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Sin No More – No More Sin

Could it be that Jesus was just saying “be condemned no more”, “you’re free from sin”? John records 2 instances of where Jesus commanded “sin no more”.

“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

He asked the woman caught in adultery “where are those accusers?” Did Jesus not tell the Jews, “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is ONE WHO ACCUSES YOU —MOSES, in whom you trust.” John 5:45

They accused her according to the law of Moses.

In John 5 we read about a lame man whom Jesus healed but the man didnt initially know who healed him because Jesus slipped away due to the crowd. Then…

“Afterward Jesus FOUND HIM IN THE TEMPLE, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

Then this happens…

“THE MAN DEPARTED (THE TEMPLE) and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.”

John 5:14‭-‬15

I believe Jesus was freeing them from a religious mindset, the system (law of Moses) that accuses and condemns, releasing them from the ministry of death, cleansing their consciousness from sin all together.

Be condemned no more, you’re free from sin!

 
 

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Love People = Love God

Love for God is measured by how much we love others.

Many interpreters attribute the word for “hate” to mean “to love less” in some references. I think it applies here.

We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother (loves his brother less), he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother ALSO. (likewise, in the same manner) .
I John 4:19-21

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God SO (in this manner) loved us, we ALSO (in the same manner) ought to love one another.
I John 4:10, 11

We love God because He first loved us. But our love for God can only be expressed and is in direct proportion to our love for others.

 
 

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Be the Change

There are those who hate. And there are those who hate those who hate. But the result is still more hate.

If we claim to love people, but hate those who hate others, we are no different.

Problem is that many people think they are loving group A by hating the group B that hates group A. They defeat their own purpose. They hurt people in the name of loving people.

You can’t fight hatred with hate for those who hate. Or eliminate exclusivity by being exclusive to the exclusive. Or end intolerance with intolerance toward the intolerant. BE the change you want to see, not a reflection of what you don’t want to see.

Jesus’ message was to love our neighbor AND to love our enemy. In essence, to love those who love us and love those who hate us because only love can breed more love.

 

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Prepare for Battle? Or Rest

To put on the whole armor of God is to simply trust in Christ.

Finally, my brethren, be strong IN THE LORD and in the power of HIS MIGHT. Put on the whole armor of God…
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Ephesians 6:10‭-‬11‭, ‬14‭-‬17

Now look at who’s wearing it.

For HE put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on HIS head; HE put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
Isaiah 59:17

How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of HIM who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Isaiah 52:7

And He has made MY mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden ME, And made ME a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden ME.”
Isaiah 49:2

All of this is speaking of Jesus. It’s not that we should prepare for battle, but to rest in the one who has the victory.

 

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Come and Eat!

Twice Jesus told fishermen where to cast their nets to catch fish. The first time happens at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Matthew and Mark touch on it but Luke 5 describes the event in better detail. The second time is in John 21 when Jesus appears to his disciples for the third time after His resurrection. There are some very interesting contrasts between the 2 events. I think the first describes work, while the second describes rest. The differences between law and grace. Life before the cross vs. life in the resurrection. Let’s take a look.

Luke 5:1-11
“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to PUT OUT A LITTLE FROM THE LAND. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have TOILED all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their NET WAS BREAKING. So they SIGNALED to their partners in the OTHER BOAT to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they BEGAN TO SINK. When Simon PETER SAW IT, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “DEPART FROM ME, for I AM A SINFUL MAN, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken ;and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they FORSOOK ALL and FOLLOWED HIM.”

John 21:2-13
“Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “CAST THE NET ON THE RIGHT SIDE of the boat, and you will FIND some. ” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon PETER HEARD that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and PLUNGED INTO THE SEA. But the OTHER DISCIPLES CAME in the LITTLE BOAT (for they were NOT FAR FROM LAND, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, AS SOON AS they had come to land, THEY SAW a fire of coals there, and FISH LAID ON IT, AND BREAD. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the NET WAS NOT BROKEN. Jesus said to them, “COME AND EAT breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and TOOK the BREAD AND GAVE IT TO THEM, AND LIKEWISE THE FISH. ”

In Luke 5 we see that Jesus tells the fishermen to move away from land, launch into the deep, and let down their nets for a catch. We see the fishermen had “toiled” all night, their nets broke, they signaled for help, they filled both boats, and their ships began to sink. When Peter “saw” they were sinking he fell to his knees and begged the Lord to “depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” They then “forsook all and followed Him.”

After the resurrection there seems to be a much different tone. John 21 describes that the fishermen were “not far from land” and to cast their net on the right side of the boat. The right side, or right hand, in many regards symbolizes a place of honor or authority. There, Jesus said they would find some fish. Jesus uses the word “catch” in the first account which seems to imply hunting, to take, capture alive, while the word “find” used here means to come upon after searching or by chance. Their net was not broken. Help came without being signaled for. They dragged the net behind a “little” boat, yet it didn’t sink. Peter “heard” it was Jesus vs seeing the boat sinking, and he plunges into the sea toward Jesus! Then, AS SOON AS they made it to land, they see FISH already COOKING ON A FIRE, and BREAD! Jesus simply tells them to “come and eat!” He took the bread and fish and GAVE IT to them.

When we trust in our own effort, everything is more difficult. Our doubts and our failures surface. We have to ride further, launch deeper, toil, hunt down, and when our nets break and ships sink, we see ourselves as failures and sinners and we try to separate ourselves from God.

When we see what Jesus has accomplished through His resurrection we are able to trust that He has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness. When we trust His finished work we don’t have to go deep or call for help. Notice how Peter ditched the catch for his source and there was still fish and bread ready for him to enjoy! He saw himself as a brother to Jesus, not someone who needed to perform. Jump in with trust in His faithfulness. We can learn to rest in Him, be content with what we have, and know we are taken care of. So come and eat!

 

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Inception of the Father’s Love

In the movie Inception, the most pivotal scene is when, during a dream, a business man sees his father on his deathbed and hears his father trying to say he was disappointed. The son says “I know dad, I know that you were disappointed I couldn’t be you.” The father stops him and says “No, no, no… I was disappointed that you tried.”

At that point, the idea was conceived that continuing in his father’s billion dollar empire was not ultimately what his father wanted. He only wanted his son to be himself and know his father loved him no matter what.

Your heavenly Father made you in His image and you are perfect in His sight. You are just like Him because He made you that way. Not because of something you did, because there is NOTHING you can do to be like Him. You are already His son and He loves you regardless. He wants you to be you!

Maybe this idea could be “incepted” in all of us. Daddy loves us just the way we are. 

 
 

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Who Told You That You Were Naked? 

“Who told you that you were naked?” was God’s response to Adam after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam became aware of his nakedness and was ashamed. God never saw Adam as naked or clothed. He saw Adam as his son, perfect in His sight! 

And you, who once were alienated and enemies IN YOUR MIND by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled. Colossians 1:21

God loves you just the way you are! You are His child! 

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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