There Adam and Eve were, enjoying the beauty of living in perfect communion with God in the Garden of Eden. Things were in their perfect created state, holy and blameless along with their almighty creator. But suddenly like a lightning bolt from a storm, they trespassed against God’s first command, and all creation was jolted off axis. Sin had entered the world, and the perfect holy state created by God was now infected because of man’s choice.
Now we live in a fallen world among sinful men and women. But God is still God, His character is unchanging. He is still holy, perfect in all manner, and completely unblemished. Although Adam and Eve caused this downfall away from our creator, God has made a way for us to be reconciled unto Himself. Christ Jesus, the one and only son of the Father, came to provide remission of sins and make the way back to the Father.
Now we have the avenue unto eternal salvation open to us who believe in Christ. But there’s still a lingering question, if Christ did everything necessary for us to come to the Father, what difference does it make how we live our life?
If you were instructed how to assemble an airplane, would you follow the directions and use the correct parts to successfully get it to fly? Failure to completely follow the directions could be fatal. In the same way, God has given us the clear call unto holiness and has made us to be partakers in His divine nature through Christ. God designed this perfect plan, and in order for the Christian life to work, we must follow His blueprint.
This blueprint is found in God’s word, the Bible. In Exodus God gave the ten commandments to His chosen people the Israelites. These were and are the outline for holiness. However, every person has broken these commands; so is there even hope? The answer is an astounding yes! Because Jesus fulfilled the law to perfection, now those who were once under the law are now liberated from the law when they believe in Christ.
The key is Christ in you, the hope of glory. When someone truly surrenders their life to Christ, they are “born again,” not in a physical sense, but in a spiritual sense. The old man has been crucified with Christ, and we are brought unto newness of life in Him. With this new life, comes new desires and a new heart. Instead of our constant selfishness to please ourselves, we become fixed on Christ and His will. What is that will? To walk in the way of holiness, completely surrendered unto God for His glory and His renown.
For God is holy, His way is perfect, and His commands are clear. The Christian now stands in reverential respect, adamant adoration, and holy trembling at the grandeur of this sovereign God. Now the only thing left is to worship Him, and obey His call to live a life devoted to Him—set apart for service unto God.