Importance Of Practical Holiness (1)

2. The importance of practical holiness

Let me try, in the next place, to show some reasons why practical holiness is so important.

Can holiness save us? Can holiness put away sin, cover iniquities, make satisfaction for transgressions, pay our debt to God? No, not a whit. God forbid that I should ever say so. Holiness can do none of these things. The brightest saints are all 'unprofitable servants'. Our purest works are not better than filthy rags, when tried by the light of God's holy law. The white robe, which Jesus offers and faith puts on, must be our only righteousness, the name of Christ our only confidence, the Lamb's book of life our only title to heaven. With all our holiness we are no better than sinners. Our best things are stained and tainted with imperfection. They are all more or less incomplete, wrong in the motive or defective in the performance. By the deeds of the law shall no child of Adam ever be justified. 'By grace arc ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast' (Eph_2:8, Eph_2:9).

Why then is holiness so important? Why does the apostle say, 'Without it no man shall see the Lord'? Let me set out in order a few reasons.