SALVATION IS NEVER ABOUT YOUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, BUT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT GOD FREELY GIVES TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Rom 3:21-23) “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
NOT ONLY DO WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST, BUT WE ARE ALSO MADE HOLY.
(Hebrews 2:11) “Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.”
AFTER WE ARE MADE HOLY AND RECEIVED THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST, WE ARE EXPECTED SHARE IN HIS HOLINESS AND MANIFEST THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE IN OUR LIVES.
DISCIPLINE IS A NECESSARY COMPONENT TO BRING FORTH A HARVEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SHARE IN HIS HOLINESS. IT IS ALSO DONE FOR US TO HAVE A CHARACTER READY FOR GREATER BLESSINGS.
(Hebrews 12:10-11) Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines (paideia – child-train) us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!