Connecting the dots between Gen 1:28 (Be Fruitful), Gen 3:22 (No to Eternal Life), and The Sermon on the Mount (Producing Best Fruits)
I have structured my argument as outlined below, which in large grounded in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, & 7) and formulated around tree core topics in the teachings of Jesus alone:
A. ‘WILL of God’ (WG)
B. ‘Rules of Righteousness’ (RR)
C. ‘Eternal Life’ (EL) in the Heavenly Kingdom of God (HKG)
Only those who do the WILL of God will get into the Kingdom of God (not those who say Lord, Lord ... don't even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father!) as it is concluded at the end of the Sermon (Matthew 7:21-27).
Doing WILL of God requires a profound full engagement with the world and the strive for accumulation of treasures in the Heaven by putting into practice the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount as Rules of Righteousness or engagement, which
• would ultimately lead to Eternal Life of the ‘individual’ human agents --- that itself IS the WILL of God, while
• makes this world progressively a better place for all beings live in justice and peace--- that itself IS the WILL of God as well.
Sinlessness or passive ad hoc engagement alone will not lead to fulfilment of WILL of God. The agent ought to possess active and sincerely motivated engagement. In other words, it is not only about staying away from sexual immorality, deception, stealing, murder, etc. but it is about full realization of the power of God-given faculties (Conative, Affective, and Cognitive) in production of best fruits.
Prayers, remembering, fasting, rituals, etc. are means and not an end, such that their practice could strengthen the will of the agent and maintain her will in alignment with the WILL of God over a life course of engagement and practicing RR.
In the Sermon Jesus not only affirms RR but also is transcending/upgrading and making them tougher to practice! Narrow and rough is the road that leads to Life--- shifting self-interest to common interest--- "Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, … Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven (Matt 6:19-20). Nevertheless, "Don't be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom, sell your possessions and give to those in need (Luke 12:32-33).
The new formulation of RR as living a joyful ethical life and for the satisfaction of God, eradicates the fear of sin-game which was the road of priests to collecting treasure for themselves: feeding Yahweh his food and satisfying him with the pleasant aroma of burning fat! “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice”.
And why am I putting my eggs in the basket of Jesus alone? Because in Prophetic discourses, paradigm shift to the Kingdom of God and the urge for attainment of Eternal life was clearly proclaimed by simultaneous Testimony of ‘two’ living Prophets: John the Baptist and Jesus.
I am not arguing about any conception or any form of kingdom in this
world/earth, whatsoever, and for now I am indifferent to it for the
sake of not provoking unnecessary factional zeal!
Eternal Life is only possible in atemporal/timeless realm. In a
temporal world, where soon or later will end, any claim of Eternal
Life is a false proposition.
The irony is that the lack of distinction between the function of The
Spirit in this world and the Heavenly Kingdom of God created a lot of
awkward confusion. For a short and simple explanation please see
I aimed to make it hopefully short and clean for ‘understanding’. Having these words in mind, you may reread the Sermon along with parallel verses and SEE if it makes sense! I’ll provide some sample verses in another post in a few days.