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

JESUS REDEEMED US FREE...The rest (Holiness) is up to 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.
After the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, God developed a plan ti win man back to Himself, He developed a plan of redemption. The plan was hidden till it's time came, when God had to send His Son, Jesus Christ into the world to redeem man.

The redemption plan had Jesus at the head of the plan. Jesus who was with God, called Word and He was God was sent to the world in the form of a man.  God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. 

After the Fall, God’s presence was no longer in man, anyone born into the world then had the image of Satan and was ruled by Satan because of Adam’s sin - Luke 4:6. The objective, being to restore man to his lost glory, which apparently was not clear to Adam and Eve.  It is very illusory for a man to be ignorant of the glory he is carrying.  When you don't know the weight of glory upon your head, it is easy for you to give it away like Esau did in the bible.

This evil happen a lot in the realm of the spirit, that a young man does not know his is carry a great star and glory from birth and such a young man encounters a wicked agent of Satan, who is a destiny hunter, hunting the stars of men to exchange and use for themselves.  these wicked agents can see into the spirit to see peoples glory and when the carrier does not even know, they will quickly remove it and leave the person empty in the spirit to wander in life. This is how the destiny of young people in Africa are exchanged by wicked men and women. 

So, Adam and Eve did not know the weight of glory they were carrying and the consequences of their fall, and so they played into the hands of the devil and he stole their mantle and glory, thereby handing man over to Satan to rule over.    So, the redemption plan will see man once again receiving eternal life of God, through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Man would once again be given the right to become a child of God (John 1:12-13; 2 Peter 1:3-4).

Redemption comes to man from his acceptance of the sacrifices made by Christ at the Cross.  When a man acknowledge and confess Jesus, and receive Him as Lord and Savior, the divine nature of Jesus Christ takes up residence in that person.

Redemption destroys the lordship of Satan over our lives. Redemption is a process that transfers us from the lordship of Satan to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The moment you make Jesus your Lord, Satan no longer has rule over you.  
We are bought with a price according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which says:  "We are temples of the Holy Spirit who is in us". We don’t own ourselves. We were bought with the precious blood of Jesus, the price paid for us through the death of Christ at the cross of Calvary.

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 paid the price for our redemption and obtained FREE of charge, the following:
1.  Believers obtained forgiveness of sin
2. We were dead with him, when he died 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.

Holiness is a command:

The Lord spoke to Abraham in Genesis 17:1-2 and said "I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be thou perfect...and I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly". 

God demands holiness from His sons and daughters so He can establish His covenant with them and multiply them exceedingly.  What is holiness and how to live a holy life.

To be holy is to be set apart or separate from sin and evil. God is holy—completely separate from everything that is evil (1 John 1:5). God calls us to be holy, just as He is, but it should be noted that without the help of God, holiness is impossible, so what is very important is our desire to live holy and our surrendering our spirit, soul and body to the Lord and allow the Holy Ghost to lead us.  When that happens, holy living is possible.

We must have the Holy Spirit indwelling inside of us and doing His works of redemption in us and filling us with His holiness. We can only live a holy life through the power of the Spirit; thus, the first step to living a holy life is to accept Jesus as Savior - Ephesians 1:13 and surrender all to Him

To live holy is to hate evil and every sinful acts. In 1 Thessalonians 4:3–8, Paul emphasizes sexual purity as part of holy living: “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God”.

Obedience is required
Beyond avoiding sexual immorality and keeping sex within God’s design for marriage, we can live a holy life by being obedient to God in all areas of life (1 Peter 1:14–16). Knowing and obeying God’s Word is key (John 17:17). Hiding God’s Word in our hearts keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11). When we live in obedience to God, we are staying separate from evil. We are offering our bodies as “living sacrifices” to God (Romans 12:1–2). The purpose of living a holy life is to glorify God and display His nature to those around us (Matthew 5:16). Living a holy life of obedience to God is living in true freedom from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:6).

It’s not always easy to choose to obey God, especially if we’re trying to do it all on our own. Satan would love nothing more than to bring us back into bondage through disobedience. But we have to yield everything about us to the Lord to lead and direct us. Then, we can live a holy life (Galatians 5:16).

Be dead to sin

We are made righteousness by His grace through salvation, so our attitude should continually be "Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” -Romans 6:11. Any time we face temptation, we should say, “I’m dead to that! That was part of my old life! I am a new creation in Christ!”. To live a holy life, to separate ourselves from sin, we must see ourselves as God does—as born-again children of the Most High, clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

We are not trying to live a holy life in order to earn salvation; living a holy life is a natural outgrowth of being saved by God’s grace and filled with His Spirit. It is also important to not give up when we mess up. When we fail, our response should be to confess the sin and keep moving forward in our Christian walk (1 John 1:9). Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” God’s grace doesn’t go away when we make mistakes.

The Rewards of holy living
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.
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.
HOLINESS is Living a Separated life

Holiness is striving for peace with everyone, without which no one will see the Lord, according to Hebrews 12:14 .  We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people chosen to proclaim the excellencies of Him, who called us 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.  

We are to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. We have to know how to control our emotions and hold our body in holiness and honor.  Apostle Paul asked believers "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
We have been washed by the blood of Jesus, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  Though, we were at one time in darkness, but now we are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 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,

We are to put on the heart of compassion, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved. Be  kind-hearted, humble, meek, and patient, 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

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 us: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these, the wrath of God is coming. 

We must put away anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that we have put off the old self with its practices- colossians 3:5-15


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