His Kingdom come

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ( John 3:3-5)

God has a kingdom of His own whose government is run by His decrees, commands or edicts.The words of the King are the laws that govern His people. His kingdom is just right above us, unrecognizable by humans. Nobody can see it nor enter into it except he belongs there.

Jesus spoke about that kingdom, the kingdom of His Father geographically from above us also known as the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of God is real and may be bigger than our planetary system. It is beyond our imaginations to comprehend it.

The focal point in the teaching of new birth is seeing and entering the kingdom of God. We need to be born again, that is to experience the spiritual second birth brought about by the Spirit of God. Humans has nothing to do with the miraculous delivery. A child is born not of his will nor effort but by his or her mother’s joy and painful ordeal.

If there is no kingdom of God, there is no need to be born again. The existence of the kingdom of God is more important than the mechanics of new birth. Shall we need to be baptized in water before we see the kingdom of God? Do we need to be filled with the Spirit to enter the kingdom? Denominations have different opinions on the interpretation on how to be born again. God will speak to your heart how to be born again based on the words of Jesus Christ. Let us not make a doctrine on individual and personal experiences.

The kingdom of God is for everyone regardless of nationality or language. It is ridiculous and untrue to claim that the kingdom of God is for the westerners only or for just the people of the Middle East. Our Father knows all languages. He even knows the dictates of our hearts. The road is narrow but it is not exclusive or closed society for the rich and fortunate. Ethnic wars are senseless and merciless. We pray to God and Father for His kingdom to come.

What is sin?

What is the meaning of sin in simple words? Sin is missing the mark, failing to make a point or goal and therefore you losing the play. There has to be a mark, standard or goal to win a game. Rules are implemented to govern the plays, avoiding chaotic interactions among participants.

You lose when you fail to score. A team losses when they fail to make a goal because of the lack of teamwork. We can not win a game by hating each other. You feel bad when losing a game the same as when you are “sinning”.

Jesus has set the mark. His words are the rules that govern our lives. Our goal is Our Father God himself. He is the way, the truth, and the life, no man can come to the Father but by Him. We are considered losers if we miss our Father. The lost prodigal son in the parable of Jesus was “lost” when is was away from his father.

We are following one play book. The Beatitude and the rest of the teachings of Christ are our ultimate guidelines in making our goal and not missing the mark. We are being “coached” by The Lord Jesus Christ. We listen to what He says when He calls for a time of refreshing. We meditate upon His words for daily strength to live by.

Sin no more is stop losing. Let us remember that it is better winning our life back than losing it. What profit a man if he gain the whole world but losses his own soul. The term Sin does sound “churchy” and seems hard to grasp. Be filled with the spirit of Christ by living by His Words. He will take care of you.

SIN NO MORE!

 

They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, 

went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. 

Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, 

in the middle.

  Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, 

“Woman, where are your accusers? 

Did no one condemn you?”

 She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, 

“Neither do I condemn you. 

Go your way. From now on, sin no more.”

John 8:9-11

A woman was caught in the act of adultery, an act mostly perpetrated  by consenting adults. The scribes and pharisees brought the woman to Jesus to ask Him on His verdict about the sin of adultery. The religious people were armed with the law on their side and popular consensus, demanding justice to execute to death the woman who was in the center of controversy. As we know, adultery to Jesus is having lusted (sex) mentally on a woman even without physical contact.

“You have heard that it was said, 

‘You shall not commit adultery;’

 but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman

 to lust after her has committed adultery with her 

already in his heart.

Matthew 5:27-28

However, the woman in this story was forgiven and given a new beginning. Jesus did not condemn her against all expectations. He told the woman to sin no more after forgiving her. The guilt in her conscience was lifted up and she was freed for a new day.

It is within our powers to commit sin. We can choose to sin or not to sin. Once we cross the limit or boundary of the commandments of Jesus, we trespass, violate or we may call it a sin. We should blame ourselves for doing the things we shouldn’t be doing.

You over eat, you sin. You over drink, you sin. You over indulge, you sin. On the other hand, you “under-love”, short of love or lack of it, is bordering to ungodliness. Hating your neighbor is the opposite of loving your neighbor which is a cardinal commandment of the Lord. 

Temptation is a thought process. Shall we do it or not? We can not avoid to think evil things, it comes and goes. We pray always to the Father to deliver us from evil thoughts. 

The gospel is about the forgiveness of our sins. We are not to pass harsh judgement on people. We are firm in our conviction and would not compromise our beliefs, and at the same time we can be gracious and loving people. 

Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. He gave His life for the sinners and not for the righteous. We strive to sin no more every single day because we love Jesus Christ. Our desire to sin no more is our love to our Lord God. Jesus believes we can do it; that’s why He said sin no more.