Through the resurrection we are saved and called to a holy life. To be saved means to be forgiven of all of our sins, to be welcomed into God’s family, and to be assured of an eternal home with him when we die. Those are the privileges of the Good News of Jesus. But (according to the verse below, as well as 1 Peter 1:3-16 which we looked at on Sunday) we also have a responsibility: to live a holy life. Holiness is not primarily about being more “religious,” but about living a life that is different—different from those around us, from our friends and family, and from our old selves. The two (salvation and holiness) go hand in hand.
2 Timothy 1:9-10 - He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Both the word “saved” and “holy” are often misunderstood and can even have negative connotations. If saved means “rescued,” and holy means “different,” how does this compare with the extra baggage that often comes along with these words?
Looking at Scripture:
Read Romans 6:1-14. While Paul doesn’t specifically mention the word holiness, it’s clear that he’s making the same kind of point—God has saved us AND called us to live differently.
Is there any part of this passage that stands out to you? Anything that confuses you?
In a sentence or two, summarize the overall point you think Paul is trying to make in this passage.
Verse 2 says, “we are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Do you think Paul expects believers to be perfectly sinless? If not, what is he talking about?
On Sunday Jeremy talked about noticing the “therefores” when studying the Bible. This important word connects two related ideas and often can help us understand the point the author is trying to make. Find the two “therefores” in this passage and try to identify the sets of ideas that they connect.
Paul talks about baptism as being symbolic of deeper realities of death and resurrection in our lives. Describe your own experience of baptism (if you have one). What does your baptism mean to you now? According to this passage, how should your baptism affect your daily life?
Note: If you haven’t been baptized but would like to be or would like more information, please let Jeremy know!
What do you think verse 14 means? How does being under grace (God’s forgiveness/mercy) free us from the mastery of sin? How does this tie back to verse 1?
Hebrews 12:14 says “Make every effort…to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” One of the big reason we are called to live differently (in a holy way) is so that people around us can come to understand God better. How have you seen this done well? How have you seen it done poorly (Christians living in ways that didn’t properly represent God’s heart and character)?
Where have you seen the pattern of death/resurrection play out in your own spiritual life?
What are some things in your life now you know you need to die to?
Where do you need some resurrection power?
Where is God calling you to greater holiness?