We must be obedient to the 10 Commandments, today and always!
The 10 Commandments were given so that we can try to obtain and live a life of morality. A life that God would have us to live. One that is right and proper. One that will bring us closer to Him!
Most people—even those that have never heard of God—have a moral compass that they live by. I think that God instilled it in our nature, to know right from wrong. Even children that don’t yet know how to talk, know when they’ve committed an offense, even if they don’t realize it is yet a sin.
So, will we be saved by simply following the 10 Commandments? Of course not. There is much more that we need to do to obtain salvation, and God’s Word outlines what it is that we have to achieve, in order to acquire it; however choosing to live a life of integrity will help you get closer to God; which in turn, will assist you in having the mind of God; and it will result in you searching scripture and communing with Him daily, which will lead to you living the life that you must, not because you have to, but because you want to! You will reach salvation with God and through Him!
“Should We Still Keep The Commandments?”
If you are skeptical because of past experiences with religion, understand that religion is not the answer—a relationship with Christ is. There is a clear difference.
Religion says, “I have to follow rules.” A relationship with Christ says, “I want to follow His plan for my life.”
Religion says, “I have to go to church.” A relationship with Christ says, “I want to position myself to learn more, worship Him and benefit from fellowship.”
Religion offers a set of rituals; a relationship with Jesus offers a guiding light.
Religion is man’s attempt to find God; relationship assures us of His presence.
Many lose sight of purpose because they have “religion” and not a true relationship with Christ. They may know Scripture but they often do not apply it to their lives. As a result, their relationship with God is cold and distant.
A fatal statement, yet so common is, “I know what God’s Word says, but…” For example: I know that I shouldn’t watch certain movies or television programs, but I enjoy then. I know that I shouldn’t date her, but she’s very attractive. I know that I shouldn’t go there, but everyone is doing it. I know what the Bible says, but it doesn’t apply now. I know that I need to go to church, pray, and read God’s Word, but I’m too busy.
In Matthew 19:16-17 a young rich man came to Jesus and said, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? So He said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
The word “keep” here means to keep watchful care of. In the same way that a ship’s captain is committed to keep his course to reach his destination, the sincerity of our commitment to Christ can be measured by how well we follow the scriptural course with love guiding our decisions.
From time to time, we, like ships, will drift off course. Perfection is not the answer; a commitment to keep the course is. Keep the course by loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind; this is the greatest commandment (cf. Matthew 22:37-38).
When we live contrary to God’s principles, we disregard guidance and protection. Keeping the Commandments will not save you, but it will reveal if you’re truly saved – “Whoever says, ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).
After Jesus told the man to obey the Commandments, the man asked, “Which ones?” Jesus then listed the last six Commandments and told him to “sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Sadly, when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful because he had great possessions. The young ruler was asking what many ask today, “What must I ‘do’ in order to be saved?”
We don’t have to “do” anything, it’s already been done by Jesus on the cross – He provided access to the Father. No matter what you’ve done, you have the opportunity to believe in Jesus and be forgiven of sin: Acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23). Acknowledge that Jesus died for your sins (John 3:16). Repent and turn from your sins (Acts 3:19). Live your life for Him (Hebrews 12:1-2).
The Commandments show us our need for a Savior and they provide a road-map to follow. The first Commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before Me”. And the second reads, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God….”
Some people have a problem with this mention of God being jealous, but healthy jealousy is a positive emotion. When a spouse gives attention and affections to another, jealously in the other spouse is a feeling reflecting betrayal. The same applies to God – idolatry draws us away from God. When an entity, person, or object is worshiped instead of God…when our passion for something outweighs our passion for Him, He becomes jealous.
1 John 5:21 says, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” And Colossians 3:5 adds, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” These are not suggestions – they are clear commands designed to protect us from ourselves.
Most don’t have idols on the shelf but they may be parked in the garage. We don’t pay homage to a statue in the living room, rather we are memorized by a 50” entertainment center. We don’t sacrifice things on the altar, but we do sacrifice our time (and time with of our children) on the altar of misguided priorities.
What are you passionate about? What are you addicted to? How do you spend your time? Where is God on the priority list – the idol demands worship and will fight to stay at the top of your priority list.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS TO REFLECT ON:
Exodus 20:17 (KJV)
And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.