Monday, July 1, 2013

Living Holy - Is it a Fruit or a Root?

As Christians, we are admonished to "live holy", to follow the example of Christ.  

"Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, 
that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love."  (Ephesians 1:4)

"Be holy, for I am holy."  (1 Peter 1:16)
 
Many confuse this instruction by thinking that we must strive to be perfect out of fear of rejection, or fear of losing our salvation.  Many are misled into believing that you must confess every single sin or lose your salvation.  This erroneous thinking places holiness as the root of salvation and this is contrary to what the Bible teaches us.

Living a holy life is neither the root of our salvation, nor is it possible to accomplish it through good deeds and pure will power.

In fact, the Bible states that "holiness" is the FRUIT of our salvation.

"But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, 
you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life."  (Romans 6:22)

We strive to live a pure life and do good works BECAUSE of the free gift of salvation.  

By constantly renewing our minds to be in sync with God's perfect Spirit within us, our thoughts, words and actions will naturally follow.

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