The pursuit of holiness is a requirement for every Christian because, without holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). To learn more about this, consider listening to the following sermons by Dr. Caldwell:
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Holiness & God’s Word
How important is it that believers take the relationship of holiness and God’s Word seriously? Dr. Josh Philpot shares that 1 Peter 1 and 2 presents an extended section of the relationship between holiness and the reception of God’s Word. Within this same section, Peter quotes the command from the Old Testament, calling believers to be holy because God is holy. Peter talks about how obedience to the truth leads to a life of purity and love that comes from the living and enduring Word of God. He tells believers to long for the pure milk of the word that we need to grow in holiness. Dr. Philpot points out that James 1 also makes this same point saying that we are to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Dr. Philpot asks Dr. Richard Caldwell, how serious is this? If believers are to progress in the Christian life, what are we to do? Is there any one way that’s better than another? Today on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell seeks to answer these questions and more as he opens the Scriptures and guides us through some of these verses from 1 Peter.
Dr. Caldwell tells us what we are talking about when speaking of this command to be holy is a call for us to continue along the pathway from which we started. An initial work, done in our hearts by the Lord, in our salvation involved a principle of holiness. Dr. Caldwell points us to 1 Peter 1:22, believing what Peter has in mind here is conversion, which has come through obedience to the gospel. So then, as Peter goes on describing what took place, he also points out that this same holiness is necessary for our progress in the knowledge of the Word of God. In 1 Peter 2:1-3, we receive further instruction. Peter points out that if you’ve begun on this pathway, you must continue in the same manner; if, as Peter says, you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. Dr. Caldwell confirms, as Dr. Philpot already mentioned, James makes this same connection. Progress in the knowledge of Scripture involves the holiness of obedience. It requires us as believers to take what the Bible says, submit to it, walk in it, and do what it says in every realm of our lives.
Is it possible for someone to grow without the Word of God? Can somebody grow spiritually without having the Word of God? Dr. Caldwell says no, there is no way to grow spiritually without the Scriptures. To grow spiritually and to grow in holiness requires obedience to the Scriptures. So, as a believer, if you find yourself struggling in your walk with the Lord and wonder why, you might want to ask yourself some questions. Dr. Caldwell gives a few examples for consideration. We all know that there will be sin to confess until we are glorified and that no one is living up to the knowledge they have. But, there is a difference between sins of weakness and intentional negligence. So we want to walk in what we know, and if we desire to grow, it requires obeying.
Dr. Philpot mentions in the western world, we have such incredible access to the Word of God, which really gives us no excuse. But what about those who lived before the Reformation? What about those who didn’t have this and whose only reception was through the Latin Mass? What about entire groups of people who did not have the written Word of God and those who still do not? How, in situations like these, does somebody grow as a believer?
Dr. Caldwell says, in some way, we have sort of westernized the Christian life. Instead of getting our understanding from the Bible, we’ve taken it more from our traditions and the ways we have lived. He shares there is undoubtedly a responsibility imparted to us, who have been privileged to have our own individual copies of God’s Word. Dr. Caldwell says to have our own copies of God’s Word and not access it is a great sin. But, as history is our teacher, generations of believers before the printing press did not have this. They would have been responsible to grow spiritually through the teaching that took place through the Church, through families, by memorizing Scripture, etc. You grow then as you respond to the truth that you know. Dr. Caldwell shares that Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones said even where churches have abandoned the gospel, wherever the Lord’s Table takes place, there is a proclamation of truth that takes place. So, God, in His great wisdom and kindness, preserves truth for His people in so many different ways.
It is daily Bible intake that we need to grow. At the end of the day, no matter how we get the Bible in us, this is our daily need. Whether it is through songs, reading the Bible, or listening to a sermon, it is a daily intake we need to grow as believers. Our holiness will not be complete before the Lord returns this will, therefore, be an ongoing process for us. We only know what holiness is, the character of God, and what God desires and expects from us by the Word of God. We need this knowledge. And it can only be found in God’s Word. The Word of God is central to living the Christian life that pleases our God.
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