1 John 5:11-12 – And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12) He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. This life came through His unblemished life, death on the cross for our sins, and resurrection from the dead for our justification. This new life requires a daily processing of our own death to receive it. Matt 16:24-25 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Taking up the cross is not a religious work of doing all the do’s and not doing the dont’s it is a work of faith and a labor of love. (1 Thess 1:3, 2 Thess 1:3) Gal 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Our labor is a work of the Spirit through the fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5:22-25 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24) And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
In two commandments Jesus said all the Law and the Prophets were fulfilled. Mark 12:29-31 – Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30) And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31) And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” We cannot love God and not love our neighbor as ourselves. James 1:22 – But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Sin is yoked to the self referential nature all mankind are born with. Adam was self referential and of the earth. Eve was in Adams likeness. Sin makes our self referential nature deceptive and insidious. Both Adam and Eve, by their own words before sin entered, demonstrated that they were self referential. Doing all the do’s and not doing the dont’s only inflames sin and the self referential nature within us. It forms a religious spirit that blinds the holder to their own condition. Christ gave us the example Christians are called to walk in. Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matt 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Only as slaves of righteousness, finding His rest and labor in the love of God, by the grace God and the power of the Holy Spirit can we cast off the self referential nature and put on Jesus Christ.
Rom 5:2-5 – By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. As our self referential nature is cast off sin has less and less to attach to. Sin will be cast off and Christ will be manifest in our mortal flesh for He has preeminence over all things. 2 Cor 4:10-12 – Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11) For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12) So then death worketh in us, but life in you. As Christ is being manifest in our mortal flesh the power of His resurrection life proceeds out of us to touch and transform the lives of those God calls us to.
John 15:13 – 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.