Titus 3:5-7 How Salvation Works Pt. 3: Grace Makes Us New
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How do you live a holy life? How do you have victory over your sin and live a life that’s glorifying to God?
For most Christians, its will power.
They try their hardest, have some level of success, but eventually they fall into that sin again.
They fail. Again.
And sometimes it feels like they can’t do anything but fail, and they will always be a slave to their sin.
But that’s not how the Bible commands us to live a holy life.
The only way for a Christian to live a godly life is by the power of the Holy Spirit.
But even that poses its own problems. How do we walk by the Spirit?
The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is so confused and filled with bad teaching, that most Christians just throw their hands up and say, “I don’t know.”
Is walking by a Spirit just an emotional high?
Am I just supposed to find a guy in a white suit and fall down when he waves his hand at me?
What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit?
For most Christians, the Holy Spirit and His work feels like its too ethereal, too out there, so what happens is that we cut ourselves off from the very power God has given us to live a holy life.
The Big Idea of Titus 3:5-7 is...
Through Christ, the Holy Spirit renews us to live a holy life.
Through Christ, the Holy Spirit renews us to live a holy life.
This passage is all about salvation. All about God saving us by his grace according to his own mercy.
And when God saves us, the Bible says, he makes us a New Creation.
Part of that New Creation means we are born again.
That is the washing of regeneration.
We are forgiven! Its done its over. there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
But sadly, many Christians are taught that that is all salvation is.
That God’s ultimate plan, ultimate goal is little more than eternal fire insurance.
That Salvation merely means your sins are forgiven.
So here’s what happens. Christians are born again. They love God. They hate sin. But they keep doing it.
They keep sinning and sinning and sinning all while begging God, please free me from this!
Then they pick themselves up and keep going but when the fail and give into sin again, they start to think the problem is they aren’t strong enough or that good doesn‘t Love them or he’s mad at them.
So you get a bunch of Christians that hate their sin, know God hates their sin, know they need to put it to death, but feel absolutely helpless to do so.
This is where the second pillar of the New Creation comes in because the Holy Spirit doesn’t just give us the New Birth, He also gives us a New Life.
God doesn’t abandon us and say, “Ok. You’re forgiven. Figure it out.”
No. He gives us the renewal of the Holy Spirit. He works in us the power to put our sin to death and live a holy life.
This is part of salvation. So many Christians think that they are forgiven, justified by God’s grace only to turn around and think that sanctification falls on them.
That God did the heavy lifting in “saving them,” and now its up to them, their strength, their will power to live a holy life.
My hope for us today is that all of us would experience the freedom God promised us in Jesus Christ.
That you would know how you can live a holy life by the power of the Holy Spirit and put your sin to death.
That you would stop white-knuckling your sanctification trying to will yourself to holiness, and instead depend on God’s amazing grace that he generously gives us through the Holy Spirit.
Are you tired? Do you feel like no matter what you do you can’t get rid of that sin? That holiness and a godly life are impossible for you?
I have good news. God has not abandoned you. He has not left you. He has not forgotten you.
He has filled you with the Holy Spirit to work in you what you cannot do yourself.
To renew you from the heart and free you from your sin and conform you to the image of Christ.
Let’s begin with point number 1...
I. Renewal is the Fulfillment of the New Covenant
I. Renewal is the Fulfillment of the New Covenant
Titus 3:5-6 He saved us…by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
The first question we need to be asking is what does it mean to be renewed? What exactly is the renewal that the Holy Spirit is working in us?
We need to remember, outside of Christ we were dead in our trespasses and sins. Spiritually dead.
Ephesians 4:18 we were darkened in our understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that was in us, due to our hardness of heart.
And that’s the key right there.
In our sin, man has a hard heart. Zechariah 7:12 says we have made our hearts diamond hard.
When God created us to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, because of sin nothing in us loved him.
In fact, we hated him. Jesus says we loved darkness rather than the light.
And because of that none is righteous, no, not one. No one seeks God. Fears God. Or cares about God at all (Rom. 3:10-18).
We loved our sin, and our dead stony hearts made us slaves to the very sin that only brings us death.
This is why we need to be born again. This is why we need the New Birth.
But God’s grace doesn’t stop there.
If sin really is the death and corruption that God says it is, Then God would’ve been cruel to forgive all our sins only to leave us wallowing in the filth of them.
What kind of Father would let their children kill themselves? Would let their children drink poison that robs them of life, joy, happiness, blessing and peace?
This is where renewal comes in.
God doesn’t just forgive all of our sin through the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He also gives us the Holy Spirit to renew us from the heart and free us from our slavery to sin.
