IN THE WORD

Holiness is required of all Christians. Our God is holy and calls for his people to be holy. This holiness refers to the righteousness of God which has been imparted to his people. Our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah. 64:6). Once a person has been baptized in Jesus name, his/her sins have been washed away; they are now able to present themselves a clean temple in which God can dwell. That person has been made a vessel that God can use.

  • Read I Peter 1:16. Why must we be holy?
  • According to Hebrews 12:14, what must we do in order to see the Lord some day?

To be "holy" is to be spiritually minded. God is concerned with eternal things, and so we ought to be concerned with the eternal.

  • How do we attain holiness? First we need the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the guide that leads us into spiritual mindedness. The words, actions and desires of the Holy Spirit filled Christian center on God and His church.
  • Sometimes, a Spirit filled Christian will lose touch with the spiritual mindedness. How does this occur?

Complete the following from Romans 8:5 "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the _____________; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the ________________". What word would best describe the opposite of holiness? _______________________

  • A persons affections will govern their lifestyle, whether of holiness, or of worldliness.

When a person becomes worldly, their affections get caught up in the ways of the world rather than the ways of God and His church. The fads and fashions of the world change, and the worldly person is continually running after them. You'll notice that they are continually changing to fit the "times". God does not change; neither does His view of sin. Therefore, all Christians of all ages will model themselves after an unchanging God. For God and His word are both transcultural and transgenerational. That is, they transcend all cultures and all generations. What was wrong to God six thousand years ago is wrong to God today. What God commanded was an abomination to Him in the Old Testament, is an abomination to him in the New Testament. The worldly affairs of the ages may have changed, but the principle of separation from the world remains: "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (II Cor. 6:17).
Why do you feel the Apostle Paul called for us to refrain from being "unequally yoked with unbelievers" in 2Cor.6:14"?

Complete the following from I John 2:15: "Love not the _______________ neither the _____________ that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him". Colossians 3:2 says we should set our "affection on things above, not on things of the earth."

Every Christian must battle worldliness. The world has nothing to grab hold of when your affections are set in the right place.

Read Matthew 13:22. What two things choked the word from the believer's heart, causing him to backslide?

  • ___________________________
  • ___________________________

Holiness is both inward and outward. Inward holiness comes through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Outward holiness is a reflection that the Spirit of God is present in that person. Outward holiness can be seen in:

  • speech
  • attitude
  • appearance
  • activity

The focus desired in this Bible study will be appearance.

Our appearance is very important in relating to the world who we are and what we stand for. It is what divides us (outwardly) from the rest of the world. People see outward holiness and immediately know that there is some degree of separation. They also understand (the majority of the time) that there is a degree of inward holiness involved. They see you and label you. A professing Christian adorned as the world is adorned cannot be different from the world.

Here are some other topics the Bible makes mention of:

  • Dress
  • Hair
  • Make-up
  • Jewelry

God's word had much to say about clothing, jewelry and make-up. Here's just a couple.

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1Timothy 2:9 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array"


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1Peter 3:3 "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel"


Dress and Jewelry


The outward appearance is a very important element of holiness. We must keep in mind that styles and customs have changed so much since the Bible times; however, the principles still apply to us today.

Modesty


Read Luke 8: 27. What was it that the demoniac of Gadera did to the clothes of the man possessed?

  • The devil wants you to be clothed as little as possible because God desires you to be modest.
  • Immodest apparel indicates a spirit of lust (a desire to flaunt the body and to attract the opposite sex by lust).
  • Immodesty is a strong enticement and temptation, especially for men (they are quickly aroused and more visually oriented).

God's plan is modesty


Ask yourself these questions when dealing with modesty:

1
How short are my sleeves?



2
How low is my neckline?



3
How short is my dress?



4
How tight are my clothes?



5
How thin are my clothes?



Shamefacedness means: reverence, self-restraint, modesty, and bashfulness.

Sobriety means: Discretion, temperance, and self-control.

These two together, are the complete opposite of vanity. God hates pride and therefore does not approve of anything that bolsters or boosts the ego of His master creation.

