Spirit & Life Devotional
Friday, November 21
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Holiness in the Old Testament was by works that they did. But in the New Testament, we are given a nature that is righteous and holy when we are born again. We are born again by an incorruptible seed, by the word of God. Hallelujah!
But we are not without our own responsibilities. The onus is on us to stay holy. I John 5:18a says, We know that whoever is born of God does not sin. Some translations say that whoever is born of God does not continue in sin. We ought not to continue doing the things we were saved from, else we corrupt ourselves.
Now, think about this: if folks in the Old Testament could discipline themselves not to be defiled, how much more us in the New Testament who have received an abundance of grace and have the Spirit of God living in us. There will always be temptations to do wrong, but according to the Scriptures, temptations that come to us are those we can overcome. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, sanctified and cleansed her, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Let’s stay holy. It pleases God.