Depending on the translation, there are several places where Yeshua says, ‘Sin no more.’
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Other translations render the phrase as “stop sinning,” “leave your life of sin,”do not sin anymore,” etc. (After all, the translators need a certain number of variations to justify a copyright and ensuing royalties… but, I digress.)
Yeshua said, “sin no more.” And this, in the two cited cases, after forgiving their sins. Hmmm…
I recently concluded another one of those debate/discussions, this one via email, about the place of the Torah in the life of one who has placed their trust in Yeshua the Messiah. Over and over the other side asserted that the believer is ‘free from the Torah,’ and ‘the Torah has no place in the life of the believer,” yet, here is Yeshua, forgiving sin and then saying, “go, and sin no more.”
Everywhere, at every turn, if we will but let the whole of Scripture speak from a complete context, the same message comes out loud and clear: “Believe and DO!”
In this discussion I had, the other party kept asserting that Jesus taught and promoted His ‘love commandments’ and these are ‘different than the Torah.’ Yet, John, the author of several of his cites, wrote,
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Not just in the rest of that chapter, but in all of John’s letters as well as his Gospel, the message is stated over and over. Notice the key words: deed(s), do, commandments, etc. Action words!
When Yeshua says, ‘sin no more,’ He is declaring, ‘DO’ something. In fact, He is specifically saying, ‘Be obedient to the Law.’ Or, to phrase it as John does, ‘do NOT transgress (break) the Torah.’
This really isn’t rocket science!
Yeshua didn’t leave us to the devices of our deceitful hearts to guess or figure out, even if by the leading of the Holy Spirit, what it means to “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” Rather, the breathed, inerrant, unchanging Word of God spells it out from the very beginning!
In fact, here is a verse that is often overlooked in context,
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
A heart that believes in Yeshua, will have the commandments of God, the Torah, written on it! This is evidenced in the New Covenant we see in Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews 8:8-12; and dozens of other places that support/confirm these verses. Notice how many times the word ‘heart’ shows up in Deuteronomy 30!
When Yeshua says, “sin no more,” He is talking about a heart that seeks after and follows His commandments.
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