27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.
31 “It was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; 32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Matt 5, NASB Version)
It’s because of hard-hitting passages like the above. 😁 It’s so much easier to read Psalms where you can cry to God with the Psalmist to help you with life’s burdens and cares. But passages like the above from Matthew point us to the Savior in the Bible. We can’t go through life without breaking any of God’s commandments. Because that’s what we are – sinners. But sin leads to entanglements, catastrophic consequences, illnesses and death – true signs that we need a Savior from sin and death – Jesus Christ. We need to receive Him into our hearts so we will have power to overcome sin. We need to be spiritually re-born.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1, NASB)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
(John 3, NASB)
9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3, NASB)
It is this “seed” – a deposit of the Holy Spirit – that comes into us when we receive Jesus into our hearts that gives us the power to overcome sin. This happens when we repent of our sins and make a covenant with Jesus, that in exchange for the life He laid down for you and me on the cross, we lay our own lives in return, promising to obey His commandments in the Bible. Without that commitment of total surrender of our lives and will to Jesus, no Covenant Relationship happens. Of course, we are human and we make mistakes and we break promises. But If the repentance and total turning around is done in all sincerity at one point in one’s life, Jesus recognizes that, and a transaction actually happens. Once that transaction is in place we can still break promises but God doesn’t because He’s the Covenant-keeping God. So, what does that mean? He will always turn you back to the right track to make sure you finish the race of overcoming sin as much as possible to enjoy Eternal Life now and forevermore. That is what it means to be born-again in Christ and to have Eternal Life.
This is also what sets Christianity apart from Religion. All the religions of the world teach us to follow certain rules to achieve Heaven or Immortality. In biblical Christianity God Himself came down and lived among us and imparted a part of Himself to live in us so we can attain Heaven and Eternal Life. God does not just throw at us a list of rules to follow but He Himself dwells in man to enable him to live out those rules and be united with God. As such, Christianity is not a religion, it is being in union with God.
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