Distinction in the sexes


Read Deuteronomy 22:5. Is this Old Testament scripture applicable today? Deuteronomy 22:5 states that men's and women's clothing should be ____________________ and that men should not wear woman's clothing and woman should not wear men's clothing.

  • God called it an abomination (God does not change Malachi 3:6).
  • No abomination will enter New Jerusalem.
  • Is it appropriate for a man to wear a dress? For a woman to wear pants?
  • God's view of the distinctions covers all cultures.
  • Pants are a form of masculine apparel.
  • If the times have changed to permit woman to wear pants, then that fulfills Paul prophesy in II Tim. 3:13 that the times would wax worse. Are we to be a part of those times? We are to be modest after an unchanging God.
  • Women's pants are patterned after that of the man.
  • Women who wears pants decrease in their feminine behavior.
  • Pants are more immodest than dresses.
  • Compromises took its toll in WWII, when women had to take up factory work.

Jewelry


Read I Peter 3:3-4, What should be our adoring in place of gold, silver, and costly array?___________________________________________________________

  • The wearing of Jewelry is a form of vanity.
  • Paul said "don't do it"
  • Peter said "don't do it"
  • Adorn means to decorate, ornament, and beautify. Things the Christian should refrain from.
  • In Exodus 33:1-11, God was about to destroy the Israelites. They took off their jewelry as a sign of repentance.
  • The Lord called them a stiff-necked people and told them to take off their jewelry. Their vanity was pointless in the presence of God.
  • The vanity of ornaments is described in Isaiah. 3:16-26. God promised the proud Israelites that He would remove their Jewelry that they might be humbled.
  • We must show humility, modesty, and moderation.

Are we going to show modesty and humility in our outward appearance or will we show vanity?

Make-up


The wearing of make-up is the direct opposite of humility and is directly connected with vanity.

  • It contradicts Paul's teaching that woman adorn themselves with shamefacedness and sobriety.
  • Make-up is designed to attract the opposite sex.
  • It accentuates the sensuality of the woman.
  • The Old Testament associates it with seduction and prostitution.
  • Prov. 6:25 "Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids." In surrounding verses, she is described as an evil woman, a strange woman, a whorish woman, and an adulteress.
  • In II Kings 9, Jehu killed jezebel because she painted her face to seduce him.

God View of Make-up and Jewelry


TYPOLOGY

  • In Jeremiah 4:30, God likens a backslidden Israel to a woman with a painted face and ornaments.
  • In Ezekiel. 23:36-44, God compared two nations guilty of adultery with two women with painted eyes and ornaments.
  • Question: Why does God compare make-up and jewelry with adultery?
  • Answer: The woman is a "type" of the church (Eph. 5:21-32). God identifies His bride by those adorned in the Spirit (I Peter 3:3-4). When she adorns herself in make-up and jewelry and other elements of the world, He identifies her as an adulteress who left her bride to mingle in the affairs of the world. Who shall we have our relationship with?

Moses did not understand typology, yet he was expected to obey

  • God brought the Israelites out of Egypt (type of repentance). He also brought them through the pillar of cloud and through the Red Sea (type of Holy Spirit baptism and water baptism) [I Corinthians 10: 1-6]. As they sojourned in the wilderness, God had the people take off their jewelry (Exodus. 33).
  • God said "don't do it".

Hair


Read I Corinthians 11:2-16

The Bible has plenty to say about hair. The following are reasons why a woman should have uncut hair:

  • Uncut hair is a sign of submission to authority.
  • The angels are watching to see if she has the mark.
  • Hair is her covering and if she cuts it, it is the same as shaving her head, which is a shame.
  • Long hair is her glory.
  • She is a type of the church and her uncut hair is a type of the church's submission to Christ.
  • A distinction of the sexes.
  • Likewise, men are to have short hair

Many refute this passage by saying that the times are different and the cultures are not the same.

  • Paul said "Keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you"
  • Typology: We are likened to Christ and the church; therefore, we know that there are eternal aspects, not just cultural.
  • Uncut hair was always a mark of separation in the O.T. Heathen nations cut their hair.
  • If you dismiss this portion of scripture, you must dismiss the rest of the chapter "The Lord's Supper", because Paul was teaching about submission (necessary for the Lord's Supper).

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