8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
What we have as believers is a kind of life; a God kind of life. Scriptures sometimes refer to it as eternal life (1st John 5:11&12, John 1:4-5, 12-13), meaning that in reality we received a new, kind of life in salvation. This is our reality.
However we must know, this life is not just like a trophy we keep for bragging rights, but the rather, it manifests, it produces something. YOU SEE, THIS LIFE PRODUCES A LIFESTYLE. The scripture is replete with this emphasis. One scripture that encapsulates this truth in a profound way is Ephesians 2:8-10.
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.
You see, this salvation-life was received not by our works (of the law), HOWEVER, the life is designed to produce a work (of righteousness) in every one who receives it.
It is therefore ignorance, foolishness or dishonesty to think that there is a disconnect between this life and the lifestyle of the recipient. We have received the God-kind of life, but this life produces godliness.
Oh yeah, the hood does not make the monk, BUT THE MONK DOES WEAR A HOOD.
IF YOU HAVE THE LIFE, LET IT PRODUCE THE ATTENDANT LIFESTYLE IN YOU.
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