7. After I am saved, should I go on living any way I please?
The Bible asks that very question and then answers it for us: "WHAT SHALL WE SAY, THEN? SHALL WE CONTINUE IN SIN THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND? GOD FORBID..."! (Romans 6:1, 2, 15)
We who have been saved by the grace of God have been baptized (placed into) Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit Himself baptizes us (places us) into Christ--into His death, burial, and resurrection-- the moment we believe the gospel. This baptism is the operation of God. Be assured that this is NOT water baptism because the verses say "INTO CHRIST," not "into water." (I Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 2:10-13)
The importance of this is to teach us how it is and why it is that God the Father sees us as righteous. He sees us in His Son, who is righteous. This relationship with Jesus Christ makes us secure and saved, but it also makes us (each one) a member of the "BODY OF CHRIST (His called out people), and--as His Body--we ought to serve Jesus Christ, who is our head. (Romans 6:3-6, 11-13, 19-23)
We have been saved to serve God. We are not saved by our works, but the Bible says we are saved "unto good works. The love that God displayed to us at the cross--and through saving us by His grace--works in our heart to motivate us to desire to please and serve Him who loved us so. We ought to serve Him--not because we have to (to get to heaven) but because we want to--seeing that He saved us when we were so undeserving. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 12: 1,2; Titus 2:11-14)