09 How to Obtain Godliness
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In our last study we considered how to rise to the height of lowliness and we learnt a very valuable lesson that a negative feeling and feeling bad about ourselves because of our gross sins which have been revealed to us by the law, puts us in a position where grace can abound.
We come to a realisation that sin abounds in our life as the law has made the offence abound and has told us what is right and wrong. Many of us have experienced it when God reveals to us how sinful we are. It feels like we are in the shadow of death. It feels like, “What’s the point of life? If I am this bad and everything in this world is vain, what is the purpose?” We come to a point of death and that is the purpose of the law.
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
2:6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:
Verse 5 shows us that when we are in this death experience He can quicken us and make us alive again with whom? With Christ Jesus because where was He? In that same low experience. As Jesus was raised from Gethsemane and from the cross experience into a new life, so we who have come to realise our sinful condition, we have come into the valley of humiliation and there we can be lifted up into what place? Heavenly places. What a prospect to be able to be lifted up into heavenly places. This salvation comes by what? By grace are you saved, the grace of God.
The Grace of God
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
This grace that is going to rise us up into heavenly places isn’t just imagination because the pride of man is just imagination. It is how good I think I am but that thinking is a lie. Because it is a lie, Gods truth; thy law is the truth, will come to us and truth is just the opposite to a lie and will show the facts and make manifest our condition.
Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
This law shines in our hearts. It shows all the cockroaches and all the scum that is in our lives. We now have the opportunity by this grace that will teach us to deny ungodliness and teach us that we should live godly. Where is God? In heaven. What place are we to be? In heavenly places.
Are ungodly people going to be in heaven? No. this is the consideration, godliness. What is godliness; holiness. Peter speaks of godliness when he speaks of the attributes to add to each other. Add to your godliness, brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity but Paul speaks of it in the fruits of the spirit and he calls it a different word. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness.
Is goodness and godliness the same thing? If we read Genesis we will see that this goodness and godliness are the one of the same just like kindness and gentleness are the same. In these lists of characteristics Peter speaks of them and calls them a slightly different word. Paul speaks of them in Galatians and says them slightly different and also in Corinthians. He says the same characteristic but in a different word.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness
Who was man going to be like? He is going to be like God.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good.
If you study the other days it says behold it was good but on the day He created man He said it was very good. Why was it very good? Because it was after His own image. Isn’t God good? Indeed He is and so godliness, god-likeness is what man was endowed with. God beheld it and looked at it and said it is very good. Grace is teaching us that we should live in this present age godly and deny ungodliness. Anything that isn’t like God we shouldn’t do. If it is contrary to God, we shouldn’t do it. If it is after His likeness and pleasing we can do it.
How to Be Good and Godly
Have you ever tried to be godly? Was Jesus good? Was Jesus godly? How do we know? When His disciples said, “Show us the Father” he said, “I have been with you so long and you don’t know the Father?” If you have seen me, you have seen who? The Father. Why? If you saw Jesus, why would you say you have seen God? Because they were the same. They were alike. They were in the same image. As you beheld the only begotten, you beheld the express image of Gods person. You saw who God was. He was godly, He was godlike. Therefore He was good, the good shepherd. Can you be good? Can you be godly? This question is answered in Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? [then] may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Why can’t the leopard change his spots? Where did he get his spots from? God created the leopard with spots but the leopard that walks today, that particular animal has its spots today. Where did he get its spots from? His parents. Where did the Ethiopian get his skin from? His parents. The birth of a child is a reproduction of that which it came from. You have two different people and it reproduces into something that resembles both.
If I had asked you the question, how do you become like your parents; what is the answer? Do you have to think about it? Does a leopard have to think about his spots? Did he have a choice? He got them. The child looks like their father or their mother. Not just in appearance but in characteristic. Have you ever come to the realisation that you are becoming like your mother or father? It just happens, you become like them because your DNA tells you that you will become like them. If no one gets in there and changes you, you will naturally become like your parents. You can’t help it. It is impossible for the leopard to change his spots because it is impossible that he would have anything but spots. He has to have spots, it’s law.
To Be Like God
It is impossible to be good in the state we are in just as it is impossible for an animal to change.
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:
1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Full of Godliness and Truth
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].
Can you use the principle that if you have behold Jesus Christ you behold the father. Why; because Jesus was the Fathers Son. As you saw the Son, so you see the Father. The scripture is giving us a promise that as many have received this Son Jesus Christ, we have power to become the Sons of God. Do you look like God? If you are His Son or daughter, wouldn’t you look like God? Does a child know that they look like their parents when they are born? Do you remember being born thinking I look like my dad? We don’t know what we look like. We are born and whatever features we have, we don’t complain about. We just get into growing and crying and doing what a child does. If we think I don’t look like God, I mustn’t be His son, it is not for us to look at ourselves or assess who we look like as we are infants that can’t do it.
If we receive Jesus Christ and everything He stands for, we have the power to become the sons of God. Whose will was it? Was it our will? Was it the will of the flesh? Do you really want to seek after God? The Bible says none want to seek after God. Who’s will is it that we are born? It is the will of the Father. Does a child have a choice whether the parents decide to have a child? A child doesn’t have a choice and so God has a will and that will is that everybody can be saved. There is the power there. Will you receive Him and receive this power and grow?
How to be godly
We must be born again. Whether we look godly in our eyes is not for us to see. And if we look godly and say we are without sin we have deceived ourselves.
Matthew 18 gives us some other ways whether you are a son of God, not looking at yourself to see your image but there are other ways you can find out if you are child of God. The angels are also the children of God.
Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
What do these angels do? They always look where; to the Father’s face. Isn’t that a characteristic of a child? They will always look around for the parent just to check, just to look. Do you look to God regularly? When you have a question in your mind and at the crossroads in your life, do you look to the face of God? Do you think of God and say wow, my parent, what are they going to direct me to do? That is the characteristic of a child.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
And because you are sons you have this spirit that will cry with the spirit that was in Jesus Christ. It is recorded that Jesus Christ cried Abba Father? Where? Wasn’t it in Gethsemane, the gospel of Mark crying Abba Father? Jesus Christ is the first born, the oldest brother and what He did as a child, is what we will do as a child if we are of the same parents because you are becoming like your Father. If they killed Jesus, they will kill us but they can’t kill our soul. This is the prayer of David one of the children of God.
Psalms 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
That is the prayer of a child. Daddy show me how to do it, how do you do it? Can you show me?
Psalms 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Shall a mother forget her suckling child? Yea they shall but God will not forget you. God will never forget any of His children and although we need to cry about it, it doesn’t mean He is not there. He is exercising us and creating a deeper desire so we don’t fall asleep as well. May God help us as we seek to be godly. How to do it? Be born again. How do you become born again? Ask and cry for it. Receive Jesus Christ and you have the power to become it.
There are no tricks that man doesn’t know that is outside of the word. Inside of the word is how to do it. It is as simple as asking and crying and knocking and you will have love. You can’t change your own spots, you need to die and be born again. You can’t add one statute to your height. You can’t grow without Gods spirit.
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