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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8272 holiness, believers’growth in
8272 holiness, believers’growth in

8272 holiness, believers’growth in

Believers are enabled to grow in holiness on account of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, foreshadowed by the OT sacrificial system, and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

Holiness begins with God’s initiative

God chooses who and what is to be holy 2Ch 7:16 pp 1Ki 9:3 See also Ex 20:11; Nu 16:7; 2Ch 29:11; Zec 2:12

God chooses and calls his people to holiness Dt 7:6; Eph 1:4 See also Dt 14:2; Ro 1:7; Col 3:12; 1Pe 1:2,15

Holiness is conferred by the holy God

Holiness is conferred by the presence of God Ex 29:42-43 See also Ex 3:4-5; Ex 19:23; 2Ch 7:1-2

Holiness is conferred through covenant relationship with God Ex 19:5-6 See also Dt 28:9; Eze 37:26-28; 1Pe 2:9

Holiness is conferred by the sovereign action of God 1Th 5:23 See also Lev 20:8; Isa 4:3-4; Eze 36:25; Zep 1:7; Ac 15:9; Heb 2:11

Holiness through the OT rituals

Cleansing from what is unclean Nu 8:6-7 See also Ex 19:14; Nu 19:9; Ne 12:30

Purification and atonement through sacrifice Nu 8:12-14 The OT sacrificial system and holiness laws foreshadow the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ that enables believers to grow in holiness through faith. See also Ex 29:35-37; Lev 8:14-15; Lev 16:5-10,15-22,29-30

Consecration by anointing Lev 8:10-12 See also Ex 29:21; Ex 40:9

Holiness through Jesus Christ

Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ Heb 10:10 See also Eph 5:25-27; Col 1:22; Heb 1:3; Heb 9:13-14,23-28; Heb 10:14,19-22; Heb 13:12; 1Jn 1:7; 1Jn 2:2; 1Jn 4:10

Through relationship with Jesus Christ 1Co 1:2 See also 1Co 1:30

Holiness through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit

2Th 2:13 See also Jn 3:5-8; Ro 15:16; 1Co 6:11; 1Th 4:7-8; Tit 3:5; 1Pe 1:2

The human response to holiness

Repentance 1Jn 1:9 See also Ezr 9:1-7; Ezr 10:1-4; Ps 51:1-10; Ac 2:38; Ro 6:11-13; Jas 4:8

Faith Gal 5:5 See also Ro 1:17-18; 2Th 2:13

Obedience 1Pe 1:22 See also Ps 119:9; Jn 17:17; Ro 6:16-19

See also

2030Christ, holiness
3233Holy Spirit & sanctification
3278Holy Spirit, indwelling
6606access to God
8347spiritual growth

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