By John Voss
The longer I reflected its which means, the extra I understood the big problem Jesus confronted in remodeling the ancient spiritual attitudes of Israel. Repentance was once no longer exclusively approximately ceasing earlier undesirable habit. as an alternative, its larger which means concerned turning clear of self-righteousness less than the traditional criminal codes of Israel and turning to righteousness in keeping with religion within the redemptive existence and paintings of Jesus on my own. with a view to achieve this, centuries of deeply entrenched non secular criminal criteria, traditions of the elders, social criteria and attitudes, and the very order of Jewish society must switch. it'll contain the best actual problem and the best risk you could face, however the non secular rewards might even be the best an individual may well experience.
Given the religious significance of repentance, it appeared logical that Jesus could have woven its which means into all of His instructing. This inquiry resulted in a deeper research of the Sermon at the Mount and to the invention of a treasure trove of non secular truths concerning repentance.
This undertaking has been either spiritually and bodily tough. it's been the point of interest of my recognition and curiosity for a protracted whereas and has concerned many hours of research and writing. The problem appeared unending every now and then, however it led to a broader and deeper realizing of this important non secular concept.
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A Sermon on a Mountainside by John Voss