I am in the process of writing a Bible tract dealing with the topic of the Ten Commandments. Our culture is ignorant of what the Scriptures say and there is an organized effort on the part of some to totally erase any vestige of God-given morality. The one thing which man cannot erase is the fact he is created in God’s image. Though he fights against this reality he cannot escape it. Like a shadow which follows him around, his conscience is constantly reminding him of a Creator which has a claim on his existence.
Romans 2:14-15 “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;”
Yes, apart from the written Ten Commandments, the Bible says the law of God is written in our hearts.
A couple years ago, a lady had a booth next to our fair booth at the Martin County Fair. She was showing me all of her wares and how much they cost. So when she got done with her pitch I wanted to share Christ with her. I asked her if she was going to heaven when she died. She said: “Yes, I believe I am.” I asked her what her belief about going to heaven was based upon. She responded: “I am a good person.” I asked her how she knew she was a good person. She replied: “I keep the ten commandments.” I then proceeded to ask her a series of three questions to demonstrate, from the very law she appealed to, just the opposite of her premise she was a “good person.” I asked her if she had ever told a lie, stole anything no matter how small, or disobeyed her parents. She got a bit upset and asked: “What is this – confession?” I had to explain her own mouth condemned her as a lying thief who disobeyed her parents and if she was going to get to heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments she was in trouble.
Galatians 3:21-22 “Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”
The purpose of the Law is not to save but to prove us all sinners and point us to our need of a Savior.
Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
Until Jesus saves us, we are all sin practitioners.
1 John3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”
But after the law leads us to our personal need of Christ, we can be brought to a place of repentance, faith and forgiveness.
1 John 3:6 “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”
To claim Christ and to live in sin is to defy our faith. No Christian is sinless or perfect, but they now they have a God-given desire to live after God and to deal with their sinfulness in a God-pleasing way.
Love in Christ,