Only Christ can change the heart

[en]Read = Matthew 23:1-3

Jesus likened the religious Pharisees to a group of dishwashers who clean the outside of a cup while leaving the inside dirty. He said, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?” (Luke 11:39-40).

Jesus knew that a person can change his image without changing his act (Matthew 23:1-3). He knew that religious credentials and ceremony can not change the heart.

He told one of the most religious men of His day that unless a person is “born again” by the Spirit, he can not see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Yet from that day until now, many of the most religious people in the world continue to forget that while religion can give attention to outward appearance, only Christ can change the heart.

Source: “10 Reasons To Believe In Christ Rather Than Religion” (http://rbc.org/) [/en]

[id]Baca = Matius 23:1-3

Tuhan Yesus menyamakan kehidupan keagamaan orang Farisi seperti sekelompok orang yang membersihkan cawan bagian luarnya saja tetapi membiarkan bagian dalamnya tetap kotor. Dia mengatakan, “Tetapi Tuhan berkata kepadanya: ‘Kamu orang-orang Farisi, kamu membersihkan bagian luar dari cawan dan pinggan, tetapi bagian dalammu penuh rampasan dan kejahatan. Hai orang-orang bodoh, bukankah Dia yang menjadikan bagian luar, Dia juga yang menjadikan bagian dalam?’” (Lukas 11:39-40).

Kristus sangat mengetahui bahwa seseorang dapat mengubah penampilan luarnya tanpa mengubah hatinya (Matius 23:1-3). Dia tahu bahwa perintah-perintah dan upacara-upacara keagamaan tidak dapat mengubah hati.

Kristus mengatakan kepada seorang ahli agama pada waktu itu bahwa jika seseorang tidak “lahir baru” oleh Roh Kudus, dia tidak dapat melihat kerajaan Surga (Yohanes 3:3). Bahkan hingga sekarang, banyak orang melupakan bahwa agama hanya mengubah sisi luar seseorang, tetapi hanya Kristus yang sanggup mengubah hati.

Diterjemahkan dari “10 Reasons To Believe In Christ Rather Than Religion” (http://rbc.org/) [/id]

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