Where we once had dead stony hearts that thirsted only for the poison of our sin, God has given us new hearts that thirst for holiness, righteousness and the glory of Christ.
This is true for every Christian. God has given you a new heart and filled you with the Holy Spirit because that is what God promised in Christ under the New Covenant.
When Jesus gave us the Lord’s Supper, he held up the cup and said This is my blood of the covenant. What covenant? The New Covenant.
Jesus was saying through my death, God is going to pour out all of the blessings of the New Covenant that he promised so long ago.
Well what are those blessings? Look at Hebrews 8:7-12.
Hebrews 8:7-12 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
8 For he finds fault with them when he says:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
9 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
We need to stop right there. The first covenant is the Old Covenant. The Mosaic Covenant. The Law.
God gave Israel the Law to show them how to live as his holy people. What it actually looked like to worship God and worship God alone.
But Hebrews says something interesting. It says this first covenant was faulty.
Faulty? How could that be? Didn’t God make it? If he is all knowing, all powerful, all holy, how did he make a faulty covenant?
Well, the fault wasn’t in the covenant itself. The fault was in the hearts of God’s people.
Hear how Paul described the Law.
Romans 7:12-13 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? In other words, was there some fault inherent in the Law that God gave? Paul says, By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
According to Paul, the Law, the Old Covenant, was not faulty in itself. It was faulty because of us.
It was faulty because our sinful hearts loved sin more than God.
The very commandment that promised life proved to be death (Rom. 7:10) because it was impossible for us to keep it.
It wasn’t faulty because of God, and it wasn’t faulty because it was unfair or too difficult.
It was faulty because of our sinfulness.
The Law reveals just how sinful we really are.
Even when promised all the life, blessing, protection we could ever hope for, our wandering hearts will eventually find their way back to our sin.
That’s why we needed a New Covenant. That’s why we needed renewal so that we could worship God and live lives that pleasing to him.
And that’s exactly what God did. Verse 10...
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.”
God promises three things in the New Covenant.
First he promised to forgive all of our sins.
I will be merciful toward their iniquities and remember their sins no more.
Second, he promised that all his people will Know the Lord. Why is that significant?
The natural man doesn’t understand the things of God. They are folly to him.
We are blind to God and his glory, and because of that we live for sin.
But when God changes us, adopts us, and opens our eyes to his glory we see him for who he really is.
The Sovereign God who is worthy of all of our worship.
This is why God promises in Habbakuk 2:14 to fill the earth with the knowledge of his glory as the waters cover the sea. Because when men know God and his glory, the worship God and give him the glory that is due to his name.
Finally God promised to put his law into our minds and write them on our hearts.
In other words, God makes us know his law and his will by putting it into our minds, and he makes us actually want his law and desire his will by writing it on our hearts.
In the New Covenant God answers the fault of the Old.
We couldn’t keep the Law because our hearts were diamond hard to God and his Word.
So God sent his Son to keep the Law on our behalf. Jesus lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to God.
He fulfilled the righteous requirement of the Law when we couldn’t, and then he paid the punishment we deserved for breaking it by dying on the cross.
Under the Old Covenant, animal sacrifices had to be offered again, and again, and again, and again. Why?
Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Hebrews 10:4).
But Christ’s blood cleanses us once and for all, and opens the blessings of the New Covenant for everyone that puts their faith in him.
Through Christ, God gives us an eternal redemption. An everlasting forgiveness where he remembers our sin no more.
But, more than that, he also frees us from our slavery to sin through the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
Every born again believer wants to live a holy life. We hate our sin. We want to let it go, but it just feels like sometimes we can’t.
And if it gets really bad, we start to believe that we will never be free. That we are still slaves. And all of that holiness, and godliness, and joy filled life stuff, must be for other Christians. Just not us.
But what has God promised us in the New Covenant? Not just forgiveness but renewal.
These promises are yours in Christ. You are new. You are freed from sin. You do have the Holy Spirit who empowers you to walk in the newness of life.
I believe one of the main reasons many Christians feel like they can’t live a holy life, like godliness is always beyond their reach, is because their faith is in themselves.
They think its all on them and their only power or help is themselves.
But our help comes from the Lord. And he has already given all things necessary for life and godliness.
He has given us a new heart. New Desires. The knowledge of him. Forgiveness. And the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
The first part of the battle is believing that’s true. That’s why the Bible says put on the New Self. Stop trying to please God in your own strength and power.
Lean on him. Trust in him. Say God, Let my life be a glorious display of all that you accomplished in Christ.
Half the battle is believing what God said and what God did and living by faith in those promises.
