Now that I just spent the last ten days on the ten commandments, I am going to tell you to stop following them! Don’t focus all your time making sure that you follow them all perfectly! You can’t follow them perfectly, and God is going to love you the same no matter how far, or close you are to following them. So why follow them if you don’t want to? Well, I am just kidding about all that. Or am I?
The answer is yes we should try to follow the commandments, not because you have to, but because you want to. I am almost (keyword almost) tempted to say that if you are only keeping a commandment because you have to, and not because you want to, you are wasting your time. Just commit the sin because you heart is not with it.
We must know that there is nothing we can do to get to Heaven. Even at our very best we are sinful. I love this verse from the bible
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
The line “and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” stands out to me. What we have translated to filthy rags, is actualy ment to be menstrual cloth (used tampon). Us fulfilling the ten commandments at our best, us being the most righteous person we can be, is at its best compared to menstrual cloth. How does that make you feel?
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
I tend to view this as meaning that the law isn’t exactly there for us to fulfill, but to show us we can not fulfill it and that we are sinful and do not deserve Gods gift to us.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead
I like these two sets of verses a lot. We are saved by God’s grace. “And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses.” So even if we don’t live by the law, we can still receive God’s grace.
What is the Point of the Ten Commandments?
If fulfilling the ten commandments doesn’t have to do with how I am saved, why should I follow them, what is the point? Following the ten commandments goes beyond just doing what you are told. The purpose of the ten commandments is to protect us. Look through the ten commandments, and think of the consequences in your life that happens from breaking each one of them. The reason God gave us these commandments is to protect us from the consequences. The law is there to protect us, not to keep us restricted. (Kind of like when parents give their children rules)I believe this is something we often forget about, I know I do.
Memory Verse of the Week:
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes].
- The Ten Commandments (realtybyjm.wordpress.com)
- The Irrelevant Wisdom of the Ten Commandments (galileounchained.com)
- J. John’s just 10: Missing the Point of the Ten Commandments (thebiblerunner.wordpress.com)