actually expect Christians to live holy lives? After reading the
following scriptures, you can decide.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture
is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy
3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto
all good works.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace
with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the
pure in heart: for they shall see God.
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient
children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in
your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye
holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye
holy; for I am holy.
Iím saved by
grace, so works do not justify my salvation, right?
It is true that we can not justify
our salvation by works, but only by the blood of Jesus. It is the
free gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
But Romans 12:1 tells us that after
we are saved, that living a holy life is our reasonable service.
This means that by doing so, we arenít going above our required
duty, but just meeting expectations!
Romans 12:1 I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
I think it is an appropriate
illustration to compare salvation to working a job. If an employer
gives us a position in their company, they will have certain
expectations and requirements to keep the job. Requirements such as
our attendance at work and performing the duties for which we were
hired. If we do not meet these expectations, then we can expect to
lose our position. Just like working a job, there are certain
reasonable expectations and requirements that go along with
A few of the
many scriptures relating to Godís expectations of a holy life
Romans 6:1 What shall we say
then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid.
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know
ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by
baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness
of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of
his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body
of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with
Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
1John 3:3 And every man that
hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the
transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to
take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him
sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that
committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God
doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot
sin, because he is born of God.
James 1:27 Pure religion and
undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from
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