“I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing, for to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find not” (Rom. 7:18). “For I have sinned and come short of the glory of the Lord” (Rom. 3:23). “For there is none righteous, no not one” (Rom. 3:10). “For all my righteousness is as filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6).

“In times past I walked according to the course of this world” (Eph. 2:2), but “when I was without strength, in due time Christ died for me, the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6). “For God so loved me that He gave His only begotten Son that if I would believe in Him, I would not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn me, but that I through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

So “by grace I am saved through faith, and that not of myself, it was a gift of God, not of works lest I should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). “And now I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that I should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). “Not by works of righteousness which I have done, but according to His mercy hath he saved me …” (Titus 3:5). Now, “I have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:14). “By one Spirit I have been baptized into one Body …” (1 Cor. 12:13), because “I trusted in Him after that I heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of my salvation; in whom also after that I believed, I was sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of my inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:13-14).

Now I am “complete in Him which is the head of all principality and power” (Col. 2:10), and I am a member of the one “church which is His Body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all” (Eph. 1:22-23). I, “therefore, … should walk worthy of the vocation wherewith I am called” (Eph. 4:1), and do my part to “make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery …” (Eph. 3:9). Now I should “seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God, and set my affections on things above, not on things on this earth” (Col. 3:1-2).
“God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal. 6:14). “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).