Blog Posts on Pursuit of Holiness

Fighting to Be Who You Are

Jonathan Parnell

When we believe in Jesus it's not just "well I'm still a dead sinner who just loves Jesus now." No, actually, I've been reborn. I'm a brand-new creature. Yes, I'm still a sinner, but I'm a redeemed sinner. I'm also a saint. I'm also part of the priesthood of believers... I'm not a slave to my sin anymore. That's not who I am.

In this three-minute video Trip Lee talks…

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Some Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness

John Piper

When Paul says to put to death the deeds of the body “by the Spirit” (Romans 8:13), I take him to mean that we should use the one weapon in the Spirit’s armor that is used to kill. Namely, the sword. Which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

So when the body is about to be led into a sinful action by some fear or craving, we are to…

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When Grace Goes Violent

David Mathis

Matt Chandler:

Grace-driven effort is violent. It is aggressive. The person who understands the gospel understands that, as a new creation, his spiritual nature is in opposition to sin now, and he seeks not just to weaken sin in his life but to outright destroy it. Out of love for Jesus, he wants sin starved to death, and he will hunt and pursue the death of every sin in his…

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Live and Love Without Wax

Jon Bloom

According to folk history, the…

…English word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). In the ancient world, dishonest merchants would use wax to hide defects, such as cracks, in their pottery so that they could sell their merchandise at a higher price. More reputable merchants would hang a sign over their pottery — sine cera (without wax) — to inform customers that their merchandise…

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Pastors, Lead Your People in Personal Holiness

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John in 1984:

Now let's see what we can learn from this text about the way a pastor should preach in order to help his people make progress in practical holiness. I'll only mention four things briefly. These are not the only way to preach practical holiness. Nor must every sermon include them all. But in your overall ministry of the word I believe these should have a large…

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The More You Love, the More You Hate

Jonathan Parnell

John Murray:

If there is still sin to any degree in one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, then there is tension, yes, contradiction, within the heart of that person.

Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Saviour, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God.

The deeper his apprehension of the…

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Kevin DeYoung and John Piper Discuss the Pursuit of Holiness (Part 2)

Jonathan Parnell

How does personal holiness relate to the assurance of salvation? How does godliness happen? What are the dynamics of our effort?

These are the issues considered in the second part of the discussion between John Piper and Kevin DeYoung:

Check out Part 1 and stream or download this interview (Part 2).

Some related resources:

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Kevin DeYoung and John Piper Discuss the Pursuit of Holiness (Part 1)

Jonathan Parnell

(See Part 2 of the interview)

John Piper and Kevin DeYoung recently sat down to discuss how faith in the gospel applies to personal holiness:

This two-part conversation anticipates Kevin's forthcoming book, The Hole in Our Holiness, and is related to a latest Theology Refresh with Pastor John on the subject of the gospel and sanctification.

Stream or download the interview.

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What Is Repentance?

Josh Etter

Charles Spurgeon writes:

Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.

J. I. Packer writes:

Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin
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People Do Not Drift Toward Holiness

Josh Etter

Hard work is not the opposite of grace, it is the result of experiencing grace.

D. A. Carson explains:

People do not drift toward Holiness.

Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.

We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We…

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