Human Will Cannot Produce Holiness
In the churches, on the TV, on discussion boards, we are bombarded with teachings that claim man must help God in order to achieve his own salvation. Some say, "We must cooperate with God." Others say, "We must submit our will to God."
Paul said, "I can will what is right, but I cannot do it."
With one simple statement, Paul sweeps away the whole idea that human will can produce holiness. No matter how many years we go at it, no matter how hard we try, human will is destined to produce one result --- failure.
Holiness is manifested by virtue of God's presence within. Nothing else. It is automatic and effortless. The vine and the branches provide an excellent example. The life-giving sustenance flows through the vine into the branches where the fruit is manifested. The branch does nothing to aid in the process --- except exist.
And so it is with us. The Living Water flows steadily and continually outward from within. It needs no help from man. It cannot be hindered, it cannot be hurried. "The Wind blows where it wills."
The branch known as you is loaded with agape, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.