Comment by Laura Nichols (Arkansas), homeschooling mom:
The Ten Commandments were not only
for Israel. Although attempting to obey the Ten Commandments will not bring
salvation, the New Testament shows the ongoing significance of God's moral law.
Though we are no longer UNDER the
law, the law SHOWS US OUR SIN. The blessed Holy Spirit brings conviction,
but the law exposes our need for the cross.
"What shall we say then? Is the
law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin but by the law: for I had not
known lust, except the law had said, "Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7
"But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of
concupisence. For without the law sin was dead." Romans 7:8
"For I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin
revived, and I died." Romans 7:9
In presenting the gospel, the Ten
Commandments are used as a
"schoolmaster" to get a person to see that they have broken the law. Go up to a
person and ask, "Have you ever told a lie?" They will, almost always, admit it.
"Oh, yeah! Everyone has," they usually say.
Then you ask them... "What does that make you?" Sometimes they shrug.
Sometimes they will answer... a liar. When they then see that they have
broken the law of God -- and you tell them that without faith in the blood
covering of Jesus Christ they are facing the judgment and wrath of a Holy God --
with the Holy Spirit's drawing, bring them to Christ.
This is why
Satan hates the Ten Commandments. They must come down off the walls
because they reveal our sin to us (those who still have consciences) and just
as Judge Moore has stated, God's authority, the authority of the one who spoke
those Commandments into being, is under attack.
"And the commandment, which was
ordained to life, I found to be unto death." Romans 7:10
In other words, when we realize
that we have broken the law, we realize that we are DEAD in our sins. Sin has
deceived (or blinded) us.
"For sin, taking occasion by the
commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me." Romans 7:11
"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good."
"Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it
might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the
commandment might become exceeding sinful." Romans 7:13
This is a key verse in
understanding the Ten Commandments. When the
goodness of the Ten Commandments shines through our darkness by the power of the
Holy Spirit, it reveals our sinfulness. Sin works death in us.
In other words, when we realize that we have sin in our lives and this is shown
to us through the lens of the Ten Commandments, we become accountable to that
standard. Now, unintentional sin becomes intentional rebellion against His
Without being "born again" with the infilling of the presence of God, we cannot
overcome sin. The law can't free us from our sinful nature, but by showing us
that we are exceedingly sinful, it brings us to Jesus Christ who can set us
Jesus said, " I come not to destroy the
law, but to fulfill it." Jesus Christ - His perfect and righteous sacrifice --
fulfils all the requirements of the law. When we choose to believe in Him,
identify with His death and resurrection (Galatians 2:20) and are filled with
His Spirit, we share in His fulfillment of the law. Even though we were
all lawbreakers, wretched sinners, lost and on the way to hell, we now
share His victory over sin.
I praise Jehovah God for his unmerited favor and mercy and I love the
law of God.
"There is but one straight course, and
that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily." George Washington