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The Holiness that Attracts

Daniel 1:8-21, 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, Andrew Love, May 6, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • A holy life, produced in us by the Holy Spirit to make us more like Jesus Christ
  • We see the likeness of Christ in Daniel
    • Examples
  • We see a man who had a holiness that attracted
    • Holiness can repel
    • Holiness can attract
  • Daniel made a stand about the kings delicacies and false gods
    • Daniel pleased God and His favour was upon him
    • Daniel was in the favour and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs
      • Surely because of his character
      • Are we known for what we stand for or what we are against?
      • He stood up for holiness and truth
  • Daniel is gracious in his objection
    • The chief of the eunuchs was fearful and responsible to the king
      • Daniel puts himself in his hands
      • Daniel's behaviour was exemplary
    • Quote
    • Example of the Asher's beliefs and humility
  • Overview:
    • The life of Daniel
    • The witness of Scripture
    • The Lord Jesus

The life of Daniel

A man of Holiness and conviction

  • He was not compromised - he was a man of great conviction
    • Example of UKIP party
    • Obedience to God mattered more than anything else
  • Where there other Jews that compromised?
    • Daniel would not compromise
    • He was stirred up by the Spirit of God
    • Holiness means 'set apart' or 'separated to' God
    • He had clear convictions
  • How did others react to him?
    • A despising?
    • An admiration?
  • As Daniel makes a stand in the circumstance, he makes further stands in more difficult circumstances
    • E.g. Chapter 6
    • He had such conviction and great faith
    • King Darius was attracted to this holiness and to Daniel in general
      • He saw a man who stood up for what was right
  • Holiness - obedience to God's word

A man of Grace

  • Example of Joseph
  • God gave Daniel knowledge and intellect, also the understanding of visions and dreams
    • Royalty noted he had special graces - 5:11
    • He made wise stands
  • Quote from DL Moody

The witness of Scripture

  • The call to put off
  • The call to put on
    • Examples
  • We must strike a balance between making a stand and being blown around
    • We must have both sides
    • We say no to ungodliness and yes to holiness
    • Quote from JC Ryle
  • 1 Cor 13
    • A life of love is a life of holiness (v4-7)
      • Love is patient
      • Love is kind
      • Love does not envy
      • Love does not parade itself
    • This is the life of holiness
      • No coveting
      • Love is ...
    • Jesus said people would know that believers were His disciples by the love they had
  • Daniel was a man of humility
    • 2:20-23
    • "Oh king live forever" - his first words out of the lion's den
  • Other examples of Scripture
    • John the Baptist
    • Quote from Oswald Chambers
    • 1 Peter 3:1

The Lord Jesus

  • He is the greatest example of holiness
    • Men had an imparted holiness
    • Jesus Christ had an inherent holiness
  • The beauty of His holiness
    • His immense compassion for the sick and sinners
      • Examples
  • The compelling of His holiness
    • It sometimes repelled people
    • To others it compelled them to draw near
  • The perfection of His holiness
    • Seen on the cross

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Daniel 1:8-21

8But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 10And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king. 11Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. 13Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 14So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 15And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat. 16Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. 17As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. 20And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. 21And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (KJV)

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