|Real Good Works And Real Holiness Are Free Gifts From God.|
Don't be deceived, the Bible tells us. Whoever does righteousness is righteous. And, through the Holy Spirit, we can do righteousness.
Yes, if we fail to yield to the Holy Spirit, we can repent and be forgiven, but we have missed an opportunity to yield to the Spirit of God and be transfigured to the likeness of Christ. If we fail in this way, then we have missed an opportunity to become. We are called to become. God has called us to become a member in particular in the Body of Christ. No part of your flesh or my flesh can ever be part of the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ is built of living stones. The flesh is dead. You are alive to Christ. Christ in you is alive. He is alive. As you yield, you are transfigured. You begin to become what you were created to become in Christ. The righteousness that God does through you becomes the holiness of God in you. The holiness of God redeems you from slavery to sin. You are changed.
We actually have been set free from sin, but God does not, as a result, force us to do His will. We are set free, but we can fail to use the free gift of righteousness. If we are foolish and reject God's free gift of righteousness, then there is a descent into darkness. It is possible to walk from a measure of holiness and redemption (freedom from sin) into a depth of painful ungodliness and slavery to sin. The question is found throughout the Old and New Testament: Who will you listen to? Will you honor God or the ungodly fleshly nature?
What then? Are there no limitations to the measure of power which the saints may appropriate? Yes, indeed; but they are the limitations that they themselves erect in unbelief. With God all things are possible; we know that is true. But Jesus adds, "All things are possible to him that believeth." When a certain man brought his lunatic son to Christ, and the son wallowed on the ground in torment, the father said to the Lord in anguish of soul, "If thou canst do anything, have compassion onus, and help us." But Jesus turned the whole responsibility back upon the father, and said, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mk. 9:22,23). The if-thou-canst is a condition which must be directed at your faith and mine; it is not a question as to God's ability or His willingness to do the things of which we speak. But the glory of it all is this: "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." And therefore if we, in this the greatest hour of Church history, will but hear the Word of God--that is, give it a place in our heart and life, then faith will spring up, overcoming faith, faith that will enable us to take possession of our heritage in Christ Jesus.
Last updated: Jan, 2013
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