A Scriptural Formula For Holy Living

In his book Living for God’s Glory, Joel Beeke offers several diagnostic questions based on 1 Corinthians that provide, as he calls it, a biblical formula for holy living before God and man:

1. Does this glorify God? (1 Cor. 10:31)

2. Is this consistent with the lordship of Christ? (1 Cor. 7:23)

3. Is this consistent with biblical examples? (1 Cor. 11:1)

4. Is this lawful and beneficial for me-spiritually, mentally, and physically? (1 Cor. 6:9-12)

5. Does this help others positively and not hurt others unnecessarily? (1 Cor. 10:33; 8:13)

6. Does this bring me under any enslaving power? (1 Cor. 6:12)

These are wise questions to considerā€”ones that force us to look beyond ourselves and toward how our actions might affect other people and our witness to Godā€”whenever we find ourselves hesitating over a course of action.

Posted by Aaron Armstrong

Aaron is the author of several books including the Big Truths Bible Storybook, Epic Devotions, Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty, and Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World. His next book, published by Lexham Press, will release in Spring 2023.