In the beginning of the Bible, we see that God created mankind (Adam) and blessed him with all the earthly blessings and the tree of life (to live forever on the earth).
God created man to live on the earth in His presence with all the blessings as His children.
God commanded Adam to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good/evil.
Adam did not believe God and therefore sinned.
The first sin brought death and suffering to the human race.
And all people sin like the first Adam, and therefore all people die.
Romans 5 “12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned”
Adam’s sin caused him to lose the earthly blessings.
God then made the promise to Abraham that He would give him a promised land filled with blessings.
Abraham left his own land by faith (Genesis 12) believing in God’s promise.
This was the Biblical faith – radical obedience.
God declared Abraham righteous because he believed (Genesis 15).
But this was faith was not alone. God commanded Abraham and his descendants to be holy and blameless to obey His command of circumcision. If he disobeyed he would be cut off from the promised land (Genesis 17)
Abraham obeyed by faith because faith always requires radical obedience.
Later on, God blessed Abraham with his son, Isaac to fulfill the promise.
God then tested Abraham to see if he still believed in this promise, by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22)
Abraham obeyed by faith because he believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead ! (Hebrews 11).
This is why James said that faith without works is dead (James 2)
Abraham’s descendants were the 12 tribes of Israel who were stuck in slavery in Egypt. God heard their groans and sent Moses, the prophet to deliver them by miracles and signs. They were saved by faith in God by obeying the commandment of keeping the passover and crossing the red sea by faith. This was the radical faith that saved them.
Then God gave them the covenant of the Law. If they obeyed the ten commandments, then they would inherit the promised land. The ten commandments commanded them to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength because He had delivered them from Egypt. He commanded them to love one another by the law.
You see, the law demanded righteousness to enter the land and remain there with all its blessings.
You see, that from the time of Adam, God always demands obedience (by faith) to receive His blessings on the earth.
Righteousness is by faith that must have obedience to God’s commands.
But most of Israel perished in the wilderness because of unbelief (Hebrews 4). Their unbelief was their disobedience to the Law. Their unbelief was the transgression of the law. Their sin was breaking the law.
God demanded that Israel repent from sin and obey His law to enter the land.
Eventually Joshua and Caleb led Israel into the land because they obeyed the law by faith after 40 years in the wilderness. They were tested in the wilderness until God found a generation who would believe and obey the law.
Israel prospered in the land, defeating their enemies, and being ruled by God’s chosen kings of David and Solomon. Israel built a temple for God’s presence in the land and they were blessed. The promise of Abraham was fulfilled because Israel had become as numerous as the stars in the land (Deuteronomy 1:10)
This was the covenant of God, if Israel obeyed the law then they would be blessed on the earth forever otherwise they would be cursed with suffering and be taken out of the land (Deuteronomy 28).
Israel eventually fell away into sin and idolatry, breaking the law and being removed from their land by their enemies. They were in exile in foreign lands for 70 years.
Israel had failed in the old covenant. They failed to remove sin and therefore they were removed from the land.
The reason they could not obey the law was because nobody could do it under the flesh, because the flesh was weak and the law actually incited sin in the flesh. The reason God gave the law was to show them that nobody could be righteous by the law (Romans 3, Romans 7)
God then had mercy on Israel and prophesied through the Old Testament prophets (Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, etc.) that He would make a New Covenant to forgive their sins and give them the law in their hearts so that they would not sin but be restored to the land and live there forever with all the resurrected people from the old testament and be with God forever just like Adam in the beginning (Jeremiah 31-32, Daniel 12, Isaiah 65-66, Ezekiel 37).
God promised to send a Messiah to unite the 12 tribes of Israel under the new covenant so that they would fulfill the law from their hearts, being obedient because they received the Holy Spirit. They would receive grace through faith to fulfill the law and obey it to receive the blessings of God in the new Jerusalem (new heaven and earth).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came in the last days of Israel to fulfill the Law and prophets.
Hebrews 1 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”
Matthew 5 “17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
No man had been able to obey the law until Jesus came. He is the Son of God, filled with the Holy Spirit.
He perfectly obeyed the law, loving God with all His soul, heart, and strength, doing the will of God without sinning.
Jesus had radical faith, radical love, and radical obedience to God, denying His own will, and obeying the will of God, in loving others and loving His enemies, being fully submitted to God’s will.
Matthew 26 “39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.””
Jesus obeyed God without sinning, He did not sin even though He was crucified on the cross.
Hebrews 5 “7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”
He lived the life of perfect faith (obedience) to God by not sinning. The law demanded perfect obedience without sin and therefore Jesus did it !!
He endured the horrible cross without cursing anyone but loving all people, forgiving those who crucified Him.
Luke 23 “34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
The 1st Adam sinned and all people followed Adam because all people sinned and all people were condemned.
But now, Jesus is the new forerunner – the 2nd Adam – who did not sin – He fulfilled the law – He had perfect faith through His obedience on the cross – to bring righteousness to all who believe.
This is why Jesus commanded people to follow Him into the kingdom of God.
Jesus preached the coming, imminent kingdom of God that would come from heaven to the earth and crush all other kingdoms as Daniel had prophesied. To enter God’s kingdom on earth, they had to repent from sins and receive the forgiveness of sin by faith in Jesus.
But faith in Jesus was not about doing nothing. Faith in Jesus was to follow Jesus and become perfect like Him.
Matthew 5 “20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven…..43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. …48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
The entire law was summed up in these 2 commands:
Matthew 22 “37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.””
Jesus did not come to throw away the law. He came to fulfill the law and prophets.
Jesus, the Son of God became the first man to please God by faith without sinning, by obeying the law fully.
He came to give GRACE to forgive their past sins under the law, and give them the Holy Spirit to fulfill the law.
You see, the Biblical faith is all about fulfilling the law (to remove sin and be righteous).
Daniel 9 “24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.”
God gave Israel 490 years to remove sin and be righteous forever and enter the land (God’s kingdom) in the new heaven and earth.
Jesus came in the last days showing Israel how to stop sinning and obey the law to meet the requirements of the law.
They could not do this in the flesh (human effort) but only by the power of the Holy Spirit, received by faith in Jesus.
Romans 8 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.“
Jesus commanded believers to follow Him, carrying the cross, loving others radically, forsaking the worldly possessions, and loving Him more than their own lives.
Luke 14 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
That was the only way to love God and love people – to fulfill the law by faith in Jesus.
The people had now seen God in the flesh, Jesus became a man to forgive their sins and show them how to fulfill the law by receiving the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus died and rose from the dead, He gave the Holy Spirit to all who believed in Him and were baptized.
Acts 2 “38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.””
When they received the Holy Spirit, they spoke in foreign languages, and did miracles, and signs. They received the divine nature of Jesus that enabled them to follow Jesus and fulfill the law by radical love and radical holiness.
They had received all that God would require from the law.
2 Peter 1 ” 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”
The believer had a commandment and obligation to obey the law of Christ (loving one another and not sinning). If the believer continued to sin then they would not be saved.
Romans 13 “8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law….12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
James 2 “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism…8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker……17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Galatians 5 “13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other…..I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 6 “7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Romans 8 “12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
They had to become perfect as Jesus commanded to enter the kingdom of God in the new heaven and earth. They had to fulfill the law to enter the kingdom. Obedience was not optional, it was mandatory just as the entire Bible shows.
2 Peter 3 “You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells….14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”
Revelation 21 “7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.””
1 Corinthians 6 “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you WERE. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Paul, Jesus, and the 12 Apostles preached the same consistent message before and after the Cross. The God of the Bible has been very clear. The only way to enter the kingdom of God is by repentance from sins, faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to the commandments of Jesus.
The commandment of Jesus is found all over the new testament. Paul and Jesus preached the same message of telling the believer to love others like Jesus loved, to live holy lives without sin, otherwise they would be judged.
Ephesians 5 “1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them….”
John 13 “34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.””
Matthew 5 “Be PERFECT as the heavenly Father (Jesus)”.
Jesus commanded perfection to enter the kingdom. It was impossible by human effort. This is why they needed grace to be received by faith. This grace was the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit of Jesus who fulfilled the law.
The same Spirit of Jesus that perfectly obeyed the law and carried the cross was given to the believer so that they would follow Jesus in doing what HE DID and then enter the kingdom by being PERFECT and SINLESS like Him.
2 Corinthians 7 “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
1 John 3 “But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
1 John 2 “3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
The believer would have STOPPED SINNING just like Jesus did not sin!
1 John 2 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin…..29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.”
1 John 3 “8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”
This is why Jesus commanded the disciples to carry the cross – so that they would stop sinning and be perfectly righteous like God and Jesus.
