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Holiness Paperback – January 1, 1994
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Dr Joel R. Beeke gained his Ph.D. at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, [and the] pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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The author informs us that the word holy is used nine hundred times in the Bible.Surely,this underscores its significance.Many including Mr.Beeke) have defined holy as being set apart.There is a negative aspect of being set apart((to be separate from sin)and a positive aspect(to be set apart for God).The longer I am a believer, the more amazed I become,by those who think that holiness is optional for the believer.Many,if not all,who hold to a non-Lordship view of salvation would contend for this.It seems clear from so many passages in Scripture(...be ye Holy for I am Holy...,...follow peace with all men,and holiness,without which no man shall see the Lord)and the overall witness of Scripture, stare you in the face in this matter.Pastor Beeke succinctly states it thus "holiness is a whole life commitment to be set apart to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.Holiness is not a list,but a lifestyle.Holiness means to live Godward."
The author gives ten reasons why holiness should be earnestly sought in our daily lives.Here are several of them:1.It gives evidence of your justification and election.-He then gives us this comment from John Calvin: "that election should discourage none,for the believer receives comfort from it,and the unbeliever is not called to consider it;rather,he is called to repentance."-A fuller understanding of the Lord's ways generally comes over time,the longer one is walking with the Lord and the more of God's Word that is known(in addition further light comes through submission to God's revealed will).2.Holiness affects your assurance-If you are walking in the light God has given you and are seeking to have a clear conscience before God and man, and keep short accounts with the Lord when you do fall short,then assurance will not likely be an issue for you.3.Holiness affects your usefulness-the more holy you are (the more you will be 'a vessel which is fit for the Master's use')and the more fruit that will be borne for His glory.
Joel R.Beeke's booklet on 'Holiness' is ideal for evangelistic purposes and also very helpful to stir the Lord's people to desire and pursue that which will please,honor and advance the interests of our great God and Savior.