Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. nkjv

A striking question was asked by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 33 vs 14-15.. "who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burnings?" He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe, he who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil" 

God is the consuming fire talked about here, so basically, the question was, "who can live in God"? Notice that the qualification to dwell in God's presence was by the works of a person. I.e to live righteously and uprightly and so on. But then, no man in flesh could attain this, and so nobody dwelt in God's presence. (They only came in and went out of His presence at times. They never dwelt there). 

But God in His mercies and love brought salvation to us, qualifying us to live in Him; because we are now born again, according to His nature of righteousness. So He qualified us to live in Him, as a work of His sovereignty. Now because of that nature in us, we are fully fit, and able to and expected to live righteously and uprightly. And so we should.

Thus our righteous living (our works) are not the yardstick for dwelling in God, but are rather a product, a fruit of being made qualified to dwell in Him. He is the vine, and we are the branches. We should abide in Him continually, so that we can keep bearing fruit. That's how God is glorified through us! Hallelujah (John 15:1-8). Don't stop abiding, so that you'll remain in Him. You're blessed. Remain on the Word and in prayers.-TCF

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