Holiness (John #6)

Text: John 2:12-22

Holiness is Christ-likeness

  • Jesus Christ was the same God who had instructed Moses in the building of the tabernacle.  He had given specific direction because the tabernacle, then the temple, would picture Himself.  It would all point to Him.
    • a couple verses devoted to the creation of the universe while 15 chapters speak of the building of the tabernacle.  And an entire book to the ministry of it.
    • The tabernacle was built from the inside out.  The ark of the covenant, the meeting place of God, was the first furniture and everything was built around that.  Exodus 25:22 And there will I meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat…
    • When the Lord Jesus Christ enters the temple, the place bears no resemblance to what he had shown Moses and David and Solomon to do. Every detail that was intended to point to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ had been erased by covetousness.
  • 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil
    • In the place of judgment there is greed.  And those running the show have the audacity to interrogate the Creator and Author of this tabernacle as if they have done nothing wrong and it’s His fault and He needs to explain Himself.
    • So the Lord Jesus Christ comes into this setting and flushes out the business; sin had taken the holy ordinances and profaned them.
    • That brings me to the first point: Holiness is not a list of rules.  Holiness first of all is Christ – likeness.
  • If there is one thing the Lord wants from His people, it is holiness.  Holy Bible, Holy Spirit.  HOLY HOLY HOLY.  Holy Father, Holy Child, Holy Spirit. – Three part Holiness.
    • Be ye holy for I am holy.
    • When the temple began to be profaned, it was when it stopped representing the one who authored it.
    • When Israel’s poor leadership ceased to understand the temple for who it represented, it began to be profaned.
  • APPLICATION:  Now, if you’re saved here today, you represent Jesus Christ in the same way that temple was suppose to.  And in every area of your life that stops being Christ-like, that is the area that is profaned.
    • Christ-likeness in your affections – it starts there.
    • Christ-likeness in your will.  What if I told you Jesus Christ never wanted to die for you.  You’d say blasphemy!  That’s what He said, Let this cup pass from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.  Jesus Christ desired the joy set before Him as a result of the cross, but I can tell you, He didn’t want to die.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  If the Lord Jesus Christ was to come to visit you as His temple, what would he find?  Would it make Him angry?  With some of us I am sure He would have the same reaction with us as He did in the temple.
  • Youre usefulness depends on your holiness

Holiness is Beauty

  • 1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
  • Had Israel been obedient when the Lord Jesus Christ entered the temple the scene would’ve been dramatically different.
    • He would be immediately recognized as the Author and the one who was pictured in these ordinances.  Thereby revealing the great grace of God and the wonderful compassion of our loving Lord.
    • Holiness could take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.  A rock was no longer just a rock by a river bed, but taken up and place into the wall of the temple it became a sanctified part of the dwelling of God.
    • But the temple that last its purpose would in 70 AD be destroyed and sin would finish its work in ugliness, not beauty.
  • We can see the beauty of Holiness here as it is contrasted with the sin the Lord encounters in the temple.
    • Sin had taken the grace of God, His mercy, and a revelation of His character and turned it into a greedy, diseased, filthy, blind business of the masses.  Sin had taken something special and meaningful and precious and turned it into merchandise.
      • Like a drug would turn a mother into a harlot.
      • Like alcohol would turn a productive father into a gutter bum.
      • Sin is what turns souls into merchandise.  And it is an ugly decay.
    • You may think you’re playing with sin, but sin is not playing with you.
    • Sin is presented on a billboard by the world as the picture of fun and enjoyment.  God shows you what sin really is but pointing you to Jesus Christ on the cross.
    • You don’t negotiate with sin.  Jesus Christ drives out with a scourge the sin in the temple.  There is a great application there
  • Sow holiness and reap happiness.
  • When filled with holy truth, the mind rests.
  • Philippians 4:9-10 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things arepure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Holiness is Life

  • The old word for holy in the German language also meant healthy. You could not get any better definition of what holy really is than healthy—completely healthy.
  • Romans 1:3-4 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
  • Sin brings death.  Only sin.  Holiness only kills those things that seek to kill us.
  • Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.  The blind leaders have no clue what He’s talking about, but He is not saying it for their sakes.  He is saying it for His disciples sakes. – vs 2:22 – they remembered and believed.

Take Time to be Holy

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;

Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,

Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

 

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;

Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.

By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;

Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

 

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;

And run not before Him, whatever betide.

In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,

And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

 

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,

Each thought and each motive beneath His control.

Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,

Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.