When we live a life of continued obedient faith in Christ we will not fall from grace and be eternally lost. This life involves the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study and self-denial, as well as openness to the ministry of the Body of Christ through worship, teaching, caring and service. However, obedient faith, although dependent upon human commitment and action, also requires the continued inward working of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:20-21).
Our salvation is assured as long as we continue to exercise faith in Jesus Christ. Such faith is expressed in obedience to his leadings, will and commands. Obedience as a free will choice is a choice of faith, and without it faith dies.
Our conversion inaugurates a journey during which we are being transformed into Christ’s likeness. Thus salvation is neither a state to be preserved nor an insurance policy which requires no further investment. It is the beginning of a pilgrimage with Christ. This pilgrimage requires from us the obedience of separation from sin and consecration to the purposes of God (Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22). This is why ‘obedient faith’ is crucial: it makes pilgrimage possible as we cooperate with God, allowing him to do his work within us. It is completed by God’s deepening action within us to make us holy.
Our Christian pilgrimage is a faith-journey inviting us to a life of discipleship which will be evident in our daily life (Romans 12). Through prayer and the study of God’s word, we grow in our relationship with him. By following Christ we learn to put into practice what we hear through the Spirit. We grow in obedience and faithfulness to God (2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 5:1-5). We begin to discover that obedient faith is given by God’s grace, rather than achieved by our superlative efforts.
We become aware of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.