“But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. " (Galatians 2:17-18)
Here is something I think is perplexing to younger Christians, the whole concept of the exchanged life vs what we should not endeaver to do, rebuild the old nature that cannot be repaired.
In the words of my friend Jordan D, he often says to me, "Abandon your strength for God's" and the more I walk in Christ the clearer this truth becomes. As a young Christian I had quite the struggle with the concept of "Striving to live victorious in Christ" in contrast to how it ought to be, "Let Christ abide richly in me"
We do not become more righteous by resolving not to sin nearly as much as making it our ambition to love Jesus Christ!
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Does God command we live a righteous and holy life, absolutely! Yet if we are not careful we may revert and digress back to tying to do Christian things and not falling into worldly ways instead of allowing the goodness of The Lord consume our focus.
FOCUS: The focus determines the success of the outcome. You want holiness, you desire a noble Christian thing there and that is wonderful. Yet pursue the entirity of Jesus first and "All these things will be added to you also"
See Colossians 3 and John 15, you will see my point.
Lets sum it up with a metaphor or an analogy: If a man has an old and worn out car that always gives him grief, then he receives a new and much more modern car that is far more luxurious or sporty, and then he gets the wrong idea, and shutter the thought, but he starts taking parts from the new car to repair the old junker. How silly! No one does that in real life, so we must not do so in the Christian life. A mature Christian is no better than a young one, but a mature one knows how to drive in the new car of the Spirit more regularly then the old vehicle called the flesh!!