For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:11-13
Saving grace is teaching grace.
The grace of God teaches us how to live in this present world.
The New Testament is full of admonitions to be holy, to live holy.
The Word of God tells us…
To not walk like the world.
To not love what the world loves.
To put off our former conversation or lifestyle.
To mortify this flesh.
To not be conformed to this world.
To put off the old man.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
A child of God used to “walk” or live that way.
If holiness were something that happened “automatically” when we trusted Christ there would be no need in the Bible for all this teaching and instructing on the way and necessity of holiness. – Brother Shawn