The character of the redeemed will not be transformed when they get to heaven. The transformation of character is to take place here on earth. Life is a God given opportunity to develop the Christian character by His grace. For the Lord says to His children, “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16).
Christ did not come to save us in sin but from sin (1 John 1:7). The Lord gives us not just forgiveness of sin but also victory over it. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The Lord is constantly working to “purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:14).
Through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, every Christian is to “cleanses himself … be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” (2nd Timothy 2:21).
Paul admonishes the believers to even perfect their character by God’s grace, “…let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
But how can Christians achieve holiness?
The Lord promises, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).
It is by faith in God’s promise, that Christians can become partakers of the divine nature, and through the power of that new nature, they may be able to escape the corruption of sin. In other words, everything depends on their surrender and commitment to the indwelling Spirit of Christ. “Without me,” Jesus said, “ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).
As long as the believers stay connected to God through daily study of His Word and prayer, they can experience victory. “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…” (John 15:5).
At that point, Christians can declare triumphantly, we “can do all things through Christ which strengthens” us (Philippians 4:13). The phrase “All things” means power over drugs, immorality, appetite, pride, and every sin that would rob him from eternal life.
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