What holiness Is and Isn’t by DeYoung from “The Hole in our Holiness”

DeYoung Holiness

What holiness is not:

  • It’s not mere rule-keeping. Holiness it not less than obeying commands but godliness is more than basic morality and niceness.
  • It’s not generational imitation. Regarding every generation, it takes wisdom to learn from the good and avoid the bad.
  • It’s not generic spirituality. True spirituality is found in being transformed by the Spirit of God.
  • It’s not finding your true self. To find yourself is to come to understand and know the God of the Bible
  • It’s not the way of the world. The world is opposed to God, so holiness is not aligning yourself with the ways of the world.

What holiness is:

  • It looks like the renewal of God’s image in us. Through the work of Jesus we’re being transformed into the image of the Creator.
  • It looks like a life marked by virtue instead of vice. Christian put off sin and put on Jesus.
  • It looks like a clean conscience. We must always be mindful of God’s voice speaking to us through a tender conscience informed by the Word of God.
  • It looks like obedience to God’s commands. Christians are redeemed so that we might obey God’s law.
  • It looks like Christlikeness. Since holiness looks like a Christian living out the character of God in their life than it would stand to reason we’ll be more like Jesus since Jesus is the image of the invisible God.

[1] Kevin DeYoung, The Holy In Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).

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