SIN NO MORE
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
This is the event during The Christ’s earthly ministry when He saved the woman caught in adultery from being stoned to death as a punishment for her transgression. They all left when no one dared to throw a stone at her. After The Lord Yeshua assured her that neither does He condemn her, He commanded her to ‘sin no more.’ Let us be reminded of the fact that The Lord Yeshua is the Messenger of God upon whom is committed the task to judge all men (John 5:22, 27).
SIN AS DEFINED BY THE SAVIOR
In order to arrive at a clear understanding on how it is to not sin anymore, there is definitely a need to understand everything about sin in the context of The Savior. How did The Lord Yeshua describe sin?
27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
As taught by The Savior, sin is committed not when one does the act but when he thought of it in his heart! This recorded teaching of The Lord in this particular verse is echoed in another gospel, even from the Gnostic Gospel according to the Apostle Philip:
(Philip Verse 64a)
There are some who neither want nor are able to do evil; others want to, but do not. But it is what they want that makes them wicked, and leads them astray, even if they do nothing. ..
As recorded in this Gospel, The Savior's teaching is that it is what people want or desire that makes them wicked or sinful, even if they were able to stop themselves from committing the act. From this view point, what can we understand about one's sinful act or deeds? That it is not his sinful deed that made him sin - his sinful deed is just a manifestation of his already existing sin, that is his sinful desire. Many believers will try to discredit this teaching for this comes not from the Canonical Gospels but from a Gnostic Gospel that is ascribed to Philip. However, what further proves of this teaching's validity? This teaching is also echoed by John:
(1 John 3:4)
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
According to John, and this is in the Canonical New Testament, sin is already committed (as desired in his heart and thought) when one commits lawlessness - the actual deed that is simply a physical and visual manifestation of his sinful desire. This is the teaching of The Christ concerning sin that is not understood by most of today's Christianity.
HOW CAN ONE NOT SIN?
Basing on this understanding about sin, how then can anyone not have a sinful desire and therefore not sin?
(1 John 3:6)
6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
Apostle John, the same apostle who documented The Savior's instruction unto the woman to 'sin no more', gave us the wisdom on how it can be done. The only way one cannot sin is when he or she abides in The Savior. How can one abide in The Christ Yeshua? Let us refer back to John's testimony on how The Savior taught can we abide in Him:
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
As witnessed by John, The Savior wanted us to abide in His love by keeping His commandments. This is the secret that is kept from Christianity on how anyone cannot sin anymore! For how can anyone who possesses the love of The Christ ever think of anything evil against anyone?
THE ROYAL LAW IS THE PURE LOVE OF CHRIST
What is the logic why those who keep the commandments of The Savior and abide in His love do not sin?
(James 2: 8-13)
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
The people who truly abide or dwell in the love of The Savior are those who truly LIVE HIS LOVE. And we know that the love of The Christ is pure as it is non-judgmental as it is impartial. When we love with impartiality unto all men as did The Savior we fulfill the ROYAL LAW and so we keep God's (Ten) Commandments as they truly reflect God's genuine love and mercy. What benefits those who keep the Royal Law of Christ's love? They will be freed from judgment for as the Apostle James put it, "mercy triumphs over judgment."
What is shown by those who live the Royal Law of Christ's love?
(1 John 2:5)
5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
Those who keep The Word or commandments of The Savior has the perfect love of God in him. In fact, this is the true gauge of being in The Savior.
THE DISCIPLES ARE THOSE WHO ABIDE IN CHRIST
How does The Savior identify those who truly abide in Him? Who are the people who are expected to fulfill the Royal Law of love that is non-judgmental and impartial?
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
The Lord Yeshua identified those who truly abide in His Word, as well as His love (Jn. 15:9-10), as His disciples. Going back to the instance when The Lord told the woman to 'sin no more', He was simply recruiting her to follow Him and be among His disciples. Does it mean that one who is already a disciple of The Lord already has a zero possibility of committing a sin? Of course not, for there are times when temptations overcome us and temporarily take us away from His Word and His love. What then is necessary in order for us to be received back unto Him?
(1 John 1:8-9)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
At times when disciples are swayed away from the love of The Savior and end up committing a sin they need to confess their sins unto Him and will forgive and cleanse them. This is His Gospel of REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS in His name that He wanted to be preached throughout the world. How can The Christ forgive His disciples who fell into sin if they confess unto Him?
3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
The Savior can easily forgive anyone of His disciples who confess unto Him simply because they were already made clean by His Word. This is His how He has freed them from the bondage of sin in that sin has no more power over them:
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
The disciples of Christ are freed by The Savior from the bondage or enslavement of sin. How is this made possible before God?
(1 John 4:10)
10 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.
Although the disciples of The Lord Yeshua can still commit sins, however, God does not make them accountable for their sins anymore for they are already covered by His love through His Son - The Christ Yeshua who was made the propitiation for sins. Even in biblical prophecies, God already foretold of this group of people whose transgressions He blots out and whose sins He will not remember. Who are they?
(Isaiah 43:10, 25-26)
10 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me…
25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.
26 Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be acquitted.
This is the same group of people whom He made to be His witnesses. They will be with His prophesied chosen Servant, His Son Yeshua, The Messiah. How can they be identified? They are a group of people who know, believe and understand about Him (also Jeremiah 9:24), that He is the only God. They are the same disciples of The Christ whom He taught about The Father being the only true God (John 17:1, 3), and everything else about Him and His love (John 15:15 / 17:6-8 / 1 John 2:20).
REWARD OF BEING FREED FROM SIN
What is the greatest reward for being a disciple who is freed from the bondage of sin?
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
The disciples who truly abide in The Savior's Word and love has everlasting life. Can everlasting life ever die? Of course not! How is it that even true disciples still experience the cessation of breath, otherwise known as death? As promised by The Savior, they simply passed from death into life!
This is our ministry in the name of The Savior. We share unto anyone who is willing to receive His truth the everlasting life that He promised. We do not simply preach about salvation from judgment or hell-fire, we are preaching His Gospel on how anyone can be saved AND receive everlasting life that begins when He is transformed into becoming a true disciple of The Lord, the special group of people who are freed from the power of sin and judgment.