The Christian Life is a Daily Walk of Faith(Romans 1:17).For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. No one is saved by individual predestination; all are saved as they respond in faith to God’s universal grace (John 3:16).For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Titus 2:11-12)The Bible does not teach unconditional security; each person lives by obedient faith in Christ (Romans 11:22-23; Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. Hebrews 2:2-3;For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 10:35-39).For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. If Christians remain in Him, they have assurance of eternal life, for no external force can take away their salvation Hebrews 6:11;And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 10:22).Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
Several basic disciplines are integral parts of Christian living: prayer, Bible study, faithful church attendance and submission to godly leadership, giving of tithes and offerings, worship, fasting, holiness of life.
Christians Must Not Love This Ungodly World System
For God’s people, holiness means conformity to God’s character—thinking as He thinks, loving what He loves, hating what He hates, and acting as Christ would act. Specifically, holiness is (1) separation from sin and the world system and (2) dedication to God (Romans 12:1-2;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. 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. II Corinthians 7:1).Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (II Corinthians 6:17)
The Life of Holiness is a Continual Striving for Perfection
No one is absolutely perfect, but everyone can be relatively perfect and mature. God expects continual growth in grace and knowledge and increasing production of spiritual fruit - (II Peter 3:18).But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (John 15:1-8)The Christian’s daily goal is to overcome sin (John 5:14;Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 8:11).She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. He is not to sin; if he does, he can receive forgiveness by repentance and confession (I John 1:9;If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 2:1).My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Holiness is Not a Means of Earning Salvation, But a Result of Salvation
It comes by (1) faith, (2) love, and (3) walking after the Spirit. All aspects of salvation, including the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work, come by faith (Ephesians 2:8).For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: If someone truly believes God, he will obey God’s Word. Moreover, if someone truly loves God, he will obey God’s commandments (John 14:15,If ye love me, keep my commandments. 23;Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. I John 2:3-6)And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Love is far stricter and more demanding than law or duty. The Holy Spirit imparts a holy nature. Through the Spirit’s guidance and power, the believer can overcome sin and live righteously - (Galatians 5:16;This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. I Thessalonians 4:7-8).For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:2-4)
The Holy Spirit teaches holiness by (1) the inspired Word of God, (2) anointed preachers and teachers who proclaim and apply the Word, and (3) internal promptings and convictions (which do not deviate from the Word).
Here are important areas in which biblical and therefore universal and unchanging, principles of holiness apply: attitudes, thoughts, the tongue, the eye, appearance, stewardship of the body, sanctity of marriage, sanctity of human life, honesty, fellowship, and worldly activities.
Holiness is an integral part of the salvation of the whole man from sin’s power and effects. It is a joyful privilege; a part of abundant life; a blessing from God’s grace; a glorious life of freedom and power. The life of holiness fulfills God’s original intention and design for humanity. For the Spirit-filled believer who truly loves God, holiness is the normal—indeed the only—way to live. Holiness is the essence of the Christian life.