Unfortunately, many Believers today don’t Believe God’s solution for mankind’s sin problem was complete. They don’t even realize that they Believe this. They know and understand that what Jesus did on The Cross made a way for whosoever would Believe will have a relationship with God and not suffer the penalty of their sins. But in regards to daily living, many think we are to do our best to be “good” until we make it to heaven. They Believe in unmerited forgiveness, but don’t Believe in unmerited empowerment. Grace is unmerited favor for both forgiveness and empowerment. God has given us both!!! There is more than unmerited mercy and forgiveness of sins in the New Covenant. They had that under the Old Covenant!!! There is grace to overcome and be victorious, no matter the temptation, the obstacles or the forces that oppose us! We do not have to be dominated by the sin or the forces of spiritual darkness (Rom. 6:14, Col. 2:14-15). But, we do not do the conquering.
It is not up to us to conquer sin through our determination and willpower. Upon being born-again, or initially experiencing redemption, Believers were not given a super-willpower. Just think what God has given and not given to His children. Believers were not given an innate ability to avoid being dominated by sin. They are still the fallen sons and daughters of Adam. But, they were given access to the power of God living inside of them to enable their freedom from the dominance of sin.
No one can set themselves apart from sin and be in right standing and fellowship with God. This is what it means to be “holy”. You could not make yourself holy before your initial redemption. And you cannot make yourself holy after you have been redeemed. Holiness is not what you do. Holiness is what God does in you and declares about you. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). There are two aspects of our holiness. First, God has enabled a Believer to be “hidden in Christ” (Col. 3:3). This goes back to what was discussed earlier about imputed righteousness. God declares you to be righteous even though you aren’t righteous. Secondly, because your condition isn’t righteous, the Holy Spirit of God goes to work inside of you to make you holy. He doesn’t just convict you when you are doing something wrong. He doesn’t just impart knowledge to you. He imparts power TO YOU! You couldn’t initially redeem yourself from sin, and you can’t redeem yourself from sin after conversion. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk ye in Him: rooted and built up in Him, and established in THE FAITH” (Col. 2:6-7). The process of Faith that got you initially saved, is to be the process of Faith by which you receive the enablement and miracle working power of the Holy Spirit in you EVERYDAY!