Believers are given the Holy Spirit who continually makes intercession for us–and yet we’re still told to “pray continually” and “continue instant in prayer.”
Believers are saved by grace through faith not by good works–yet we are told to have “patient continuance in well-doing.”
Believers are forgiven of all sin and made righteous and holy–and yet we are told to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit.”
Believers are set free from the Law–and yet are told to “fulfill the Law of Christ” and to love one another, which is the fulfillment of the Law.
Human minds have trouble accepting two seemingly opposed thoughts. So, Christianity, being made up of humans, most of whom have minds, has divided into three camps:
1) The camp that takes the first part of each of the above points–it’s all about Christ, I’m out and He becomes responsible, not me. All I did was show up at the right time.
2) The camp that takes the second part of each of the above points–it’s all about me. Christ did fine things but I really need to help Him out to make sure it really took.
3) The camp that takes both sides of each of the points above and lives by faith. Reckoning the work of Christ to be true and then endeavoring to make it real in practical living.
Count me in Camp 3.