When you hear condemnation that says, you can’t do this, you’re a screw up, you can’t be godly, God doesn’t love you preach to yourself the good news of the New Covenant.
I can’t. That’s why Jesus came and died. That’s why God filled me with the Holy Spirit.
And he is working in me to do what I can’t do on my own.
And if that’s what Renewal is, the next question you might be asking is, what does renewal actually look like?
What does it look like in my day in, day out life?
That’s point number 2...
II. Renewal Leads to a New Life
II. Renewal Leads to a New Life
So here’s where we are at so far.
Spiritual Renewal is a work of the Holy Spirit. It is something God does and works in us to fulfill the promises of the new covenant.
When God saves us, he doesn’t just forgive us, but he frees us from our sin.
He gives us a new heart and new desires so that we are no longer driven by the passions and desires of our old fallen nature, but we now have the power to walk in the newness of life.
That’s the theological truth. The objective fact of what God has done through Christ.
But the question we should be asking is what does that renewal actually look like?
Through Christ, by the power of the Spirit, God transforms us. He makes us born again a New Creation, but what does it look like for that to move from theological fact to practical life?
In other words, how does God expect this new nature, this new life, this renewal to play out in the lives of the people he has saved?
I think the key to answering that is on the word Renewal.
Paul uses different forms of this word a lot.
He says our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Co 4:16.
That we are to put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Col 3:10.
And that we are to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. Eph. 4:23.
But those are all verbs. They are actions. And you should notice that they are passive verbs. Meaning we are not the main actor. God is. God is the one renewing us. We don’t renew ourselves.
But the specific word Paul uses in Titus 3 is not a verb. Its not an action. Its a noun. Its a word describing what a thing is. And Paul uses this word only one other time in Scripture, and that’s Romans 12:1-2.
So if we want to understand what this renewal of the Holy Spirit is, the key is to understand what Paul says that renewal is in Romans 12:1-2.
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
The first thing you need to see when you read this passage is the word therefore. When Paul says therefore he’s pointing back to everything he’s said in Romans.
And if you know the book all he has been talking about is the gospel.
The good news that Jesus Christ saved us from our sin by offering himself as a propitiation, a sacrifice that satisfies the wrath of God and he rose again three days later so that we too might rise from death to life spiritually, and one day physically through faith in him.
What that means is, obedience to the gospel, a godly life, is not a way to earn salvation it is a response to salvation. Because God saved us, we obey.
And that’s what Paul says. by the mercies of God, Thats similar to our passage where Paul says God saved us according to his own mercy. And because of God’s mercy, in other words the only right response to God’s grace in Christ is to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Paul is saying something radical that we often miss.
When you brought a sacrifice to the altar, the animal would have to be killed. It would need to die to take the place of the sinner offering the sacrifice.
In this way all the OT sacrifices pointed to Christ who was the once for all substitutionary sacrifice. The true forgiveness and redemption from sin.
But Paul says we are to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice. We were dead in our sin, but now we are alive.
And because our sin has been paid for in Christ and we have died in him, the sacrifice that God now wants is not one that pays for sin, but one that honors him.
The sacrifice God wants from everyone who has put their faith in Christ is a life of service to him. A godly life.
That’s why Paul says offer your bodies. He doesn’t just mean your physical body. He means offer your whole person. Everything you are.
All that you are and all that you do. Everything is to be offered as a living sacrifice for the glory of God.
This holy and acceptable or pleasing to God. And a godly life, a life lived in every way for the glory of God is our spiritual worship.
Worship isn’t just what we do on Sundays. Worship is all of life. All of our life is for Christ and his glory.
Then in verse 2, Paul describes what it means to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice as spiritual worship to God, and he gives us two sides of a coin. One is negative, one is positive.
Negatively, he says do not be conformed to this world.
The word world, in Greek, is actually the word age.
And in Gal. 1:4, Paul says Jesus gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age.
It is the world system that hates God, wants nothing to do with God, and rebels against God at every turn.
That’s what the Bible means when it talks about the world. Its the Fallen world. The Old Creation.
Paul calls Satan in 2 Corinthians the god of this world who has blinded the minds of unbelievers. 2 Cor. 4:4.
That doesn’t mean Satan rules the earth. Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him.
Jesus doesn’t share his throne with Satan. The nations belong to him.
What it means is that Satan rules this world system, this present age. The whole world, all the rebellion, and darkness, and hatred of God lies in the hands of the evil one (1 John 5:19).
So when Paul says do not be conformed to this world, he’s saying the same thing he said in Ephesians, do not follow the course of this world (Eph 2:2).
As New Creations filled with the Holy Spirit, we should not look like the world. Our goals, values, desires, hopes dreams should not fall in line with the present evil age.
