Okay, somebody asked three questions in one. Although it is not clear to me what she really meant, or what the intentions behind these questions were, I’ll try to answer them anyway.

Question 1:
If you believe that Jesus has paid for all your sins, why are we taught to deny ourselves and take up our cross to follow Jesus?

Answer 1:
Jesus indeed has given His life for us so we could live, and indeed we read in Matthew 16:24 that Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”

But I don’t really understand the “why” you put between them, as if one is the result of the other. It sounds to me like “I have black shoes on, why don’t I wear a hat?”

The verse however tells us that after repentance of our sins and following Him there starts a different life.
After repentance you cannot continue to live and do as you did before. You will have to leave the broad way with all its worldly pleasures that leads to hell and deny yourself these things and continue on the narrow way that leads to your Father’s house.

Question 2:
And why are we taught that we are to obey the commandments, and live by the will of God and turn from sin if Jesus has done it all?

Answer 2:
This I actually have answered in the message “DON’T BE A PIG” some time ago. If you scroll down you will find it.

Question 3:
And most of all, why did Paul say, that they pleased not God in killing Jesus? God says, thou shalt not kill. And God doesn’t change!

Answer 3:
Another question I don’t really understand.
You think it’s strange that God is not pleased when people trespass His commandments?

Remember that the Bible also says in 1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God, THE WORLD THROUGH ITS WISDOM DID NOT COME TO KNOW GOD, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached TO SAVE THOSE WHO BELIEVE.

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