“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.”” John 5:14 Could it be that Jesus had no idea what He was talking about? Or maybe He didn’t REALLY mean what He said? Maybe He was in a joking mood and was like, “Sike!” And it just didn’t get recorded? Or maybe, just maybe Jesus knows EXACTLY what He’s talking about and means EXACTLY what He says, “Go and sin no more” because He knew He was going to die and send the Holy Spirit in order that His people would be able to actually stop sinning? Jesus demands for all who profess His name to stop living a life of sin, and those who are born-again and desire to live for Him will stop. Although not perfect or above occasional transgression (for we are works in progress), true believers have committed our lives to Christ so that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, sin will no longer be a characteristic of our lives (1 Peter 1:5,
1 John 3:4-10). Jesus’ expectation for the born-again life contrasts sharply with those who emphasize that believers will continue to sin daily in thought, word and deed. IF you are born-again THEN you truly have power to overcome sin; put to death your flesh, renew your mind and you CAN obey His holy demands and live a beautiful life of righteousness. OR the opposite is equally true- go back to your old carnal ways and a worse thing will come upon you.
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