CHRIST REDEEMED US FREE.......The rest (HOLINESS) depends on you!

Salvation is deliverance from the world, and from sin unto righteousness.  It is accepting what Christ did at the cross of Calvary and walking in all of its blessings.  Salvation is leaving the kingdom of darkness - the world and entering into the kingdom of God.
In salvation, God proved that He loved the world, by giving us Himself...He came in the person of Jesus Christ to die in order to save and deliver us from sin and reconcile us back to Himself.  So, God fulfilled His promise to give us a messiah, a redeemer and a Saviour - Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ fulfilled His part by enduring the shame, mockery and beating on the way to the cross and finally gave His life for our redemption.
By His death at the cross, Jesus Christ obtained the following FREE
1. Believers obtained forgiveness of sin
2. We were dead with him, at the cross, were buried and raised with Him
3. He gave us the gift of righteousness, sanctified and redeemed us FREE
4. He  disarmed and defeated the enemy, Satan and gave us victory over him. 
5. He has justified us before God.
6. He took away our shame, reproach, poverty, sickness and all disease
Christ, having procured free of charge, our salvation, healing, deliverance, we are to live His life on earth - the life of holiness.  Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach, without living holy, and obeying His Word, a person is still in the world.
The blessings God promised to believers are received by faith and obedience. God commanded His children to be holy for He, our God is holy Lev. 19:1  Without holiness, no eyes shall see the Lord, without holiness, you cannot make a decree and it is established unto you, and without holiness, powers of darkness will still torment the person.
Without holiness, you cannot sit with Christ in heavenly places, far above principalities and powers, without holiness, you are still the captive of the devil, despite your confession.  This is why Jesus warned us about mere profession of faith, without works.  Such faith cannot deliver anyone, such faith is dead.
Without holiness, you cannot received the blessings promised believers in the bible.  Check all the blessings, they are tied to life of obedience to the word of God and His voice - Deuteronomy 28: 1-14.

Holiness is Living a Separated Life

Holiness is striving for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord, according to Hebrews 12:14 .  The bible says in  1 Peter 2:9, that you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

The Lord has called us to good works, towards one another and according to 1 Thessalonians 4:7 - For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work - 2 Timothy 2:21.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  

The bible says we are bought with a price, to glorify God in our body -1 Corinthians 6:20.  So we are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you -  2 Corinthians 6:14-17

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  In 1 Thessalonians 4:4, the bible says - That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor - Romans 12:1 

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

We were at one time in darkness, but now we are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful- Colossians 3:12-15  

Finally, holiness is asking all believers to flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.  We should also, Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices- colossians 3:5-10

Working out your salvation, is talking about your response to living the life of Christ.  He send the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ to dwell in us, to guide and help us live in victory, but how much of your life have you yielded to the Holy Spirit? 
Having procured your freedom, you are to live a life of holiness, through which you obtain the blessings of God and eternity.  Only His lifestyle will profit anyone that believes in His name.  The lifestyle of holiness is the answer, the master key for those who want to manifest His glory.
There is no alternative to holiness as faith cannot replace holiness...the ball is now in your courts.


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