believe thatbeing holy means
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  • to just not hangaround any sinners.
  • 00:14:46.065 --> 00:14:48.567
  • How are we gonnaminister to 'em?
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  • How are we gonna get 'em saved?
  • 00:14:49.969 --> 00:14:51.603
  • So, what's wrongwith this definition?
  • 00:14:51.637 --> 00:14:53.472
  • Well, like muchholiness preaching,
  • 00:14:53.505 --> 00:14:56.809
  • this definition isapt to make us,
  • 00:14:56.842 --> 00:14:58.644
  • you know, allergic to sinners.
  • 00:14:58.677 --> 00:15:01.847
  • And Jesus wasuntouched by sin,
  • 00:15:01.880 --> 00:15:04.149
  • but he was also afriend of sinners.
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  • He spent far more time in thecompany of sinners than most
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  • holiness preachers do.
  • 00:15:11.256 --> 00:15:13.192
  • His very first public outing wasat a wedding reception in Cana
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  • of Galilee where heturned water into wine,
  • 00:15:18.564 --> 00:15:21.300
  • and no one there was even saved.
  • 00:15:21.333 --> 00:15:25.504
  • You see, Jesus didn't pray thatwe be taken out of the world.
  • 00:15:25.537 --> 00:15:30.175
  • Go to St. John 17verse 15 and 17.
  • 00:15:30.209 --> 00:15:33.045
  • St. John chapter 17verses 15 and 17.
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  • Jesus didn't pray that we shouldbe taken out of the world,
  • 00:15:36.415 --> 00:15:40.619
  • but that we wouldbe sanctified in it,
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  • being holy and sanctified in it.
  • 00:15:44.757 --> 00:15:47.626
  • Look what he says inverse 15 through 17.
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  • "I pray that thou shouldest takethem out of the world but that
  • 00:15:49.595 --> 00:15:56.335
  • thou shouldest keepthem from the evil."
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  • I pray not, excuse me.
  • 00:15:58.837 --> 00:16:00.939
  • "I pray not that thou shouldesttake them out of the world."
  • 00:16:00.973 --> 00:16:04.710
  • He says I'm not praying thatyou should take 'em out
  • 00:16:04.743 --> 00:16:06.378
  • of the world, "But that thoushould keep them from the evil."
  • 00:16:06.412 --> 00:16:10.783
  • Verse 16, "They arenot of the world,
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  • even as I am not ofthe world," verse 17,
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  • "Sanctify them," there it is.
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  • Sanctify them, make them holy.
  • 00:16:20.025 --> 00:16:22.628
  • Sanctify them how?"Through thy truth."
  • 00:16:22.661 --> 00:16:25.297
  • What did he say?"Thy word is truth."
  • 00:16:25.330 --> 00:16:29.601
  • Now, I've heard preacherssay you can't stay saved,
  • 00:16:29.635 --> 00:16:33.072
  • you know, if you go toNew York, Manhattan.
  • 00:16:33.105 --> 00:16:36.075
  • You can't stay savedif you go to
  • 00:16:36.108 --> 00:16:38.811
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, you know?
  • 00:16:38.844 --> 00:16:41.413
  • That's a lie.
  • 00:16:41.447 --> 00:16:43.182
  • True holiness runs from nothing.
  • 00:16:43.215 --> 00:16:48.153
  • And when you'rein true holiness,
  • 00:16:48.187 --> 00:16:51.023
  • you can be in the worldand not be affected by it.
  • 00:16:51.056 --> 00:16:56.428
  • True holiness, true holiness,and that's what we're trying
  • 00:16:56.462 --> 00:17:00.299
  • to run down rightnow, true holiness.
  • 00:17:00.332 --> 00:17:02.968
  • Okay, so we seethose two definitions.
  • 00:17:03.001 --> 00:17:05.170
  • Sin avoidance, you know,
  • 00:17:05.204 --> 00:17:06.805
  • we're talking about whatholiness is not.
  • 00:17:06.839 --> 00:17:08.540
  • So, it's not sin avoidance.
  • 00:17:08.574 --> 00:17:09.908
  • It's not, you know, becomingallergic to sinners.
  • 00:17:09.942 --> 00:17:15.080
  • Look at the third definition.
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  • Holiness is beingset apart to God.
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  • These are the thingsthat we've heard.
  • 00:17:22.020 --> 00:17:23.355
  • Holiness is beingset apart to God.
  • 00:17:23.388 --> 00:17:25.190
  • Now, this is the closest to theliteral meaning of the Hebrew
  • 00:17:25.224 --> 00:17:29.061
  • and Greek word for holy.
  • 00:17:29.094 --> 00:17:30.462
  • It is used in describingholy things like temples.
  • 00:17:30.496 --> 00:17:35.601
  • Look at Psalms 11:4.
