8244 ethics, and grace

8244 ethics, and grace

Ethical conduct on the part of believers rests upon both the grace of God and human obedience.

People are unable to fulfil the law of God without divine grace

Mt 15:19 pp Mk 7:21-22 Ro 7:14-15 See also Ge 6:5; 1Ki 8:46; Ps 51:5; Ps 64:6; Isa 53:6; Ro 1:21; Ro 3:23; Gal 3:22; 1Jn 1:8

Ethical conduct also depends on human obedience

Dt 26:16; Php 2:12 See also Dt 4:40; Dt 6:17; Jos 1:8; Jos 22:5; 1Ki 2:3; 1Ki 11:38; 2Ki 17:13; Jer 7:23; Mt 5:48; Mt 7:21; Mt 19:17; Ro 6:19; 2Co 7:1; 1Ti 6:11; 2Pe 1:5-7; 2Pe 3:14; 1Jn 3:3

God assists believers’ethical endeavours

He enlightens their minds Ps 119:130 See also Dt 4:1; Ps 119:144; Pr 6:23; Mic 6:8; Ro 7:7; 1Co 2:12-14

He gives them his Spirit Gal 5:16 See also Eze 36:27; Jn 14:15-17; Ro 8:3-5,9,13; Gal 5:22-23; 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:2

He gives them spiritual resources 2Pe 1:3 See also 1Ki 8:58; Ps 19:13; Jn 15:5; 1Co 10:13; Eph 6:11,13; Php 2:13; 2Ti 1:7; Heb 2:18; Jas 4:6

God will bring believers to ethical perfection

He will deliver them from the power of sin Ro 7:24-25 See also 1Co 1:8; Eph 4:24; Col 3:10; Php 1:6; 1Th 3:13; Jude 24

He will make them like Jesus Christ 1Jn 3:2 See also Ro 8:29; 2Co 3:18

He is preparing them for a righteous existence 2Pe 3:13 See also Mt 13:41-43; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:15

See also

3233Holy Spirit & sanctification
6020sin
6666grace
6744sanctification
8206Christlikeness
8320perfection
8453obedience
9160new heavens & new earth

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