When did we separate those treasured words from each other? I wonder, when grace and holiness took of on facing journeys? Sundry opinions of both are drifting around in the Christian ocean. The standpoints give us resemblance of pirate boats blitzing in the Caribbean. These two blessed words are usually divorced, disconnected and indeed different in the minds and hearts of us, Messianic Sailors. Alas, how we fervently hate that!
Therefore enroll in this simple attempt of redemption, as we reunite these two estranged yet mighty brothers.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” Titus 2:11-13
The cooperation between grace and holiness is clearly shown above. As I introduce you with, the popular mindset views grace as a bailout from holiness. We all know that holiness is good and favored. However, the mindsets either see it as useless (because of Jesus did it all – which is true) or as unattainable (because the lowly state of men – which also is true). But the mindsets are totally in error. Grace is not a bailout, but rather an invitation. Holiness is neither useless nor unattainable, but rather a cherished and free voyage unto becoming like our gracious Savior!
Grace is not a bailout, but rather an invitation.
But lo, you cannot voyage unto holiness without the gracious invitation. We all want to be like Jesus, right? Of course! “…because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy.” 1.Peter 1:16. The Holy Spirit is also referred to the Spirit of Grace. He enables strength and might in us to live and walk in holiness. Without Him, we foolishly sail with a legalistic canvas.
“..and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2.Cor 5:15
Here is grace and holiness: It’s the power to be more like our holy Jesus Christ! Which is our wonderful walk in this present age.
True grace (Holy Spirit power) is thoroughly vital in this ongoing holiness. To see them as connected is my dearest goal to illuminate in this script. False grace would deceive or just be indifferent concerning holiness (Jude 4). Which simply goes against the Holy Spirit. True grace doesn’t condemn, but rather edifies (brings life) in order to live in holiness.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” 2.Peter 1:3-4
Our divine journey will be steered by our Holy Sailor and swept yonder by the Spirit of Grace.
We all want to be like our dear One, Jesus. No longer will we voyage apathetically with a sail full of holes, nor will we voyage vehemently with a humanistic sail drenched in sweat and blood. But our divine journey will be steered by our Holy Sailor and swept yonder by the Spirit of Grace. As we, His handiwork, daily volunteer to unite with this divine unit.
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2.Cor 7:1
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2.Cor 5:21
Onwards, mighty child of God! Live in union with Him unto a swift manifest of the blessed hope. Our dear dream of full deliverance.