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Psalm 50:1-6 (KJV)
The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. 3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
You know people don't like to judge or criticized for the things they do or have done. But every day we are judged by what we say and what we do. With the recent comments and other statements made by the highest office in the land, there is turmoil and unrest among the people, and we see that people are still being judged by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. But 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV) says, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. You will not be judged by your skin color or what nation you from but by the deeds you have done. Be assured there is a God who sits high and looks low. A God who is in charge and on the throne and in the day of Judgment all men will answer for their deeds done whether good or bad, all must stand before the judgment seat of God. This psalm serves as a warning to all of God’s people: we need to prepare for the day when we will stand before the Lord. Get ready to meet a soon coming King!
Matthew 12:36-37 (KJV) Jesus said, "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Words uttered from the lips tell us what is sown in the heart, and words determine a man's destiny. The lips can only speak from the overflow of the heart. Our words will either justify or condemn us when we stand before the judgment seat of God. There is not a man or woman born into the world that had a choice of where they were they were brought into the world. But listen, and I'll leave it alone, love thy neighbor as thyself, there is only one race the human race!
Historically, This Psalm written by Asaph, a musician was addressed to the Hebrew people. It was a summons by God to the people to the courtroom to be judged for their heartless worship and hypocritical lives. See God wants true worship. However, this psalm serves as a warning to all of God’s people: we need to prepare for the day when we will stand before the Lord, the Behema of God and be judged for the deeds we have done. This Psalmist tells us that that time is approaching. There is none that can escape it, unsettling it maybe be but God has spoken. And His word is forever settled in heaven. The Holy Spirit used Asaph to remind us that God is observing everything we do, and one day we have to answer to Him, the Supreme Judge of the universe.
Scripture says, Psalm 50:1 (KJV) The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
God has spoken. God word does not change, the times may, but His word stays the same. Not one Jot or tittle shall fail!
Asaph says, the Mighty God is coming (El-Elohim) double emphasis is put on God's power, He is the all-powerful God. He is the God of god's. He sits upon the circle of the earth, carved out the mountains with His hands, separated the waters and gave them boundaries; the earth is His footstool, and He breathed the breath of life into a lump of clay. He rides upon the wind, flung the stars into the dark curtain of midnight, created all things, and without Him, nothing was made that was made, He can speak, and a man dies speak and man live, almighty God! Then Asaph says LORD, Yahweh, Jehovah, His name that He reveals Himself, the covenant God. Asaph gives the people a personal warning that our LORD is coming to judge the world and each of us must stand in His presence. The day is coming when He shall call all creation from every corner of the world, those on the earth living to stand before a holy God. He shall open the lamb book of Life to see whose name is written, and he shall open the record of our life. When you stand before the judge, you always prepare your case.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Zion the City of God, that Holy city, City of David where God resides, place of Peace, joy, holiness, all comfort, is filled with the divine presence of God. In the Bible, Zion is both the city of David and the city of God. In the New Testament, Zion refers to God’s spiritual kingdom. (Hebrews 12:22) Paul says, We have not come to Mount Sinai, says the apostle, but “to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” Peter, quoting Isaiah 28:16, refers to Christ as the Cornerstone of Zion: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6). God will come and call all believers to that Holy City, where there is joy forever more, no sickness, pain or death. Where Job said the wicked will cease from troubling and the weary will be at rest.
But look at how the Lord is coming back? Psalm 50:3 (KJV)
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall come like a "burning fire," consuming the chaff from the threshing floor. He shall purge the land. Luke 3:17 (KJV) 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. Coming with fire that cannot be put out, snuffed out.
5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
Christians make a covenant with God through the sacrifice not through goats or doves but by the Jesus our crossover lamb. Now look this message is for the saints, the unbelievers will be called for Judgement before the great white throne, (Rev. 20) but God's children will be judged for reward. All those that have received Him as Lord, had their sins covered by the blood, walking in the truth of God, have presented their body a living sacrifice He's coming back for you! Jesus is that sacrifice that makes us acceptable to God, the lamb of God, our kinsman redeemer, no man cometh to Father but by Him. Jesus was the sacrifice of the new covenant. Those that are laying aside every weight, getting their house in order, doing the will of the Father He's coming for you! They will be becoming from the north, south, east and west. God will call His children that wait for His appearing. Those that are steadfast, unmovable and waiting on the Lord shall have a new home over in Zion. Mark 13:27 (NIV) Tells us, "And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. His elect called by God, chosen by God, sanctified to His purpose and justified by His blood.
