Profiles in Faith 3

Profiles in Faith

John Wesley-3

July 5, 2020

Hebrews 12:14 KJV  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

World English Bible  Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord.

The Voice  Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, since no one will see God without it.

The work of Salvation is so beautiful as God through His Son, Jesus Christ, cleanses and begins a work to restore the Image of God lost in the Fall.  Salvation aids our understanding of God as a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:24 “The Eternal your God burns with jealousy when you’re not completely loyal to Him.”, Romans 1:23 “only a fool would trade the splendor and beauty of the immortal God to worship images of the common man or woman, bird or reptile or the next beast the tromps along.”)  Just as earthy parents desire the best for their children, so God our Creator desires to restore His Image lost in Creation. Yet Salvation begins with the forgiveness of sins or an inner work on the soul.  Man attempts to cover the shame of sin by outward works, some of these works may be moral and just, yet this is a righteousness by law not by faith.

If you read a biography of John Wesley, you discover a man driven to live a holy and exemplary life for God prior to his Aldersgate experience.  What happens to a person driven by spiritual disciplines without a salvation experience?  A sense of failure, guilt, shame, and a desperation can drive a person towards a hardened heart.  Wesley’s heart was broken over the Georgia missions experience and led to depression.  Please notice God placed folks (Moravians) in his path with a deep relationship with God to provide guidance towards real salvation.  In our Scriptures today two words stand out for study, these are holiness and sanctification.  Wesley’s Aldersgate experience worked the biblical terms deep into his heart, remember his words, “an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”  Next week we must examine these two important terms.  The Pentecostal Holiness Church was birthed upon these works.  Let us regain our early teachings to understand , who we are and our mission in this world.  Blessings!  Pastor Stan