We do not belong to the Old fallen world. We are New Creations who belong to the New Heavens and New Earth where righteousness dwells (2 Pt. 3:13).
That is how God expects us to live. The world is trying to fit us into its mold. That’s what conformed means.
But God has called us to be salt and light. To be distinct from the world, transformed by the grace of God to walk in holiness, righteousness, and truth and not in darkness, rebellion, and sin.
And that’s the positive side of the coin.
Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice means we are not conformed to this world, but instead we are transformed by the renewal of our minds.
Again, notice the passive verb. We are to be transformed. This is something God does in us.
And we are to be transformed to live a New Life, by the renewal of our minds.
Now on its face you might read that and assume that we are transformed by our intellect. That if we just know the right facts, we will be changed.
But how often are you struggling with some sin, and you say, “I know what is right. I know what God wants me to do. I just don’t know why I don’t do it.”
What Paul is talking about here is something deeper then just all the thoughts going around in our brains.
The word Paul uses for mind has the sense of understanding. A way of thinking. Its a worldview.
A worldview doesn’t just speak to what you know to be true and false. It also speaks to what you value. What you desire. What you define as good for your life.
That’s why all of us live out of our worldview.
Our life, what we do, is a direct outflow of what we understand the good life to be.
If our way of thinking says that the most desirable life is one of wealth, comfort and ease, we will sacrifice everything else to get it.
We will work longer hours. Sacrifice our family for that promotion. Love money and find all of our life and happiness in our bank account.
But if our way of thinking says that God and his Kingdom are most valuable, our lives will reflect that worldview.
Church will be a priority. We will work hard at our jobs as to the Lord, but we will also work hard to raise our families. And our joy will not be in the things of this world, but in the things of God.
So when Paul says be transformed by the Renewal of your mind, he is saying be transformed by the renewal of your way of thinking which includes both your mind and your heart. Your whole person.
The same mind and heart that have been renewed by the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant.
Here’s what all that means. Do not be conformed to this present, evil world’s way of thinking and living. Don’t follow the norm. Don’t live your life just like everybody else.
Instead be transformed. Be salt and light. Live out your new heart. Your new desires.
Put on the new man. Take off the Old. Put on Christ by the power of the Spirit.
The renewal of the Holy Spirit is a transformation to a Kingdom worldview. Where our values and desires, our ways of thinking and living reflect the Kingdom of God, and not the domain of darkness that surrounds us.
The result of this transformation, this work of the Spirit is that we are able to test and discern what is the will of God.
Test and discern is actually one word in Greek. And the idea is that we would be able to figure out what God’s will is in any given situation, what is good and acceptable and perfect, and then approve of that.
In other words, say that’s what I want to do. I want to follow God’s will.
That is the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
It is a New Life of spiritual worship.
Where we no longer live according to the pattern of this world. We follow the course of God’s Kingdom.
The old has passed away, the new has come.
The Holy Spirit transforms us and writes God’s law on our hearts and minds so that we so that we are no longer slaves to our passions and desires, darkened in our understanding alienated from the life of God (Eph 4:18).
We have a new worldview, a new outlook on life that is conformed to God and his Kingdom and this transformation leads to a New Life where our highest good and the thing we want most is the will of God.
The Renewal of the Holy Spirit, first fulfills the promises of the New Covenant.
Second, from that fulfillment leads to a new life of spiritual worship.
And finally if we are going to life a godly life by the power of the Spirit, we must remember point number 3...
III. Renewal is the Work of the Holy Spirit
III. Renewal is the Work of the Holy Spirit
Titus 3:5-7 God saved us…by the renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom we poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Here’s what inevitably happens. We believe God has made us a New Creation. That he has given us a new heart with new desires in the New Covenant.
We know that that New Creation is supposed to work itself out in a New Life of spiritual worship where we follow the will of God out of the genuine desire to follow the will of God.
But then real life hits. We stumble into sin. There are times where it feels like God is distant, we are on our own, and try as we might, we still feel like we want our sin more than God.
What gives? Is God not true? Are these promises for other Christians? Super Christians? More loved Christians?
I think there are two things. First, it is all too easy for us to forget that God really has filled us with the Holy Spirit. He is the seal and guarantee of our promised inheritance.
And second, that Renewal is a work of the Spirit. Not a work of our flesh.
Look at what Paul says. God has poured on us richly the Holy Spirit.
There are two things significant about this statement.
The first is tied to the phrase poured out.
That is the same phrase God used when he promised the Holy Spirit in the prophet Joel and the same phrase Peter quotes at Pentecost.
