Just as it was the supreme mission of Jesus to give eternal life, so it is the supreme responsibility of the believer to take possession of that life, changing our ways and behaving as God would have us do.
God sees the believer even now in the image of Christ. We can rejoice because we are set aside for God’s family and are justified, prepared even now to enter into God’s Kingdom.
Our pardon is full and it is secure. God put the terms of salvation so high that we could never measure up to them and therefore has saved us by his grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
Yes, of course, there have been fights about this doctrinal teaching, but the disciples have made it very clear, there is no work you can do to be saved! The Evidence of your salvation is, you are inspired to do good works! Therefore, you must FIRST come to The Christ, confess that you know you have not kept his commandments, know you are a sinner (as we ALL are) and then ask Him to save/rescue you.
Declare that he is our lord, publically if possible, join with a body of believers in a church that seems like the right place for you, and continue to study the Bible, learn God’s Ways and Will for your life and your behavior, and do your best to Keep God’s Commandments. Listening to sermons is good, but not enough. YOU must make the effort to replace your old thinking and behavior with new “Christ Like” thinking and behavior. It’s a lifetime effort, but it must be done.
Doing actions can’t save you, but doing good works after you are saved helps the community of believers and helps you learn and grow in Christ’s Ways.
The Lord Jesus’ atoning sacrifice is our only reason for acceptance into the God Family. Nothing can remove us from our standing with Him because the righteousness of Christ is upon us by our vital union with Him.
We appear righteous before God because this title of “righteousness is in Christ, and covers us.
When we are in Christ we can look back upon our lives and see that everything we thought and did in those years when we were “unregenerate” ended at the cross. Moreover, we look at our lives since we believed on Christ as our Savior and see it in the risen Christ in a fresh new perfect blessing in eternal life.
All that we are and all that we need to live the Christian life are found in Christ and all He has provided for us.
In Christ, who IS our perfect righteousness we see all that we shall become when He is finished with us. Being in Christ is the greatest motive for living a pure life. When we realize who we are in Christ we want to become that in practice. Would the son or daughter of a great living saint commit terrible crimes and bring disgrace upon the family’s name? No? Why then do we continue to sin and bring disgrace upon the name “Christian” and even upon Jesus? It’s only naturally right that we change our ways and follow the ways of The Christ!
He justified us – which is to say he made us right before God. Our justification pledges a holy life just as truly as it pledges eternal life on the part of Him who gives it to us. The apostle Paul wrote, “He also did predestinate us to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29).
Low views of both justification and sanctification will produce low advancement in the likeness of Christ, whereas high views of justification and sanctification will produce a high level of motivation to grow in His image and likeness. Set your target high. See yourself attempting to be more and more like Jesus and his disciples and make the effort to speak, think, look upon, and behave in a God-Loving and God-Fearing manner.
Evidence of a vital union with the Lord is found in the constant flowing into us of the life that is in Him and the death which He died.
How can that be and what does it mean? Communion with Christ in our daily life ought to make us holy in practice. There is no escaping the words of Jesus, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” Live In Me and I Shall Live In You!
We die to sin and are alive to the new life in Christ.
Our faith rests upon Christ. Because of this God says, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Jesus was the final sacrifice, the Passover Lamb who gave his life to rescue you.
The blood of Jesus Christ alone answers every accusation against us. My soul responds in faith saying, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ.”
We receive, accept and behave properly thanks to God’s perfect provision for the present life in Christ and our eternal life in the future. We do this by trusting Jesus and God completely. In response to His love toward us we obey His word. “If you abide in Me you will keep My commandments.”
Any obedience problem is truly a love problem. If we are not obedient, we don’t love Him enough to keep His commandments.
Christ is received into the soul as we continue to study His words and understand their deeper meanings. Because of this continual education there is a spiritual development.
We grow from life to life in the new person in Christ and we grow from death to death in the dying of the old self. We are to “put on” Christ, and “take off” the old self. Because we have been clothed in His righteousness we must make every effort to become like Him in our daily practice.
Source for my notes: http://www.abideinchrist.com/