John 5:14 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.
When I look up the phrase, “a worse thing” in the Greek, it is quiet confronting.
χείρων cheírōn, khi’-rone; irregular comparative of G2556 from an obsolete equivalent χέρης chérēs (of uncertain derivation); more evil or aggravated (physically, mentally or morally): —sorer, worse.
When I look up G2556 it uses the word pernicious. Here are the synonyms.
harmful, damaging, destructive, injurious, hurtful, detrimental, deleterious, dangerous, adverse, inimical, unhealthy, unfavourable, bad, evil, baleful, wicked, malign, malevolent, malignant, noxious, poisonous, cancerous, corrupting, ruinous, deadly, lethal, fatal;literarymalefic, maleficent; archaicpestilent, pestilential, baneful, pestiferous
After reading that, why would anyone want to sin? It makes me sick in the stomach knowing the destruction sin causes.
When I read Jesus’ comment, “lest a worse thing come unto thee” it is a powerful statement. Jesus did not make this statement straight away; it was later in the temple that Jesus said it to the man. We do not know the full story of why Jesus made this comment, but Jesus could have seen the man doing something that was not pleasing to him. Maybe he was sinning and so Jesus warned the man, if he goes to a life of sin, there will be consequences.
I believe the consequences Jesus was talking about was eternal hell. He was warning the man, if he sins after receiving the fullness of Jesus, he would end up in hell. This should be a warning for us. There are so many Christians who continue to live a life of sin and think they are going to heaven, and we can see in scripture that someone who has received Jesus can end up in hell. The reason for this, is because they have not made Jesus their priority. They continue to live the former life, a life of sin rather than a life that is pleasing to God. Hebrews 10:26 says, for if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins. If we continue to deliberately sin, Jesus sacrifice can no longer cover you, there will be a judgment, and we should have fear falling in the hands of God. “The LORD will judge His people.”
God does not want us to stop having confidence in Him. He wants us to endure to the end because it has much reward, a reward to receive the promise. We need to remember, the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, your soul has no pleasure in him.
Spending time with God is important for our spiritual growth and being distracted from spending time with God can lead to sin. When God does not become a priority in our life, the devil will subtly prod us to do other things, trying to keep us away from growing spiritually. This can lead to a path of destruction. The devil knows that spending time with God grows us Spiritually, that is the last thing he wants, because it empowers us to overcome him.
Or how many of us have taken our Christian walk for granted? We go about our daily lives; we go to work; do family things; go to church meetings; spend time with friends, and the result is forgetting about our own personal walk with God. It is like we are on automatic pilot; we do not think about what we are doing, we just do them. Before you know it, our life has become a priority rather than spending time with God.
I used to complain all the time because my life was a mess, nothing seemed to be going right, or I would be sick all the time. When we continue to sin, Gods protection can no longer be upon us. God sent prophets to warn Israel. He wanted them to be gathered under His wing, but they would not listen to the warnings, instead the house became a house of desolation. Matthew 23:37-39. Please do not misunderstand me here. God is not wanting your life to be a life of destruction. He warns us that living a life of disobedience and sin leads to a life of destruction. God has given us a choice. We either live a Holy life pleasing to Him, or we live a life that can lead to destruction.
I do not know about you; Jesus has warned me before regarding sin. He warned me about not spending time with him, he warned me regarding the consequences. The thing is, there have been times I have listened, and times I have not. When I did not listen and continued to live a life of sin there were consequences, and Gods chastisement. Hebrews 12:6-7 .
Have you ever asked yourself, I want to be closer to God; I want to feel His presence more; I want to experience the same Holy Spirit power as Jesus; I want to overcome sin. If you have, then it requires you to spend a lot of your time in the presence of God worshiping, reading your word, and praying. It takes a relationship to know someone, and to know God you need to spend time with Him. More time than watching TV. or spending it with friends, going out, and even your hobbies Matthew 10:39 KJV He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. If you want to overcome sin, then change your priorities.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)
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Trusting the Love of Jesus Christ, One Day at a Time - Psalm 13:5 NIV, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”