Matthew 16:27 (NIV)
27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
The Bible says, Matthew 25:31-32 (NIV)
31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
1 Peter 1:13-17 (KJV)
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Living Holy In Unholy Times
For one to talk about Holiness, the first thing is to discuss what Holiness is. Holiness is one of the central themes of biblical teaching. It is a theme that runs through the entire Bible. Our Bible is called the Holy Bible; the scriptures are the Holy Scriptures, we serve a Holy God the Bible says, whose name is Holy. In God's word we read of a Holy nation, holy water, holy place, holy tithe, holy bread, holy sabbath, holy convocation and the list could go on. We are called to live Holy and to be Holy for He is Holy. The call to live holy is a command, not a suggestion; a man was created holy to walk before God in righteousness. But how can one live Holy and be Holy when there is not a clear understanding of what Holiness is. Society glamorizes sin, humanity appears absent of moral standards and has gone about to establish his righteousness in the world. The times may change, but God word never does. I believe that the subject of holiness is of grave importance. That word Holy (Hagios) means to be righteous, pure, sinless, living godly, to be perfect, complete and separated. Translated from the Greek word hagios, come the words, Holy— Saint— Sanctification. Now, God says be ye holy for I AM Holy! God never calls us to do something that He does not give us the grace and power to accomplish. He calls us to be ye Holy!
So, today if we can we want to get a better understanding of what Holiness is and why we are called to live a holy life and is it possible.
First of all, God is Holy.
Secondly, we are called to live Holy.
Thirdly we are commanded by God and scripture to be Holy.
In the Old Testament and the New, without equivocation, we are called to be Holy! Morally, it means pure, sinless, and righteous. It also has the understanding to be set apart, separated, different from all other persons or things. Something that God has set aside for Himself.
Let's talk about the Holiness of God
God is Holy, His name is Holy, and we are taught by Jesus to reverence Him as Holy when we pray. Jesus taught the disciples to pray, "Our Father which art in heaven hallowed is thy name." That word hollowed means, Holy, Holy is His name, and when we approach the throne of grace, we recognize He is the mighty God, His absoluteness, His Majesty, His transcendence. He is separate from His creation, above all, sometimes called the Holy other, because there is none like Him! He is pure, righteous, sovereign, three times Holy. Holy to the third degree. None can look upon His face; even the angelic beings must cover their faces before the almighty God. When Moses saw the burning bush and turned aside to see what it was, God told him to take off your shoes the ground you stand on is Holy ground. Moses, the friend of God, desired to see God's glory but God hid him in a cleft of the rock so he could see His backside. None can look upon God and live. In chapter 6 of the book of Isaiah, King Uzziah has died an Isaiah is in the temple; He saw God sitting on the throne, high and lifted up, His train filling the temple. Isaiah 6:2-3 (KJV) 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain, he covered his face, and with twain, he covered his feet, and with twain, he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. The song is called the Trisagion. Purified in Heaven only then will we be able to look upon the face of our Holy God and we shall be able to sing that song, Holy, Holy, Holy!
The Vessels of the temple were Holy! They were sanctified and consecrated for use in the temple. They were taken from a common everyday use and used for uncommon purposes. They were ordinary consecrated vessels, set aside, made holy by God to be used in His service. The vessels were sanctified Holy, special by God. Only God can make Holy; only He can consecrate, only the Lord can sanctify because only He is Holy! The Mountain where God met Moses, Horeb, was holy. The people could not come near mountain nor touch it least they die. It was made Holy by the presence of a holy God. The church is holy because God is in it. Remember Belshazzar took the vessels of the temple and drank wine from them and He saw the writing on the wall. The vessels were Holy. God's people are holy unto the Lord.
The Nation Israel was called a holy nation, because the Lord separated them, called them to be His people and He would be their God. They were to be special and called to separate themselves from the world and be ye Holy! God has called you and Me to live a holy life, set apart, consecrated, sanctified declaring His mighty works.
A life of Holiness is not a perfect life, but it is a life dedicated and devoted to serving Jesus Christ. Saints in the Bible were not called saints because they were so perfect. They were called saints because they were set apart to do the will of the Father and work toward spiritual purity.
2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV) says, Having, therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in fear of God. In reverence, in humility, weakness, we are to depend on the holy spirit to continue working on us and in us to live a holy blameless life.
We can boldly come to the throne of grace but we must know that we stand before a holy God, we are as nothing in His sight, and the best of our deeds are as filthy rags. I must remember I am a man of unclean lips and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.
The church is called a holy nation and a royal or holy priesthood, people made up of genuine believers from all nationalities and languages and races (1 Peter 2:5, 9).
The church is people who set themselves apart unto God as holy and separated and different.
The church is now the dwelling place of God's presence. We have ben chosen, separated filled with the Holy Spirit to live glorifying God. Holy and blameless in His sight,
Living Holy is seeking the Mind of Christ, endeavoring to live free of sin, striving to live like the Lord Jesus, and walking in the fruit of the spirit.
Hebrews 12:14 (KJV)
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: I want to be like Jesus, so humble and lowly, so meek and holy it's my desire, to be like Him!
Living Holy In An Unholy World 09.17.2017