Once a person has professed Christ as their Savior and been baptized, is that where obedience ends? Most would say no, but does the way we live our lives reflect that?
Do we study the Bible to know what God wants for us, and make decisions accordingly? Or do we live as though we are in the driver’s seat of life, making choices in direct opposition to what He has told us in His word because it’s what we want?
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 1 John 1:6 NLT
Yes, salvation is by grace through faith. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT Praise God! But saving faith results in a life that is being transformed to look more and more like Christ.
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. Romans 8:29-30 NLT
Believing in Christ is not a matter of following a set of rules. O well, win a few, lose a few. No, it is a relationship. Following the Savior who gave up heaven to come to earth to show us how to live, and then to submit to torture and death on the cross as the sacrifice for our sin, He calls us to take up our cross and follow Him. In other words, to give up our own will, and submit to His. When we truly believe He is who He says He is, how can we do any less?
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NLT
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
1 John 1:9 NLT
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