Finally released… Which ex-prisoner would voluntarily go back to the prison cell?
So: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1; NIV)
By accepting your sanctification through the sacrifice of Jesus, you are no longer a sinner, but a saint (who unfortunately still sins from time to time). But you are on the way: “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures.” (Titus 2:11-12; NLT)
Jesus transforms us from sinners to saints so that God can say this about us: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (God in Hebrews 10:17; NIV) • You are God’s righteousness in Jesus Christ… What does that mean?
Of course we make an effort, but it is not our effort of will, but it is the Holy Spirit given to us that works through us: “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT)