Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love
Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
God’s goal in redemption was to restore both righteousness and holiness within man’s nature which is what we become as new creations in Christ Ephesians 4:24. This was the main reason for His grace which accomplished what we could never do on our own. God’s goal is still holiness which is now made possible by God’s empowering grace Ephesians 1:4.
Some portray grace in ways contrary to Scripture such as:
1) As a total change in God’s standard
2) That there is no standard
3) That the high holy moral standards of God have been adapted down.
These ways of viewing grace are a perversion of grace and not the true grace of God 1 Peter 5:12. The book of Jude gives us a warning of what crept into the Church in his day of an altering of grace into meaning we can live with no restraints, “For there are certain men crept in unawares (enter in secretly, stealthily, settle in alongside), who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning (to alter, to change over, to transform) the grace of our God into lasciviousness (license; excess; unbridled lust), and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ Jude 4.”
The truth is that the moral standards of both the Old Testament and the New Testament come from God’s character and His character never changes, it is immutable or unchangeable. There are moral standards under grace but the glory of His grace is that it empowers us to meet any standard in His Word. Let’s rebel against totally changing the standard, saying there is no standard, or adapting down God’s high holy standards to the sin sick culture of the world around us. The morality of the Bible is only possible by grace but since we have all been given grace as Christians, let’s be moral. Yes, we can be holy.