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While it is true that God’s grace is sufficient to cover all our sin—past, present and future; that amazing grace is in no way a license to test its limits.  When men become part of God’s chosen family, they are transformed into a new likeness. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says it best…”If anyone is in Christ, they are new creations—the old is gone and the new has come.” It was never God’s intention to simply provide a “Get Out Of Hell Free Card”.

 get outInstead, God’s plan was to restore the bond sin had so dramatically broken.  God wanted simply to bring us back into a right relationship with him.  While he made the sacrifice and provided the means, he still intended that we conform to his image—integrity, character and selflessness.  If we do not desire to be like him and follow him closely, then we  seriously need to consider our commitment to follow him.

 Salvation is simple—but, it is no way easy.  We have to live a life that is selfless, faithful and conforming into the image of our Lord and Savior.  Paul reminded us in Philippians 1:6—He who has begun a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is a process.  God is patient, supportive and engaged to make us like him—we simply need to follow closely.

 God Bless You

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become [a]united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be [b]in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old [c]self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be [d]done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is [e]freed from sin.