When we produce fruits of holiness through the power of
God's grace, we have no reason to fall back into a life of sin and
bondage. They are free, empowered and whole. However, this promise does not apply to believers who do not walk in true holiness. Hear what Peter says about this:
"But those who fail to develop these virtues of
[holiness] are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already
forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. So,
dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among
those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away." (2 Peter 1:9-10, NLT)
We will never stumble or fall away. We are an
invincible people, not because of our own ability, but because of the
ability grace provides. So, in essence, grace gives us the power to
walk the highway of holiness, which secures for us the
promise of finishing the race well. It keeps us from becoming
shipwrecked in our faith and falling short.
Peter covers the opposite side as well. Those who do not
walk in the power of grace fail to develop the virtues of holiness. The
result is blindness and forgetting that God has cleansed them from
their old life of sin. This blindness makes it very difficult, almost
impossible, to stay on the narrow road of holiness. Quite easily they
will venture back to a lifestyle captive to sin (and most often still
believing they are covered and protected by God's grace).
Paul penned to Christians: "Don't you know that you are slaves of anyone you obey? You can be slaves of sin and die"
(Romans 6:16, CEV). When we willfully and repetitively follow sin's
desire, we become entangled in it and are once again its slave.
God has indeed given us His grace. We've been given the
nature of Jesus Christ and have been freed from the dominion of sin!
Why would anyone who has been made free want to venture back into sin's
captivity and flirt with death?
So, my friend, don't fight for your right to habitually
live in sin and still make it to heaven. That is the wrong way of
viewing life. Rather, realize God has given you an amazing gift—freedom!
You don't have to sin any longer; what you couldn't free yourself from
before, you now can live free from through the power of His amazing
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