The great paradox is this: to be holy like Christ is holy is impossible through studying the Bible alone (though studying it may very well lead you the person who can make you holy). I can no more make myself holy by my own efforts than I can save my soul by my own efforts. To be holy, as to be saved, is an act of the Holy Spirit by the grace of God made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. “Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.
– Steve Hager “The Quest for the Mind of Christ”