When the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in power to carry out the Great Commission Peter said...
Acts 2:16-18 This is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “ ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
And here’s what I want you to see in that. Paul says that the Holy Spirit was poured out on us.
He includes himself in this prophecy of Joel. And here’s why that’s significant.
If you know anything about Paul, he was not a disciple at Pentecost. In fact he was a persecutor of the church.
And yet, he says the Holy Spirit was poured out on us.
That means, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is not limited to Pentecost. God pours out his Spirit every single time someone believes in Jesus Christ.
That means that you have the same Holy Spirit, and the same outpouring that the Apostles had at Pentecost.
We can read the Bible, and think how amazing would it have been to be filled with the Spirit like that. They changed the world.
Dear Christian, in Christ you are filled with the Spirit like that.
In fact, God says you are filled with the Spirit richly.
We know we are called to live a holy life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The problem is, most Christians assume that God has only poured out on them a small drip. That if the power of the Holy Spirit is like a faucet, God has turned the spout just so a trickle of water flows out.
But that’s not what God says. He has poured out the Holy Spirit on us richly.
If you are in Christ, you have the fullness of the Holy Spirit. God has equipped every Christian by the Holy Spirit for a life of godliness and the work of the Kingdom.
You don’t have to try and convince God to give you the Holy Spirit. He already has. And the Spirit now lives in you renewing you day by day to make you more like Christ.
So that’s the first thing. God has not held back from you any measure of the Spirit. He has poured him out on you richly through Jesus Christ.
But the second thing we need to remember is that this New Life is the work of the Spirit in us. It is not a work we do in our own strength or power.
Romans 8:11-13 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
The only way to live a holy life is by the power of the Spirit.
That’s why the Bible says be filled with the Spirit or walk by the Spirit. That’s what its talking about.
If you walk by the Spirit, you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Gal. 5:16).
Now that sounds good. But how do you do that? How do you walk by the Spirit? That seems so ethereal, so out there. I want to! I want to live a Spirit-filled life, but I don’t know how.
Well let me give you my humble opinion of how this works itself out in my life.
First and foremost, you have to stop trying to white-knuckle your own holiness.
This seems so counter intuitive. We are called to put our sin to death. How do we not do everything we can grit are teeth and make it happen.
But here’s the thing. Our sanctification is just as much a work of God’s grace as our justification.
We can’t sanctify ourselves, because if we could who would get the glory?
We would. We would look at our life and our holiness and say look how good I’ve done.
But we do not save ourselves by our works. Even in sanctification.
The first thing that we need to believe is that sanctification really is the work of the Spirit, not a work of our strength or our will power.
Like Paul said. I do the very thing I hate. Oh wretched man that I am who will save me from this body of death!
His answer? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ. God saves us through the work of Christ who gives us the Holy Spirit Romans 7:24-25.
So here’s what it looks like. When I come to some sin or temptation, some besetting sin I just can’t seem to get rid of, I go to Christ in prayer and I say...
God, I’m broken. I’m weak and sinful and I can’t kill this sin. And if I were really honest, part of me doesn’t even want to.
But God you have given me a new heart with new desires, and I pray that you will help me live out who I am in Christ.
My life is yours. I want all of my life to be given to you in spiritual worship.
But God, unless you work a miracle in me right now, by the power of your Spirit, I will still be enslaved to this sin.
You are my only hope. I can’t do it. But you can. Please save me and deliver me from temptation and live a life that glorifies Christ.
And I pray and rely on God until he answers me.
And then when temptations comes we preach the truth to ourselves. That’s not who I am. That’s not my identity in Christ. That’s not what God saved me for.
Holy Spirit Conform me to Christ. Make me more like Jesus. And then, by the power of the Spirit, we grow in holiness.
I don’t tell you that to point to me and say look how awesome I am.
I tell you that to say I am weak. But God in his grace helps me in my weakness, just like he will help you in yours.
If any of us live a godly life, it won’t be because of us. It will be because of God through the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
Because from beginning to end God saves us by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification are all meant to show how gracious God is towards sinners.
You can live a holy life. You can have joy and victory over sin.
Not by your power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Through Christ, the Holy Spirit renews us to live a holy life.
Through Christ, the Holy Spirit renews us to live a holy life.
Renewal fulfills the New Covenant promises of God to change us from the heart into a holy people who obey out of worship for him.
Renewal always leads to a New Life where we turn from sin and the world to live out the new desires God is working in.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).
The Christian life is all about working out what God is working in.
And this life of Renewal, this life of spiritual worship is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a work of grace, not our flesh.
Like God himself says,
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Ephesians 3:14-21 I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.