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Christianity Has No Rules
 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. 
So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
John 3:8
But what
about – "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength' and 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself'?
For Jesus said – "There is no other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30-31).
Yes. But those two are simply the sum of the Ten Commandments and are also the moral standard by which all will be judged whether they believe in God or not.
  Christianity is much more than this!
Christ's use
of this wind-metaphor above, as reported by John, to described those born-of-the-Spirit, was specifically spoken to Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin (supreme religious ruling council). To the Jewish religious leaders being godly meant living by the rules of the Torah, their Bible Pentateuch/first-five books.
Therefore, Jesus chooses to emphasise the total absence of every external rule of behaviour in His well chosen wind-metaphor.
The
natural wind that fanned the cheek of Nicodemus that day had not followed any past tradition, nor was it a product of some planning prescription. It's direction was not a product of anything except the wind's own nature.
Similarly,
every spiritually born-again believer is not directed by any outside rule or regulation as far as God is concerned.
Right-living for those born of the Spirit means living out of the new nature, the nature of the Holy Spirit within, that newness which is later called "Christ-in-you" in Colossians 1:27.
It is
this understanding which allows the apostle John to write that –
"No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him,
and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God."
1 John 3:9.
This
"seed" of God is the moral character of God planted within (from a surrender to God and trust in Him beyond understanding, as that of a little child), as this was outwardly fully demonstrated in the humanity of Jesus Christ. It is love – for God is love!
 
If this is so, it is the motivator of life and behaviour – and needs no rules.
Love
sensitises to the needs of others. Love brings wisdom, not through fear of offence, but by being immersed in, or committed to, the welfare of others. This is the Christianity of Christ!
The 'new commandment' that Jesus gave at the Last Supper (love as He loved) simply expresses the new-life/nature given through His resurrection to all believers and is intrinsic to its essential character.
That is –
That we love our fellow
Christians as He loved!
(more than ourselves)
The New Covenant is not a new law: — It is a new nature!
This Christianity has no rules! It has no imposition of behavioural standards outside of the new-nature, if it is of Christ!
This was
the freedom of which Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, who had admired Him from a distance and came to Him cautiously at night.
This is the true religion which no amount of dedication and discipline can produce.
This is the freedom of those born-of-the-Holy-Spirit, which Church History has turned into a trail of martyrs' blood.
Just as
Nicodemus was prey to the religious customs and moral rules of his own spiritual community, so most church-associates through the years of Christianity have unfortunately similarly defined their own religious identity.
Jesus did not!
We are His followers – if we trust in Him more than in ourselves, – and so hear Him!
His wind-metaphor above!


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