I enjoyed your blog. You are correct that good behavior without love of God and man falls short of what God wants of us. - bibleguy64
I grew up in a rather legalistic denomination. I am glad they eventually recognized this and as the years passed, publicly admitted to and faced the issue head-on. I know all about lists of rules and I know that rules are not what save and keep you!
It was a very long time ago but I will never forget what happened one day as I was reading Matthew 22. I read, really read, what Jesus was saying. When we become a new creation in Christ and truly love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength everything else will fall into place. When we get saved, renew our minds to the Word of God , love God with every fiber of our being and love each other fervently we find ourselves not walking after the flesh but after the Spirit.
Sin means anything which is contrary to love... if your love God, then you have to obey his Commandments written out of love for men, for their well being..some commandments we may not understand, but God knows it is good for us... so obey them, and show to him..when you love somebody you try to do things as he says... so Sin is anything which against love and against God's wish or his commandments..suppose God says you take rest and worship on the seventh day of the week... then do it..suppose you don't do it, then is disobedience and sin..our first father and mother were told not to eat from a particular tree, which looked similar to other trees..but they should have obeyed God, out of love for him... here God was like a parent to them and loving... So now we can understand what is sin and what the sin has done to this world and men... both world and men are degenerating from sin... God bless you all..get of sin and run away from sinful situations,... keep your minds pure..think of God things...
To blessings to you:
Amen. This was so beautifully stated.
It brings to mind a Bible verse. Jesus said: "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luk 9:62).
I see that as once we have received the New Covenant of Grace, we can't go back and walk under the legalism that is the Old Covenant of the Law. This doesn't mean we ignore the law, for Jesus said He came to fulfill the law and that not one "dot or tittle" of it would be changed. That said, we simply can't get bogged down in its rituals, especially not in the legalistic quandaries of the false doctrine found in the Talmud (which isn't part of the law in the first place). Jesus searches the heart. He doesn't judge us on how we worship or what rituals we follow. As He said and I'm paraphrasing: If we obey the first two commandments, everything else will fall into place. Don't you just love that. Jesus makes it so simple! God bless.
I listed all the texts once that defined scripturally what God says sin is. 'Whatsoever is not of faith is sin', probably the most condemning.
Jesus Christ saves, redeems us from the curse of sin and rebellion. Of course, not to stay in that state, but to find new life in Jesus Christ, by trusting and abiding in Him. We love and serve Him now, what He did compels us to, if we truly know Him, and found freedom and forgiveness in Him, were 'born again'. He bled for us. Died, gave all He could give. That is also why we submit and obey Him. Free. But count the cost. God Bless brother.