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How Holiness and Righteousness Work

"Arise and Walk!"

 The miracle of Jesus healing a cripple is a picture worth a thousand words.

The healed cripple rising from the sin cursed ground depicts the holy separation from sin. And then as he begins to walk, it is a picture of righteousness represented by a step by step movement of man's heart and mind along the way of God's word.

Can a man be righteous without being holy? If you show me how a man can walk without standing up, then I'll show you how a man can be righteous without being holy.

God's gift of salvation to fallen man through Jesus Christ is: "be healed, arise...and walk"

"Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth." (Col 3:5-8)

and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him-- So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Col.3:10,12-14)

God's design is for our minds to be renewed by His Spirit in the righteousness and true holiness of Christ (Eph.4:23-24)...

"Be Healed...Arise and Walk!


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