  • 00:17:35.634 --> 00:17:38.303
  • So, in the Greek,it's used to describe
  • 00:17:38.337 --> 00:17:41.740
  • holy things like the temple.
  • 00:17:41.773 --> 00:17:45.244
  • It's used to describe holythings like the mountains.
  • 00:17:45.277 --> 00:17:49.248
  • So, Psalms 11:4,and then Exodus 19:23.
  • 00:17:49.281 --> 00:17:52.484
  • 11:4, he says,"The Lord is in his holy temple.
  • 00:17:52.518 --> 00:17:57.256
  • The Lord's throne is inheaven, his eyes behold,
  • 00:17:57.289 --> 00:18:01.293
  • his eyelids try, thechildren of men."
  • 00:18:01.326 --> 00:18:03.195
  • So, see, here the word"holy" is describing the temple.
  • 00:18:03.228 --> 00:18:07.166
  • And then, if you lookat Exodus 19:23,
  • 00:18:07.199 --> 00:18:12.571
  • you see the word "holy"talking about a mountain.
  • 00:18:12.604 --> 00:18:14.806
  • "And Moses said unto the Lord,'The people cannot come up
  • 00:18:14.840 --> 00:18:17.676
  • to Mount Sinai, forthou chargest us,
  • 00:18:17.709 --> 00:18:24.082
  • saying, 'Set boundsabout the mount,
  • 00:18:24.116 --> 00:18:27.452
  • and sanctify it'"or make it holy.
  • 00:18:27.486 --> 00:18:32.624
  • But how does thisdescribe a holy God?
  • 00:18:32.658 --> 00:18:36.094
  • Is God dedicated to himself?
  • 00:18:36.128 --> 00:18:39.898
  • How would he do that?
  • 00:18:39.932 --> 00:18:42.301
  • You follow what I'm saying?
  • 00:18:42.334 --> 00:18:43.635
  • And so, when you look atholiness as being set apart to
  • 00:18:43.669 --> 00:18:46.471
  • God, and you see how holiness isused to describe the temple
  • 00:18:46.505 --> 00:18:51.476
  • and describe the mountain,the question is,
  • 00:18:51.510 --> 00:18:54.313
  • is God dedicated to himself,and how would he do that?
  • 00:18:54.346 --> 00:19:00.419
  • Let's look at the fourthdefinition of holiness
  • 00:19:00.452 --> 00:19:03.255
  • and how it's used.
  • 00:19:03.288 --> 00:19:05.190
  • The fourth definition, holiness
  • 00:19:05.224 --> 00:19:07.793
  • is moral perfection,moral perfection.
  • 00:19:07.826 --> 00:19:14.600
  • Boy, that's sounds noble,that sounds very religious,
  • 00:19:14.633 --> 00:19:19.671
  • but it's straight out ofthe old covenant of law.
  • 00:19:19.705 --> 00:19:23.041
  • Leviticus 18:26 and 30.
  • 00:19:23.075 --> 00:19:25.177
  • I think we ought to read it.
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:26.545
  • Leviticus 18:26 and 30.
  • 00:19:26.578 --> 00:19:28.280
  • To define the holinessthat we have,
  • 00:19:28.313 --> 00:19:31.917
  • because Jesus is holy,as moral perfection,
  • 00:19:31.950 --> 00:19:37.155
  • I mean, first of all,you can't achieve that.
  • 00:19:37.189 --> 00:19:39.491
  • First of all, you know, that'sprobably what's going on
  • 00:19:39.524 --> 00:19:43.829
  • and wrong with us where we'redoing things to try to work
  • 00:19:43.862 --> 00:19:48.000
  • for morality and work to beperfect morally, and you can't.
  • 00:19:48.033 --> 00:19:54.239
  • Aside from Jesus,that's impossible.
  • 00:19:54.273 --> 00:19:55.974
  • You're not gonnabe able to do that.
  • 00:19:56.008 --> 00:19:57.342
  • Look at verse 26and 30, he says,
  • 00:19:57.376 --> 00:19:58.744
  • "You shall therefore keep mystatutes and my judgements,
  • 00:19:58.777 --> 00:20:02.748
  • and shall not commit anyof these abominations,
  • 00:20:02.781 --> 00:20:05.951
  • neither any of your ownnations, nor any stranger
  • 00:20:05.984 --> 00:20:10.689
  • that sojourneth among you."
  • 00:20:10.722 --> 00:20:12.658
  • Verse 27, he says, "For allthese abominations have
  • 00:20:12.691 --> 00:20:16.995
  • the men of the land done,which were before you,
  • 00:20:17.029 --> 00:20:21.533
  • and that land is defiled."
  • 00:20:21.566 --> 00:20:23.835
  • So, he says theycouldn't even do it, ha.
  • 00:20:23.869 --> 00:20:26.004
  • I mean, people under the oldcovenant couldn't even do it.
