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JESUS REDEEMED US FREE...The rest (Holiness) is up to you

Introduction
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”.

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 obedience to 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).

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.

What did the bible say about Holiness

Hebrews 12:14  - Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 2:9 - But 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 - For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

2 Timothy 2:21 - 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.

Leviticus 20:26 - You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

Isaiah 35:8 - And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 - Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Leviticus 19:2 - “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

1 Corinthians 6:19 - Or 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,

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

1 John 5:4 - For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Psalm 51:10-12 - Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

1 Peter 2:24 - He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - Or 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.

3 John 1:11- beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

Romans 12:1 - 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.

1 Peter 4:1 - Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,

James 1:21 - Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

1 Thessalonians 4:4 - That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

1 Peter 4:7 - The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

1 Thessalonians 3:13 - So that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

1 Peter 1:14-16 - As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

1 John 3:6-10 - No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

2 Corinthians 7:1 - Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Hebrews 12:10 - For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

1 Peter 2:12 - Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Leviticus 11:45 - For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

2 Peter 1:2-8 - May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, ...

Ephesians 5:8-11 - For at one time you were darkness, but now you 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.

1 Corinthians 6:17 - But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

2 Timothy 2:16 - But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Philippians 2:15 - 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,

Colossians 3:12-15 - 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.

1 Corinthians 6:20 - For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 - Do not 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,

Philippians 1:10 - So that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

Ephesians 5:1 - Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

John 17:17 - Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

1 John 1:6 - If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

1 John 3:3 - And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 - For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

Colossians 1:22 - He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

Luke 1:75 - In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

1 John 2:29 - If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

2 Timothy 2:22 - So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Colossians 3:5-10 - 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 ...

Ephesians 4:20-24- But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Psalm 97:10 - O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Or 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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Romans 12:1-2 - 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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Peter 1:13-17 - Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

1 Timothy 6:11 - But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

Ephesians 5:3 - But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

Psalm 119:1-3 - Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

Psalm 32:2 - Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Leviticus 20:7 - Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

1 John 5:21 - Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 Peter 2:11 - Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 - Abstain from every form of evil.

Galatians 5:22-25 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:17 - If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Ephesians 1:4 - Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Exodus 3:5 - Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

James 1:27 - Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Romans 6:1-23 - What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. ...

1 John 2:5 - But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

Hebrews 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

1 Timothy 4:12 - Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

2 Corinthians 10:5- We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

1 Corinthians 15:34 - Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Romans 13:12-14 - The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Isaiah 32:17 - And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
Proverbs 16:17 - The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

Proverbs 11:23 - The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

1 John 5:18 - We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

2 Peter 3:11 - Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,

1 Peter 3:11 - Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

2 Timothy 3:17 - That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Corinthians 11:2 - For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16 - Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

John 6:35 - Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

1 John 2:1 - My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 - For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Philippians 2:12-16 - Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 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, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

John 4:14 - But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Isaiah 26:9 - My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Psalm 66:18-20 - If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

1 John 5:5 - Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 Peter 2:5 - You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

1 Corinthians 10:21 - You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

Psalm 4:4 - Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Joshua 7:13 - Get up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the Lord, God of Israel, “There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.”

2 Peter 3:14- Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

1 Peter 3:3 - Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

Hebrews 12:15 - See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

Romans 8:12 - So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.

Philippians 1:11 - Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
 
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.

Shalom!


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