Mr. Richmond Arhin, the Unity Hall Overseer was the minister for the day. 18th September, 2016 is the date—the first Sunday Service for Freshers. It was also the service for the unveiling of the theme (“PERFECTING HOLINESS” 2 Corinthians 7:1) for the academic and spiritual year. This glorious service saw 1363 gentlemen and 1081 precious pearls in attendance.
As part of “exposing” the church to the theme, the man of God mentioned that Holiness is tantamount to sanctification or purification. Therefore, “PERFECTING HOLINESS” connotes that one is maturing or growing in Holiness. It means growing one’s sanctity or purity into maturity.
His sermon was an extract from 2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Peter 1:13-16 and Hebrews 12:14
He explained the importance of us to perfect holiness with three important points:
- Unlike in the days of the Old Testament, God wants to live in us the form of the Holy Spirit
- Contrary to how God served as a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire in the Old Testament, He wants to walk among us.
- He wants to be our God and we will be His people
He then posed a question that sent the gathering into deep thoughts: What is the difference between holiness and righteousness? He remarked that most people use these words interchangeably which should not be so. To clear the doubt, he elaborated that “Righteousness” is the nature of Christ impacted into an individual when he/she accepts Christ as His Lord and personal savior. “Holiness,” on the other hand, is the outward appearance of this unto other people.
Mr. Arhin went on to give varying accounts in the Bible that prove that God hates sin very intensely. For instance, due to sin, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for over 40 years before getting to Canaan.
Having explained this, he acknowledged that the sinful nature was imputed into us by Adam and made the church recognize that God understands that. It is due to the sinful nature that Paul said in Romans 7:15 (NIV), “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do”.
However, a solution was provided for this. This is why Paul explained at Romans 8 that there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. In verse 2, Paul said, “For the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”. This follows that with the help of the Spirit of God, we can attain freedom from sin and thus Holiness.
At the latter part of the sermon, the man of God went on to reveal the role God played to make us Holy, the role we must play and lastly, what we gain when we perfect holiness.
What God did to make us Holy
- He infused the Church with the Holy Spirit.
- He gave each and every one of us a willing heart to seek and obey Him.
How we can be Holy
- We must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
- We must renew our minds daily (That is, we must fill our minds with the things of God. We must watch what we feed our eyes with and listen to, because they have influence on us.)
- We need to fellowship. (As the saying goes, “Iron sharpens iron”. That is, we must relate with the right kind of people)
What we stand to gain for Perfecting Holiness
- God will exalt us
- We will be assured of our salvation
He concluded with the following words: “Beloved, when we live right for God, He will exalt us and we shall be assured of our salvation”. Amen!