Here we are taught that God’s standard for believers is absolute perfection. While, as sinful beings, we cannot reach this goal, we are nonetheless commanded to strive towards it in this life, as though running in a race, looking only to the finish line and not stopping.

This striving to put sin to death and grow more into the image of our Savior does not merit salvation for the believer but we see that if it is not present in our lives in the least degree, this would be evidence that we are not true believers at all. We see the contrast between this Biblical teaching and that which tells us that once we are saved we can sit back, continue to live as we always have and still expect to arrive in heaven.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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