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Holiness #2 — Instrumental Holiness

If anyone cleanses himself from wickedness, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 Cleanliness is a means of holiness. In the operating suite, the surgical staff sterilizes all the equipment; they make it holy. Unsterilized equipment is not useful to the surgeon, … Continue reading

Holiness #1 — Holy Possibilities

When biblical authors label someone or something as “holy,” they are giving us a clue to the high level of value associated with that person or object. So we see, for example, holy men, holy husbands, holy people, holy prophets; and holy land, holy garments, holy water, and holy temple. God is called “the Holy … Continue reading

Goodness #6 — Good Discipline

It is for discipline that we endure; God deals with us as with children; what child is there whom a father does not discipline? … They disciplined us for the day, as seemed best to them, but God does so for our good, that we may receive a share of his holiness. Hebrews 12:7-10 Surgical … Continue reading

Goodness #4b — Good Connections

In the midst of this series on goodness I thought it might be helpful to show the connections between God’s goodness and other qualities we associate with him. The following two paragraphs, from some correspondence with a friend, provide a look at the way I construe these relationships: You asked if “explaining God’s holiness as his burning … Continue reading

Benefit #5 — Holiness

If anyone cleanses himself from wickedness, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 We call the Bible holy not just because it is about God or because it is different from all other books. We call it holy because it is so … Continue reading

Quiet Profit

What profit is the carved image when its maker has carved it? … Woe to him who says to the wood, “Awake!” … But the Eternal is in his holy temple; hush before him all the earth. Habakkuk 2:20 Physics frustrates god-makers. We can’t get more energy out of a device than we put into … Continue reading