GRACE TO WORK

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“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:20 NKJV

When you think of holiness, the first thing that may pop in your mind is a good moral conduct. While that is a part of holiness, that is not all there is to it.

Inanimate objects, incapable of any moral knowledge, were called holy in the Bible. (Daniel 5:3, 1 Kings 8:4)

This was because they were set apart by God for his use, not for common use. As believers, who carry the Spirit of God, we have been set apart by God. Because God is holy, anything or person he touches, and in your case, dwells in, has become holy. It is not a function of your moral conduct.

However, moral excellence must accompany our holiness as children of God. Apostle Paul wrote a letter to one of his spiritual sons, enjoining him to forgive his estranged servant, and take him in as a brother.

In the letter, he said, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” (Philemon 1:6 KJV)

The word “communication” in the verse can be replaced with “fellowship” for better understanding. Apostle Paul’s prayer for Philemon was that because of the mutual fellowship they had in Christ, which is the presence of the Holy Spirit, the good things, that is moral excellence, in Philemon can be acknowledged.

Paul was basically keeping Philemon accountable to his profession of faith. If he claimed to be in fellowship with Christ and the saints, he must also forgive. Like Paul, we should be able to hold ourselves and other believers accountable to the faith we share.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV

While we are saved by grace, good works should not be found wanting in us. God has preordained us to walk in them. We don’t do good works to become holy, or attain holiness. Our belief in Jesus’ death and resurrection for eternal life has made us holy through his blood. (Hebrews 10:10-12, Ephesians 1:7)

We do good works because we are holy and they are pointers to our salvation. Apostle Paul called them the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), the physical evidence of the indwelling of the Spirit in us.

Apostle John even makes a bolder statement, that whoever claims to be a believer, but is constantly in sin, was never saved in the first place. (1 John 2:9)

Dear believer, you are holy! Let it reflect in your daily conduct.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 7:45-53, II Peter 1:12-21, Job 2, Ezekiel 4-8

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