Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Is this really possible?

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. - 1 Peter 1:13-17

We can, should, and must live the kind of life Peter is talking about. The Christian life is a life of action, of transformation, of victory, of self-control, of obedience, and of holiness. This is the life we are clearly called to live today! And it is all possible because of Christ; because we were redeemed with the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). To not live this kind of life that is evidently transformed is to cheapen or disregard the blood of Christ.

To not believe this kind of transformed life is possible is to either not understand the work of Christ on the cross or to not fully accept the work of Christ on the cross.

I find the fact that we are both called to holiness and fully equipped in Christ for holiness to be incredibly exciting good news.


Gord said...

Good post.

I believe it is indeed possible to live a godly, transformed life.


"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." - 2 Peter 1:3

Christ accomplished it all on the cross, yes, but we must also remember that he didn't stay on the cross. He rose to give us the abundant, transformed life that he desires for us. All we have to do is receive it.

This is only possible by allowing his Spirit to live the life of Jesus through us. It takes a living faith.

Paul tells us that we are to reckon ourselves dead ... but alive in Christ. This is what the transformed life really is all about.

It is more than just possible, it is a reality if we receive it by faith.

Blessings and thanks for this excellent post.

Eric Jones said...

Amen Gord,

Good to hear from you. As you know, I enjoy your insights posted on Anonymous Discipleship.