Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What does God require of us most of all when we have become Christians?

The comprehensive words that sum up what God requires of us are sanctification and holiness. Sanctification is the process of which holiness is the completed state. In sanctification, God's will is that our sinful attitudes and actions should be put to death, our nature and character renewed after the image of God in Christ, our obedience to God increased, so that we live to please God. All these things take place through the power and help of the Holy Spirit.

Sanctification and holiness.

God's will for us is our sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:16).

God's call to Christians is to live a holy life (1 Thessalonians 4:7).

The necessity for holiness springs from the fact that the Lord our God is holy (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:15-16).

The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good (Titus 2:14).

Our supreme aim as Christians is to be the achieving of holiness (Hebrews 12:14).

Sanctification - of which holiness is the completed state - is a continuous process.

It is the continual endeavour to bring holiness to completeness (2 Corinthians 7:1).

It is a progressive work, and involves the complete personality: the spirit, the soul and the body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Entire sanctification will not be realized until our weak mortal bodies are transformed to be like Christ's glorious body (Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2).

God's call to Christians is to live a holy life

Sinful attitudes and actions are to be put to death in our lives (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5).

Belonging to the Lord brings the immediate obligation to depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19).

God's judgment and condemnation no longer rest upon Christians because of their sin (Romans 8:1), but this does not mean that we may ever regard sin lightly (Romans 6:1-2; 1 John 2:1).

We are to put off the sinful ways of our former way of life (Ephesians 4:22).

While there is necessarily a battle with indwelling sin (Romans 7:14-25; 1 John 1:8; 1 John 2:1), sin is not to have the mastery over us (Romans 6:12-13).

Sexual immorality and uncleanness are not to be given any place in our life (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:7).

The more our sanctification proceeds the more we hate our sin (Job 42:5, 6; Isaiah 6:5; Romans 7:24).

Our nature and character are to be renewed after the image of God in Christ.

Sanctification is a call to share God's moral perfection (1 Peter 1:16).

The goal of sanctification is always presented as likeness to Christ: God has chosen Christians to bear the family likeness of His Son (Romans 8:29; Philippians 1:9-11; 2 Peter 1:5-8).

God's purpose is that we should copy Christ and be like Him (1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 2:5).

As we are made new in the attitudes of our minds by the Holy Spirit, so we are able to put on our new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Obedience to God is to grow and increase.

Nothing we do outwardly has value to God without the willing obedience of the heart (1 Samuel 15:22).

He requires that His commandments shall be upon our heart (Deuteronomy 6:5, 6).

Practical righteousness is observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly (Luke 1:6).

We please God as we keep His commandments (1 John 3:22).

We are to keep in step with the Holy Spirit as He reveals to us what God requires (Galations 5:25).

While our obedience is always imperfect (Psalms 130:3), God will always receive the offering of our obedience and of ourselves to Him as holy and acceptable, when we are His children in Christ (Romans 12:1; Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:16).

All these things take place by the power and help of the Holy Spirit.

Our confidence as we seek to work out the salvation God has given us is that He Himself is at work in us, giving us the will and power to achieve His purpose (Philippians 2:13).

The Holy Spirit is the agent of our sanctification, even as of our regeneration (1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 8).

Strength for the Christian life comes by the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 4:16).

The Holy Spirit assists us in putting to death the misdeeds of the body (Romans 8:13).

The Holy Spirit assists in the gradual transformation of our character to that of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18; compared with Romans 8:29): He takes from what is Christ's and makes it known to us (John 16:14).

The Holy Spirit assists believers in actual obedience: He implants a supernatural habit and principle in us enabling us to obey God's will (Romans 8:2).

The Holy Spirit strengthens our will to obey our Lord Jesus Christ and His commandments (1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 3:24).

The instrument the Holy Spirit uses principally for our sanctification is the Word of God.

It is declared to be God's chosen instrument (John 17:17).

Our way of life can be kept pure by guarding it according to God's Word (Psalms 119:9).

Holiness comes from instruction in God's ways, and walking in His paths (Isaiah 2:2-5).

It is for this reason that Christ gives, by His Spirit, gifts to enable the people of God to be instructed in the Word of God (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 5:17).

Our sharing in God's holiness involves chastisement on occasions and some of the experiences that lead to greater sanctification are not always pleasant at the time (Hebrews 12:10, 11).

Many incentives and motives for holiness and sanctification are set before the Christian.

Reverence and respect for God (2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:17).

The mercy of God to us in Christ (Romans 12:1, 2).

The promises of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

The freedom to which we have been called in Christ, enabling us to please God (Galations 5:1, 13-16).

The prospect of Christ's return (Titus 2:12, 13; 1 John 3:2, 3).

God's gift of the Holy Spirit and the implications of that gift (Galations 5:16-26; 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 8).