Christians "called" to be holy people - I Peter 2:9.
By the Gospel - II Thessalonians 2:13-14.
Called to be sanctified (set apart)
God has always demanded holiness of his people.
Pattern for Christian's Holiness - "Be ye holy: for I am Holy" - I Peter 1:16
A Christian is an imitator.
Of God - Ephesians 5:1 - "Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love,
even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice unto God for
an odor of a sweet smell."
By following Christ - I Peter 2:21 - "For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered
for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow in his steps."
We should magnify Christ in our lives - Philippians 1:20.
We are lights.
Holy in "All manner of living" - I Peter 1:15 - "But like as he who called you
is Holy, be ye yourselves Holy in all manner of living." (What does this cover?)
In relationship to the world (Notice: Ephesians 2:1-3)
Not conformed to the world - Romans 12:1-2 - "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which
is your spiritual service. (2) And be not fashioned according to this world, but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable
and perfect will of God."
To keep unspotted from the world - James 1:27.
In the marriage relationship.
Hold it sacred - Matthew 19:1-9.
Hold fast to it.
In everyday business - I Peter 1:13-18.
His aim is honesty - Romans 12:17 - "Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things
honorable; in the sight of all men."
In his work - II Thessalonians 3:10 - "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you,
if any man will not work, neither let him eat."
In his priorities.
Puts things of God first - Matthew 6:33 - "But seek ye first his kingdom and his righteousness
and all these things shall be added unto you."
We sometimes worry about how much we have or can get. This is misplaced priority.
The Motivation to be Holy
The Lord's return - I Peter 1:13.
The second coming - II Peter 3:10-13.
Be ready just like in Matthew 24:42-44.
The judgment (stand before God) - I Peter 1:17.
Must give an account - II Corinthians 5:10 - "For we all must be made manifest before the judgment
seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done,
whether it be good or bad."
I Peter 1:3-9.
I Corinthians 15:1-19.
Do you live a Holy life?
Do you set God as your pattern?
Are you Holy in "all manner of living?"
Do you have the "hope" that the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us?