Jerry Bridges The Pursuit Of Holiness Analysis

“No one can attain any degree of holiness without God working in his life, but just as surely no one will attain it without effort on his own part” (Bridges 1978). In Jerry Bridges book, The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry explains how to make a Christian’s life more holy. Through chapter 1, Jerry explains why Christians need holiness in their everyday lives. He explains that to find holiness we must search the Bible because the Bible has all the answers. The Bible is the spoken truth from God. As in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NIV). Bridges focuses …show more content…
Bridges makes a good point where we as Christians are called to be like God, and that holiness “is nothing less than conformity to the character of God” (Bridges, 30). For God holiness is like one of his many superpowers. As God is always holy then we should have no fear that what he does for us is perfect and always right. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Make every effort…to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (NIV). Disobedience as Bridges discusses later on is a great deal to God. An example, Saul; Saul disobeyed God and he lost everything. In Chapter 3, Bridges focuses on how holiness is not an option. In scripture there is a comparison of being holy before and after salvation. Before being saved we have holiness in finding redemption and forgiveness from God. Then after being saved we are called to be holy to others and fulfill the Great Commission. Bridges leaves great questions toward the end which include: “Is there evidence of practical holiness in my life? Do I desire and strive after holiness? Do I grieve over my lack of it and earnestly seek the help of God to be holy?” (Bridges, …show more content…
Romans 6:6-7 says, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (NASB). A good quote from Bridges is that “We need to ‘stop trying and start trusting,’ or to ‘let go and let God” (Bridges 66). Chapter 6 Bridges begins to prepare us for the battle of holiness. God vs. Satan. Christians vs. temptations etc. Being obedient to God is one of the most important things to God. We cannot question God’s word for it is true and questioning makes us disobedient according to Bridges. Satan does this to Eve in Genesis with tempting her to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Chapter 7 gives insight on how to help us through the everyday battle against Satan and his temptations to not to live a holy life that God wants us to live. In chapter 5 it tells us that we are no longer slaves to sins, and that we have been set free. Since we are set free by Christs sacrifice, we still have a greater battle with Satan as told in chapter 6. In this chapter we are told to not take this battle alone for we cannot win without

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