Living the Christian Life series part 1. 

Unit 4c  





The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God's Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

We are now going to consider: the principles and precepts that come from the nature and character of God. They constitute the doctrine of the church.  Every true doctrine is in harmony with God's attributes and so carry responsibilities to which we must answer to God. 

The knowledge and application of these will enable you to make choices and decisions in the known will of God, keeping you in the place of His blessing. They reflect His nature and character bringing you in His image and likeness, revealing Him to the world around you.   


Our study and meditation will be in each of the following areas.   

Principles: what we are to do. 

The laws or rules for establishing the source of action expected by God.  They will be in harmony with God's attributes as they are derived from them, unless they are the principles of sin which are derived from Satan.   

how to carry out the principle

The method of operation or way we demonstrate or hold to the principle involved in our position or action we take. These come out of the action of God in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.    


Our Responsibilities: our Duties to God and man.  

Our obligation to respond to God and others by His standards and values and not ours or the world's.



We will look at each of the following areas as they apply....

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God's character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.


To God  (personally)


To Others (neighbors)


At Home (family)


In the Local Church  (God's local family)


To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family)

To or in Government (collectively or individually)   



The PRINCIPLE of Holiness is found in God as one of His attributes.  It is part of His nature and character and closely associated with His righteousness and the cause of His glory.        

"Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?  Exo. 15_11 

Holiness is absolute purity, undefiled, free from all evil motives or actions. Absolute moral perfection.  His holiness is a consuming fire to all ungodliness- bringing fear to the ungodly. 

"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace,  whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."   Ex. 15:11


The PRECEPT of Holiness is sanctification. (set apart to God and His standards)  

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it."  1 Thes. 5:23-24

             Sanctification is a call to us to have His divine nature.  

"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."  2 Pet.1:3-4


     Sanctification is an on going process by God in the life of the saved, having three tenses, past, present and future.

            1. Past: it starts at salvation.       

"Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints , with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:" 1 Cor. 1:2

             Consider: Isa. 53:11; 1 Cor.1:30;  2 Cor. 5:17,21.= our standing before God     


     2. Present: by the work of Spirit through the Word, conforming  us to His image, we are being sanctified.  

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." Rom. 15:16 

    Consider: Rom. 8:29-30;  Rom. 15:16   Heb.12:5-14;  John 17:17-19;  1 Cor. 6:11,  2 Pet. 1:3-4   


 3. Future: completed work of sanctification results in our being as He is.                        

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. " 1 Cor. 15:51-54

             Consider: 1 John 3:2; Phil. 3:12-14.


The RESPONSIBILITY of Holiness is an opportunity to show our love to God for who and what He is. 

       TO GOD:  personally is to be conformed to His image and to separate from evil and the ungodly world's standards and values to those of God.   

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith theLord Almighty.  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."  2 Cor. 6:14-7:1                      

                    Consider: Eph. 5:1-18,  Phil. 3:12-15, Gal. 5:16-26, 1 John 1:5-2:6 


  TO  OTHERS: is our opportunity to reveal Christ in the world.   

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation."   1 Pet. 2:11-12 

    Consider: 2 Cor. 3:2, 4:1-4; Phil. 2:15; 2 Pet. 3:9-14 


  IN THE HOME:  our opportunity to make Christ known to our family.  

"And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." Deut. 6:5-9 

              Consider: 2 Cor. 6:14-18;  Eph. 5:25-28 


IN THE CHURCH: the local church and to all in the extended family of God.   

"I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts."  Psalm 119:63                  

                Consider: 2 Cor. 6:14-18;  Eph; 5:11;  1 John 1:7  


Holiness Demands church discipline. 1 Cor. 5:1-13. 

Holiness Demands church restoration. 2 Cor. 2:4-11. 

This is the heart of God toward man especially those in His family. 

             Consider  Luke Chapt 15:11-32;   Rom. 15:1- 4;  Gal. 6:1- 3;  2 Thes. 3:15


IN GOVERNMENT:   When it has God's moral laws. 

"It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness."  Prov. 16_12 

               Consider: 2 Chron. 7:14; Prov. 1:20-23, 24-33



Self test: on the Principle of God's Holiness.

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing..


Things to Consider: 

Q1. On the Principle of Holiness.

        Is it possible for sinful mankind to be Holy? 

Q2. On the Precept of Holiness.

         (a) What process is required for one to become holy? 

        (b) What part do you have in the process? 

        (c) What price must one pay to attain holiness?

        Consider: Heb. 12:6‑14   

Q3. On the Responsibilities of Holiness.

         In what area of life does God want you to be holy?
Answer this question in the light of the following passages. . . .
Rom. 6:13‑22, 12:1;  2 Cor. 10:5; 1 Pet. 1:15; 1 Tim. 4:8.

Q4. What do you believe to be the greatest motive for seeking a holy life? 

Q5. What have you found in this study that can be of help to you in applying the principle of holiness in your life? 

Q6.  What do you believe would be the greatest deterrent to a holy life? 

You are now ready to start  Applying Unit 4d The Principle of Righteousness   

 May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  “ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith


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