Jesus’ death on the cross changed the ground rules of what it means to sin forever. Before His death the Law reigned and sin produced spiritual death through the knowledge of the Law (read Paul’s letter to the Romans chapters 6-8). This started when a commandment was given to Adam and Eve which they broke and therefore sinned and death entered the world through that sin.
However, Paul says that when Christ died, the Law (and we also) died with Him so that there is no longer any such thing as transgression (Romans 7). So really now it doesn’t matter what you do right? Actually that is right in theory but in practice the law of sin and death has been replaced by the new law of love.
If you really believe that God so loved you as to give His only Son to die for your sins there is no way that you should want to do anything that wouldn’t please Him. Like any one in love with another person the ideal is that you couldn’t do anything to hurt them. You want to follow them to the end of the earth.
However in practice people don’t always act consistently over their whole lives with the ideal. So what then? Well then it is a question of your will.
So you decide. Things are tough. Jesus perhaps hasn’t come through for you in the way you expected Him to. Where do you turn to now? Do you turn to someone else? Do you expect them to save you from the predicament you find yourself in? Will they?
The answer is no. Expecting anyone to fill the gap in your life that only God can fill is idolatry. The first commandment is, like all the commandments now, not a law but a promise. If you have been born from above, you have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come. From now on nothing else will do.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
“For in just a little while,
the Coming One will come and not delay.
And my righteous ones will live by faith.
But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” (Habakkuk 2:3-4)
We are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.
Dear friends, even though I am talking this way, I really don’t believe it applies to you. I am confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers as you still do. My great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true.
Yes the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews puts it better than ever I could. Please read chapters 6 and 10 of Hebrews to see the context in which I write these blogs.