Obviously, we don’t save ourselves. We can’t become holy by self-effort. However, we can submit to the Holy Spirit and let Him work. That is, we can stop fighting against the Holy Spirit and His working in our lives. Then, He transforms us from glory to glory.
<quote from Real Faith & Reason> “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.” (Proverbs 16:3 American King James Version) So God tells us to sanctify (purify) the Lord God in our hearts. “Hearts,” as the word appears here [in 1 Peter 3:15], doesn’t refer to the physical organ that pumps blood through our bodies, but rather, it speaks of our innermost beings. “For out of the heart are the issues of life.” “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify [purify] you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 Berean Study Bible) The word that’s translated as “soul,” here is also translated “heart,” “mind,” or “life” in other verses. And Paul was in travail as the Holy Spirit was forming Christ in the hearts of the Galatians. (Galatians 4:19) Scripture speaks of Christ in us, which is the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) But each of us also has a fallen, carnal, brute-beast mind that causes us to make mistakes and draws us into temptation. That means there’s need for purification, but what are we purifying? As the Scripture says, we purify the Lord God in our hearts, but isn’t He pure already? Of course He’s pure. However, we aren’t pure because each of us has an impure sinful nature, and God is serious about overcoming our sinful natures. He’s our wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and freedom from sin. We purify Him in our hearts, and purification gives clarity and discernment. Purification defines the line between God’s revelation and the flesh’s lying illusions. In essence, purification removes the fleshly sarx carnal nature. Purification is the removal of the fleshly veil. </end quote> #RealFaith&Reason Have you read this FREE book yet? “Real Faith & Reason” gives the absolutely certain proof of the Bible and the God of the Bible and shows how you can have real faith. This is faith that changes situations and transfigures you from glory to glory. http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf