The burden of responsibility is expected of those that should know better due to having their spiritual rebirth take place through redemption in Jesus Christ. Receiving a newly created spirit is one of the most jaw dropping events that can take place where even the angels in heaven are in wonderment.
It is difficult to understand one is actually born spiritually dead. The transaction that takes place from receiving a regenerated spirit from God is the catalyst for being able to sustain oneself from the deadly temptations that plague mankind. We are naturally drawn to sin because of our inherited sin nature.
The most dynamic transition taking place was Jesus’ sermon on the Mount which is documented in the books of Matthew 5-7 in the gospels. This sermon blasted the curve of the seven point sermon because these utterances by Jesus had well over a hundred points. The people listening to Christ were astonished of the sayings because Jesus spoke as One have authority instead of merely teaching precepts that the Pharisees , teachers, and scribes repeated.
One can easily spend a lifetime contemplating and absorbing the various issues presented by Christ during the Sermon on the Mount as many of Jesus’ declarations fulfilled the laws that God intended to be completed through Christ. As Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill”.
The letter of the law kills, but the spirit of the law gives life was clearly fulfilled by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, an event that ushered in the New Covenant.
One foreboding scripture articulated by Christ during His sermon is the ominous warning in Matthew 7:21 which essentially declares, “Not everyone declaring Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven”. There are those that will have been deceived into “putting on a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”.
In a devastating fall into iniquity, there will be those that fail to actually submit to what Jesus required, and those that fail to really acknowledge Christ will be rejected by Christ. As the Bible states, one is saved through faith in Jesus Christ and not of works lest any man should boast. Good works and having good thoughts does not qualify one to enter into heaven.
Believing in God is obviously important, however even that will not allow you to pass the heaven entrance exam. The word of God says, “even the demons believe, and tremble”. If one believes in God, that is a great start, but a terrible finish if that is all there is. Doing what God requires is infinitely more important than merely knowing about it.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27, “Whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not: for it was founded on a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall he likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
The principle of “to whom much is given, much is required” plays a crucial role to those God has given important truth and a heart to understand. This is why the scripture declaration “judgment will begin in the house of God” demonstrates God’s expectation of those being accountable to the truth revealed to those that should know better.
God always eventually collects on the sin debt.