|John 5:14 |
14 Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "Behold, you are made whole; sin no more for fear that something worse may happen to you."1 [Something worse is Hell. In the beginning, your sins are forgiven if you: 1) have remorse for those things you have done, and 2) you stop doing them. Turning from evil as best we can, is prerequisite to sincerely seeking God and his salvation. See Forgiveness Explained for more. He gives us serious warnings about continuing to sin; He tells us to sin no more; so He obviously has provided a way to comply, which is the inward cross of self-denial. Now, many people cannot believe that Jesus meant "perfect" when he said, "Therefore, be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect." Mat 5:48; but was it not the same when Jesus said, "sin no more"?]
1 sin no more for fear that something worse may happen to you. Everyone talks about how Jesus is so forgiving; true, but after forgiveness he says, sin no more!
To the adulteress: Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more. John 8:11
To one healed: Behold, you are made whole; sin no more for fear that something worse may happen to you. John 5:14
The something worse that may happen to you is called Hell.
Christendom doesn't have a clue how to be freed from sin, and pretends it is impossible. Christendom has forgotten the only way — the inward cross of self-denial.
But Jesus said: Sin no more! and Repent or perish! [and lose you soul].
Now many people cannot believe that Jesus meant "perfect" when he said, Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect, Mat 5:48; but isn't Jesus saying the same thing when he says, sin no more?