The single biggest reason for pursuing holiness is because God is Holy. The call to live a holy life – a call on every Christian – is based the fact that God Himself is Holy. Because He is holy, He requires you to be holy. “…but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY’.” – 1 Peter 1:15.
Many people adhere to antinomianism – the heresy of taking the principle of salvation by grace through faith to the point of asserting that the saved are not bound to follow moral laws. Nothing could be further from the truth. Question: How can there be any commands in the New Testament if grace presumes non-adherence to such commands? This is counter-intuitive. Of course there are commands in the New Testament. And of course these commands are expected to be followed.
Jesus commanded – “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” – Matthew 28:18-20. To say there are no commands under grace or to say such commands can be ignored is be ignorant of reality and truth. Don’t be that person!
Obedience To A Person
One of the biggest challenges to living obediently is the false conception that we’re just following “rules” or “laws” and we just don’t have to do that under grace. Au contraire mon amie! Our obedience is not to a “law” or list of DOs and DON”Ts – it is to a Person. We are obedient to the Person of Jesus Christ. Our obedience is not out of obligation but out of gratitude, thankfulness, worship, and willing submission to a good and gracious God.
This episode of DTLC Radio continues our series on pursuing personal holiness.