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Holiness is What I Long For, (But What Is It?)

Posted by Adam Graham on May 9, 2007

I consider this article in Christianity Today, a must read for every Christian:

Still, as we maintain the priority of our union with God in Christ, we must also acknowledge that we are not yet holy. For our holy relationship with God in Christ requires of us—or better yet, enables in us—a response. “I urge you,” says Paul, “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph. 4:1); and, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Rom. 12:1); and finally, “Continue to work out your salvation in fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Phil. 2:12-13).

Such passages make clear that there is no place for cheap grace in the economy of God. Rather, the purpose of God’s saving work in Christ is to free us to live out the holiness we already enjoy in him. The wonder and beauty of the gospel is that God deigns to manifest his love and goodness through creatures created in his image. By virtue of God’s gracious initiative and through union with Christ, we participate in God’s holiness in a way that transforms our lives and manifests God’s grace: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Eph. 2:10).

Contrary, then, to any notion of mere moral conformity, true holiness is a grateful collaboration with God in seeking to live out the form of human life that he intends.

To me, I think we’ve fallen into rules rather than Spirit, or simply doing whatever we want and expecting God to pay the tab on judgment day. The result is a lack of commitment to God that isn’t attractive to the outside world and fails to live out the meaning of the faith and show what the power of God can do.

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