  • 00:20:26.038 --> 00:20:28.340
  • "That the land spuenot you out also,
  • 00:20:28.373 --> 00:20:31.743
  • when you defile it, asit spued out the nations
  • 00:20:31.777 --> 00:20:35.981
  • that were before you."
  • 00:20:36.014 --> 00:20:37.382
  • They couldn't even keep it.
  • 00:20:37.416 --> 00:20:39.584
  • Look at the next verse.
  • 00:20:39.618 --> 00:20:40.919
  • "For whosoever shall commitany of these abominations,
  • 00:20:40.952 --> 00:20:43.322
  • even the souls that committhem shall be cut off
  • 00:20:43.355 --> 00:20:47.059
  • from among their people,"and then in verse 30,
  • 00:20:47.092 --> 00:20:50.028
  • he says, "Therefore shallyou keep my ordinance that
  • 00:20:50.062 --> 00:20:53.231
  • you commit not any of theseabominable customs which
  • 00:20:53.265 --> 00:20:57.569
  • were committed before you,
  • 00:20:57.602 --> 00:20:59.204
  • and that you defile notyourselves therein.
  • 00:20:59.237 --> 00:21:02.240
  • I am the Lord your God."
  • 00:21:02.274 --> 00:21:04.409
  • Fourteen centuries has taughtus that the law-keeping covenant
  • 00:21:04.443 --> 00:21:10.916
  • did not work, and you cannotwork your way to holiness.
  • 00:21:10.949 --> 00:21:15.821
  • It's just not possible.
  • 00:21:15.854 --> 00:21:18.223
  • You cannot workyour way to holiness.
  • 00:21:18.256 --> 00:21:20.859
  • It's just not possible.
  • 00:21:20.892 --> 00:21:24.029
  • So, holiness beinga moral perfection,
  • 00:21:24.062 --> 00:21:27.899
  • that's just not possible.
  • 00:21:27.933 --> 00:21:29.568
  • And yet, we've heard itdefined that way in church.
  • 00:21:29.601 --> 00:21:34.139
  • Let's look at the finaldefinition I wanna use
  • 00:21:34.172 --> 00:21:37.576
  • to help us show youwhat holiness is not.
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  • Number five, holinessmeans worthy of devotion.
  • 00:21:43.248 --> 00:21:47.152
  • Some have defined itas worthy of devotion.
  • 00:21:47.953 --> 00:21:50.622
  • Now, indeed, God isworthy of worship.
  • 00:21:50.655 --> 00:21:53.458
  • Hey, we know that,
  • 00:21:53.492 --> 00:21:55.394
  • but angels are holy, too.
  • 00:21:55.427 --> 00:21:58.497
  • So, if you say holinessmeans worthy of devotion,
  • 00:21:58.530 --> 00:22:02.534
  • then, you know,angels are also holy.
  • 00:22:02.567 --> 00:22:05.537
  • Mark chapter 8:38shows us that.
  • 00:22:05.570 --> 00:22:09.841
  • Should we worship them as well?
  • 00:22:09.875 --> 00:22:12.611
  • And how about us?
  • 00:22:12.644 --> 00:22:14.880
  • We are referred toas holy priesthood.
  • 00:22:14.913 --> 00:22:19.151
  • So, you see what I'm saying?
  • 00:22:19.184 --> 00:22:20.786
  • You see, holiness, it'skind of like an elephant.
  • 00:22:20.819 --> 00:22:24.623
  • Each definitionabove is partly true,
  • 00:22:24.656 --> 00:22:28.627
  • but it's wholly wrong.
  • 00:22:28.660 --> 00:22:31.096
  • It's partly true, but to putit all together as one,
  • 00:22:31.129 --> 00:22:34.599
  • it would be wrong.
  • 00:22:34.633 --> 00:22:36.168
  • So, we've got todefine holiness, what is it?
  • 00:22:36.201 --> 00:22:39.337
  • Now, here's what we know so far.
  • 00:22:39.371 --> 00:22:40.972
  • We know holiness does notmean worthy of devotion.
  • 00:22:41.006 --> 00:22:44.476
  • We know holiness isnot moral perfection.
  • 00:22:44.509 --> 00:22:47.579
  • We know holiness is notbeing set apart to God.
  • 00:22:47.612 --> 00:22:51.316
  • We know that holiness is notbeing set apart from something.
  • 00:22:51.349 --> 00:22:57.055
  • We know that holinessis not sin avoidance, okay?
  • 00:22:57.088 --> 00:23:02.360
  • It's not sin avoidance,so what is holiness?
  • 00:23:02.394 --> 00:23:05.197
  • I wanna just be straightwith you right now:
  • 00:23:05.230 --> 00:23:07.933
  • watch this, listen to this,holiness means wholeness,
  • 00:23:07.966 --> 00:23:13.939
  • W-H-O-L-E-N-E-S-S.
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  • Holiness means wholeness.
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  • You're the healer.You're the deliverer.
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