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Written in Stone!
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Posted on August 08, 2015

Lesson 6

Centuries ago, God wrote His law in stone, and you\'re still supposed to keep it today! It\'s absolutely true that violating any part of God\'s law always brings negative consequences. As crime overruns our cities, doesn\'t it make sense that for peace and safety we need to obey the laws of the land? Well, this same principle applies with God\'s law - the Ten Commandments - in our own lives too! They aren\'t called the ten suggestions, ten recommendations, or the ten greatest ideas. Since so much is at stake, you should take a few minutes to seriously consider your responsibility.
And the tables were the work of God.

1. Did God Himself really write the Ten Commandments?

And he gave unto Moses ... two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. Exodus 31:1832:16.

Answer:   Yes, the great God of heaven wrote the Ten Commandments on tables of stone with His own finger.

God says that sin is breaking His law.

2. What is God\'s definition of sin?

Sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4.

Answer:   Sin is breaking God\'s Ten Commandment law. And since the law of God is perfect (Psalms 19:7), it covers every conceivable sin. It is impossible to commit a sin that is not condemned by at least one of God\'s Ten Commandments. The commandments cover the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13. Nothing is left out.

Happiness follows those who keep His commandments.

3. Why did God give us the Ten Commandments?

He that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18. Keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Proverbs 3:12.

Answer:   A. As a guide for happy, abundant living.

God created us to enjoy happiness, peace, long life, contentment, accomplishment, and all the other great blessings for which our hearts long. God\'s law is the road map that points out the right paths to follow in order to find this true, supreme happiness.

By the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20. 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.

B. To show me the difference between right and wrong.

God\'s law is like a mirror (James 1:23-25). It points out wrongdoing in my life as a mirror points out dirt on my face. The only possible way for a person to know if he is sinning is for him to carefully check his life by the mirror of God\'s law. Hope for this mixed-up, sinking generation is found in God\'s Ten Commandment law. It tells where to draw the line!

And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes [commandments] ... for our good always. Deuteronomy 6:24. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes. Psalms 119:117118.

C. To protect me from danger and tragedy.

God\'s law is like a strong cage at the zoo, which protects us from fierce, destructive animals. It protects us from impurity, falsehood, murder, idolatry, theft, and many other evils that destroy life, peace, and happiness. All good laws protect, and God\'s law is no exception.

Special Note: The eternal principles of God\'s law are written deep in every person\'s nature by the God who created us. The writing may be dim and smudged, but it is still there. This means, of course, that you cannot find true peace unless you are willing to live in harmony with your inner nature, upon which God has written these principles. We were created to live in harmony with them. When we choose to ignore them, the result is always tension, unrest, and tragedy, just as ignoring the rules for safe driving leads to serious trouble.

The law protects us from the devil as a cage protects us from the lion at the zoo.

4. Why is God\'s law exceedingly important to me personally?

So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:12.

Answer:   Because the Ten Commandment law is the standard by which God examines people in the heavenly judgment. How are you measuring up? It is a life-or-death matter!

The cross is positive proof that the law is unchangeable.

5. Can God\'s law (the Ten Commandments) ever be changed or abolished?

It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Luke 16:17. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Psalms 89:34. All his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever. Psalms 111:78.

Answer:   Absolutely not! The Bible is very clear on this point. If the law could have been changed, God would have immediately made that change when Adam and Eve sinned instead of sending His Son to die in the sinner\'s behalf to pay the penalty of the broken law. But this was impossible, because the commandments are not laws in the sense of rules or regulations that have been enacted. They are revealed principles of God\'s holy character that will always be true as long as God exists.

Notice on the chart below that God and His law have the same characteristics. Do you see what this means? The Ten Commandment law is God\'s character in written form written so we can comprehend it. It is no more possible to change God\'s law than to pull God out of heaven and change Him. Jesus came to show us what the law (which is the pattern for holy living) looked like when made up in human form. God\'s character can never change. Neither can His law, for it is His character in human language.

GoodLuke 18:191 Timothy 1:8
HolyIsaiah 5:16Romans 7:12
PerfectMatthew 5:48Psalms 19:7
Pure1 John 3:2,3Psalms 19:8
JustDeuteronomy 32:4Romans 7:12
TrueJohn 3:33Psalms 19:9
Spiritual1 Corinthians 10:4Romans 7:14
RighteousnessJeremiah 23:6Psalms 119:172
Faithful1 Corinthians 1:9Psalms 119:86
Love1 John 4:8Romans 13:10
UnchangeableJames 1:17Matthew 5:18
EternalGenesis 21:33Psalms 111:7,8

Jesus is the law in human form. When He is in the heart, keeping the law becomes a pleasure.

6. Did Jesus abolish God\'s law while He was here on earth?

Think not that I am come to destroy the law. ... I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. ... Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:1718.

Answer:   No, indeed! Jesus specifically asserted that He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill (or keep) it. Instead of doing away with the law, Jesus magnified it (Isaiah 42:21) as the perfect guide for right living. For example, Jesus pointed out that thou shalt not kill condemns anger without a cause (Matthew 5:2122) and hatred (1 John 3:15), and that lust is adultery (Matthew 5:2728). He says, If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15.

The law is like a length of chain. If only one link is broken, its entire purpose is undone.

7. Will people who knowingly continue to break even one of God\'s commandments be saved?

The wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23. He shall destroy the sinners. Isaiah 13:9. Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10.

Answer:   No! They will be lost. The Ten Commandment law is the guide we must use in finding our way to God and holy living. If I ignore even one of the commandments, I am neglecting part of the divine pattern, or blueprint. If only one link of a chain is broken, its entire purpose is undone. The Bible says that when we knowingly break any command of God, we are sinning (James 4:17), because we have refused His will for us. Only those who do His will can enter the kingdom of heaven. Sinners will be lost.

Salvation from Jesus is just as real as a gift received on a special holiday or birthday. It\'s free, specially prepared for us from Jesus!

8. Can anyone be saved by keeping the law?

By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. Romans 3:20. For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

Posted on August 08, 2015
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