Does saved by grace mean we dont have to be holy?

We are saved by the grace of God – it is a free gift (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8; Revelation 22:17). This is a big deal. There is nothing we can do, or be, to make ourselves worthy of being saved. There is nothing we can do, or be, to make God save us. There is nothing we can do, or be, to save ourselves.

But does being saved by grace free us from the responsibility of living as God has said to live?

We are told to live a life worthy of the Lord and that we can please God (Colossian 1::8-14), that Enoch pleased God (Hebrews 11:5-6), that praising God, doing good and sharing with others pleases God (Hebrews 13:15-16) to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12), to walk worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:11; 2 Thessaloinians 1:11). We are told to continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19).

We are told to give evidence of our faith (Acts 26:20; James 2:14-25).

We are also told we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30), that no one can snatch us from the Son’s hand nor the Father’s hand (John 10:28-29). But at the same time, we know we have to persevere (1 Timothy 4:16; Hebrews 10:36; James 1:12; Revelation 2:3), to continue in God’s kindness (Romans 11:22;), to conitnue iin faith (Colossians 1:23; 1 Timothy 2:15), to continue to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12), to continue in Him (1 John 2:28). We are to see that what we heard from the beginning remains in us so we will remain in the Son and in the Father (1 John 2:24-25).

We are to leave sin behind and turn to God (Acts 26:20); We are to be holy because God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). We are called to holy lives (1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 2 Timothy 1:9).

We have to remember that it is GOD who called us, who rescued us, who qualified us (Colossians 1:9-14).

It seems to me that it is all about GOD. God called us. God qualified us. God rescued us. God. God. God.

But we are to make daddy look good – make daddy proud of us as it were. Not because we can loose salvation (I think scripture shows we can not if we truly have it), but because He loves us and we love Him.

So no, being saved by grace does not free us from the need to leave sin behind. In fact, it creates a responsibility to live holy.


One Response

  1. Another aspect of grace is that the power of sin is broken. God’s grace makes a change in us… a new heart, with new desires. Power to serve Christ instead of sin. Our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin… for sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:6, 14).

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