God Alone Can Make You Holy        

Jude 24


     Holiness is more than a moral reformation, purity of life, or even uprightness of heart. Holiness is nothing less than the complete restoration of manhood to the image and likeness of God. Holiness is the complete, not partial but complete, conformity of man to the image of God in Christ. This holiness is not something you can produce. It is something God gives. Not even faith in Christ produces holiness. Faith seeks, receives, embraces, and loves holiness. But it cannot produce holiness. Holiness is the work of God alone.

     The whole purpose of God in the scheme of redemption and grace is to make his people perfectly holy for the glory of his own great name. Salvation is neither more nor less than God taking that which is common and unclean and making it perfectly holy (Eph. 1:3-6; 5:25-27). God makes sinners holy by three distinct works of grace.

1. JUSTIFICATION - All God's elect have been made holy positionally,holy before the law, by free justification. The righteousness of Christ has been imputed to all those for whom the Son of God lived and died.Just as our sin was imputed to Christ,so that he was made to be sin, though he never committed any sin,even so his righteous- ness has been imputed to us, so that we are made the righteousness of God in him, though we are incapable of doing that which is righteous (Rom. 5:19; II Cor. 5:21).

2. SANCTIFICATION - In the new birth,regeneration, God's elect are given a new, holy nature. By the imparting of Christ's nature to us,the Holy Spirit sets us apart from the rest of Adam's fallen race. And we are sanctified (II Pet. 1:4). Our old nature of flesh does not become less sinful or more holy. The old nature is not changed at all. God has put a new nature, a new heart, a new spirit, a new will within us. And that new man, being born of God, is holy and cannot sin (I John 3:9).

3. GLORIFICATION - When the Lord Jesus Christ comes the second time, all who were chosen to be holy, justified, and sanctified by the grace of God, shall be raised up from the grave and glorified. We shall, at last, be perfectly conformed to the image of Christ, body, soul, and spirit. Our glorified nature shall be just like his glorified nature, HOLY! (Read I Cor. 15:51-58; I John 3:1-2; Rom. 8:29). Then God's purpose in predestination shall be fully accomplished.


Don Fortner