I believe it’s when we hide under the cover of “grace” to sin that we actually say in other words that “the death of Christ on the Cross is not potent enough to save (or separate) from sin…”
Besides, is that not the whole essence of being saved from sin~ being “born again”???…….that after shedding off the “bad guy” we have now chosen to be the “good guy”(with the help of the Holy Spirit of course)?
Choosing to do good is not because we believe it’s the yardstick to making heaven… Definitely not.
Have you ever wondered what would happen to the whole of humanity if everyone decides to be bad? …Because I’m sure you know we all have that bad side and it’s GOD helping us to bring out that good side and work on it
Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:26 And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
I believe that up there is the reason we have to bear good fruits, thus be good.
GOD expects nothing less from us.
We (who are saved by the blood of Christ) are now GOD’S temple and GOD expects His temple to be kept clean and pure.
“Being good” is not what we do because we want to make heaven, not at all.
“Being good” is the fruit of our knowledge as citizens of Heaven. It is what we have chosen as opposed to being evil(Sinful- Adamic nature).
I’ve heard people tell me it’s not about works but grace so why not enjoy life..(drink, club, sex, etc)
We’re humans and our hearts have been known to be “desperately wicked”. You can’t keep telling a convert that is already working at overcoming a bad habit that “it’s not by works but by grace” and still expect him to keep working at it…
Or was it not the same Paul that said;
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)
As concerning our Spiritual walk with The Holy Spirit, some knowledge are best left unshared(if they can’t be expressly explained) for the sake of the babes amongst us so it doesn’t cause confusion.
The Church at Corinth were also involved in this error of taking the grace for granted via their knowledge of “we’re not under the law/it’s not by works but by grace” which they took to the extreme and this is what Paul had to tell them ~ 1 Corinthians 8 (read the whole chapter)
1 Corinthians 8:9 “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
8:10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
Remember; “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” ~ Matthew 25:40