11th June 2020

Moral Lives and Salvation

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)

Even in ‘Christian’ writings today much is made of Christians having to live moral lives. Professing Christians are often made to think that if they are living ‘respectable’ lives, this is sufficient for salvation. But is that really so?

Christianity is not about living morally, outwardly respectable lives. It is about a personal relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit; this relationship gives us access to God the Father, not simply the living of ‘respectable’ lives.

Does this mean that Christians do not have to be concerned about morality or how they live? Absolutely not. Paul continually reminds Christians to live lives that are irreproachable morally (Ephesians, chapters 4 & 5). However, this springs from a relationship with Jesus Christ, not from any innate human goodness. Moral fruits of life come from the Holy Spirit as we yield our lives to God through Jesus, as we read in the header scripture.

It does not matter how respectable or moral people appear, if their lives are not in Christ, it will avail them nothing at the judgment. As Christians we have a relationship with Him that must be maintained through constant commitment, prayer and Bible study. Through these things the Spirit will work with us, whatever our situation, to produce the holy fruit of living for God.

Paul sums up all of this in Galatians 5:22-25. He connects the fruit of the Spirit to our belonging to Jesus, and living and walking in the Spirit. We never do this perfectly but He forgives our sins and redeems our lives as we walk in Him (1 John 1:9).

Prayer
Eternal Father, thank you that in Christ we are forgiven when we sin. Thank you for your Spirit, which produces your fruits in us as we walk in Him.
Amen

Study by Cliff Marsh
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About the Author:
Clifford Marsh attends the Lewes congregation of Grace Communion International. He is currently studying for an MA in Theology.
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Grace Communion – Lewes
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