All kinds of false doctrines have invaded the Christian church. They have as their foundation the concept that the new covenant does not include deliverance from sinful behavior. One of the foundational truths that I stand on firmly is that our Lord Jesus Christ finished our salvation on the cross. Therefore there is enough in the work of the cross so that my total man can be saved.
I am writing a book called "How Saved Are You." The idea of the book is that the blood of Jesus cleansed us and saved us so all we have to do is believe and by faith receive His life and we will go to Heaven when we die. We are saved to go to heaven but do we look and act like we belong there? Christians explain away and justify to much personal sin in their lives.
We are living in the days when the Lord He is lifting the veil of things that seemed to be a mystery to the church so we can see and understand what is written in His Word. We are beginning to understand that in salvation we changed from a sinful nature and sinful behavior to the moral and righteous image of Christ. We are learning that heaven is not the goal for the Christian. The goal is to please God and to have fellowship with Him. That is only through a faith-walk life.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Salvation is death to the old Adamic sin nature and a call to full deliverance from the stronghold of sin. Then we grow in the full measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. and growth in the moral image of Christ.
Ephesians 4:13 ESV until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
The fruit reveals the root. If I want to know the root of a tree or what kind of tree it is I just look at the fruit. God always looks for fruit wherever Christ has been sown. If the fruit is the righteousness of Christ then the root of the tree is Christ. The fruit God desires is righteousness, holiness, and obedience to God. In other words, the moral and righteous image of Jesus Christ. We will know the root by the fruit.
1 John 3:9-10 ESV No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. (10) By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.