They were being persecuted in the great tribulation so that they would become like Jesus, without sin!
Romans 8 “18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us….17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory…..28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
1 Peter 2 “But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”
1 Peter 4 “Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. “
Jesus suffered the great tribulation on the cross, being crucified by His enemies and yet He did not sin. If Jesus had even said one bad word of cursing, then He would not have been resurrected.
Jesus is the author and perfector of this Biblical radical faith – that endured the cross without sin. And if the believers followed Jesus in being persecuted in this great tribulation, without sinning, then they would be saved in the end at his 2nd coming in that generation.
Hebrews 12 ” let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”
Matthew 24 “9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Jesus commanded that the believer must go through that great tribulation so that they would become like Jesus, carrying the cross, radically loving God and people, loving their enemies and not sinning.
If they endured in faith and obedience till the end then they would be saved at His 2nd coming.
Revelation 14 “9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.”
The Biblical faith is about believing in Jesus to the point of radical obedience to God’s commandments.
The commandments of God is to fulfill the law: loving radically that does not sin.
God commanded man to remove sin so that they could be resurrected in the new heaven and earth without sin.
This was the Biblical faith in Jesus.
Jesus promised the church that if they endured and overcame that tribulation then He would come in that generation and establish the new heaven and earth.
Matthew 24 “15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. …. 30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. …… 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. “
Jesus would come to judge all nations for their WORKS. You see that faith is always judged by works.
Revelation 2-3 “all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”
Revelation 20 “The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books”
Revelation 22 “12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
Matthew 16 “24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. 28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.””
Romans 2 “6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil:….16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”
2 Corinthians 5 “9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
You see the Biblical faith is radical and consistent from Genesis to Revelation.
The Bible is all about removing sin by faith.
You see this is an impossible standard. Nobody can do this !
Nobody can obey the law in the flesh in the old testament.
Nobody could obey the law in the grace of the new testament.
Nobody could follow Jesus and become sinless and perfect like Him.
The 1st Century Church failed to follow Jesus during that great tribulation of AD30-AD70.
There was a great falling away from the faith during that tribulation:
Matthew 24 “10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,”
2 Thessalonians 2 “3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion (APOSTASY) occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. “
The Church utterly failed to follow Jesus. They failed to remove sin.
Jerusalem was destroyed and the law passed away.
Jesus did not come back and did not establish the new heaven and earth where righteousness dwells because the Church failed to follow Jesus. They failed to remove sin.
Jesus did not come back and judge the world because NOBODY would have been saved in that new heaven and earth. Nobody would have entered that utopia on earth.
You see, the Bible is the story of man’s failure to become like God, the failure to keep the law, the failure to remove sin.
In the end, only Jesus Christ is Lord and God. He alone did not sin.
He alone obeyed the law.
He alone pleased God by faith that obeyed the Father’s will.
We cannot insert ourselves into the timeline of the Bible.
The Bible was about the law and prophets that testified about Jesus being the Righteousness of God.
The law and prophets ended in Jesus.
We cannot insert ourselves into the Bible story because it was all about the Law and Prophets that required the removal of sin.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Bible.
The Bible story is over and everything has been fulfilled in Jesus.
Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins and make us righteous without works.
God loves us unconditionally. He is not asking us to follow Jesus or carry the cross or fulfill the law because nobody can do it. He is not asking us to be perfect or sinless because only Jesus has done that.
Jesus did all of that because we cannot do it.
Jesus alone had the perfect faith that we can never have.
It was never about our faith, endurance, obedience, love…because we will never be like Jesus.
You see, God is showing mankind through the Bible, that you cannot be like God, you cannot remove sin from your lives – it’s impossible. You cannot follow Jesus or even have the Biblical faith that demanded obedience to God’s commandments. You cannot do anything.
Jesus gave all those impossible demands in the New Testament to show the world and the church that nobody can do anything, nobody can please God by their faith or obedience.
That is why Jesus did everything, and we just rest in His grace (and not our faith).
The Apostles tried to follow Jesus but they went through that great tribulation and the entire Church failed, showing that man cannot please God by faith, man cannot remove sin, man cannot do anything!
That is why we must only look at the cross of Jesus Christ and see His faith, His obedience, His love, His endurance.
Jesus Christ is Lord and God and loves us unconditionally.