Yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. —Romans 6:13-22
Beware of the piety that denies the natural life, it is a fraud. Continually bring yourself to the bar of the Atonement – where is the discernment of the Atonement in this thing, and in that?
1) Dear Christian, please enjoy the grace of God today in overcoming your weakness that in Him you might be strong to serve. The Gospel is not merely for your failures accrued before you believed. The Gospel was not a hope you embraced to release you only from your past. You are not now on your own to maintain and upkeep the whiteness that was given to you. The Gospel is your strength today and your hope for tomorrow. It is your perpetual whiteness because it is Christ’s whiteness which can never be stained. It is the main attraction, not simply your ticket to the big show of self preservation.
2) Dear Christian, please make it your every effort to yield your members to righteousness today. Surrender your will and your rights in order to embrace the grace of relying on Another’s efforts on your behalf. We demonstrate daily our dependence on God alone and His righteousness for us by doing the good works prepared beforehand by Him. We are pleasing to Him because Christ is pleasing to Him and by faith we are found in Christ.
Working hard because God is pleased with you in Christ is energizing and useful in that it fully accomplishes God’s goals.