THREE ESSENTIALS TO SPIRITUAL LIFE John 10:10
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
A lot of people think they know what it takes to have a good life now and eternal life in heaven later.
They will tell you what you have to do, what you have to believe, what you have to say.
The facts are that you have to repent of sin, become part of the family of God and live by faith until you get to heaven.
Holiness people believe, teach and practice these three things.
ONE: NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE YOU HAVE TO REPENT OF SIN.
Everyone has sinned. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. All of us have sinned.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
When we decide that we have had enough of sin and we want to be saved out of that sin all we have to do is ask.
Simply admit to the Lord that you have sinned.
Ask him to forgive you of it and you ask him to be the Lord of your life.
State that you will live for him by faith.
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, Amen.”
In this prayer you meet all the requirements of scripture.
TWO: ONCE YOU REPENT YOU ARE CHANGED.
The second essential step to having an eternal spiritual life with the Lord is the change that happens when you ask Jesus to forgive you.
You are instantly made right in your relationship with God. We call that being justified.
You are instantly changed in your nature because you are born again spiritually speaking. We call that being regenerated.
You are instantly part of the family of God. We call that being adopted.
This is a free package deal from the Lord. By the time you can speak the words the transaction is completed.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Once God has forgiven you, you are forgiven. Can you still sin? Sure. But the old ones are gone and there is no reason to do anymore.
You are justified, made right with the Lord. Might as well keep it that way.
Regenerated is basically saying that we are starting over completely.
Jesus gave his life on the cross as a sacrifice to cover all of our sins.
No matter what has happened in the past, no matter what we did or thought or said or acted upon we come to the place where we can start over.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Once you repent of your sins you are justified and regenerated but you are also adopted. Adopted instantly into the family of God.
No lawyers. No paperwork. The fee is paid.
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Holiness people take the Lord at his word. We really are changed into something new.
THREE: ONCE YOU ARE IN THE FAMILY YOU NEED TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE.
People are born into the family of God from all kinds of situations and conditions and at all ages and maturity levels. So there is a learning curve.
Once you are in a family you take on the characteristics of the family... We live by the Bible.
We are taught that the Lord is holy, he is to be respected as holy and most importantly for us he makes us holy.
Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who makes you holy
We are taught that we are called to be holy and we belong to that which is holy.
1 Peter 1:14-16
14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
We call living a holy life: Christian Holiness or Entire Sanctification. It doesn’t matter what you call it as long as you have it.
The Lord will fill us with his Holy Spirit and make us able to live a holy life.
We are fully dedicated to God and doing our best to serve him.
We are trying to grow and mature and be more like Jesus each day.
Holy in this case does not mean absolute perfection in this life. It means that we are dedicated to doing the will of God.
We are going to serve someone.
We believe everyone can repent of sin, become part of the family of God and live a holy life as we grow and mature in our faith.