“Holiness only appears to be abnormal. The truth is, holiness is normal, to be anything else is to be abnormal. Being a saint is simply being the person God made me to be.” James S. Howell
In the women’s Sunday school class, we’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit and last week, Bob preached on the Holy Spirit being the Breath of God that breathes life into us. Our holiness is inextricably connected to the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
I think it’s hard for us to wrap our minds around the Holy Spirit. He’s the mysterious one in the Trinity (John 3:8). He is not like the force from Star Wars or some cosmic, cloudy presence. He’s a person and, at the same time, he is the Spirit (Gen. 1, John 4). He’s the Holy Spirit. He’s the person of the Trinity who lives inside of us. I’m not exactly sure what that looks like, but he’s in us. He wages war against our flesh. His main job, it seems, is to make us holy. Our holiness rests upon the Holy Spirit by grace and, yet, scripture indicates that we have a part to play.
There’s a tension. Both are true. We are told over and over again that we are complete in Christ (and that’s a finished work) and yet, we are still working out our salvation with fear and trembling (a progressive work).
When is the last time I considered myself holy? The quote above says that I’m a saint. I believe that to be true in scripture, but do I feel like a saint? Do you? It’s hard to consider this a truth when so often I lack observable holiness.
When we feel unholy, we tell one another to preach the gospel to ourselves, and we should do that for sure. We forget the gospel too often. But, preaching the gospel to ourselves (that we are hidden with Christ in God, Col 3:3) must also include a reminder of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who is at work in us and through us right here in our present circumstances, in our homes, at our places of work, in our relationships. The Holy Spirit is our life-breath of holiness. He is our Helper in the fight against sin. Right now, He is making us who we were always supposed to be and who we are in Christ. Holiness is the new normal for every believer.
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Eph. 1:13-14
Posted: 6.19.2017 in Women’s Ministry Share: