Monday, December 28, 2009
Why the 10 Commandments?
Why did God give us the 10 Commandments? Were they given so that society would become more civilized? Were they given so that we could become better people, so that maybe we would have a chance to go to heaven? Maybe God had another reason altogether for them. The Bible actually tells us what the 10 Commandments are for. In Galatians 3:24 it says this, "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith." The Law (10 Commandments) actually brings us to Christ. How can the 10 Commandments bring us to Christ? First, let me ask you another question before I give the next answer. Do you think you have kept the 10 Commandments perfectly? What happens when you break a commandment? How does God respond to us when we break His Commandments? Here is another verse that tells us how God uses the Commandments: Romans 3:19 tells us this; Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Now you might be thinking, "Why does God want us to be guilty?" "Why should we be penalized for breaking the Commandments?" Well, first, you have to have something really important. Most people miss this one. But, God is so holy and perfect. He cannot allow anything flawed or imperfect in His sight. So does this mean that God enjoys the fact that we have broken the Commandments and He must punish us for that? Absolutely not! You see, most people think that God can just change His mind about His holiness, or His righteousness. They think He can just overlook our sin like a parent who gets tired of hearing their child pester them for something, and the parent gives in because he is tired of hearing this child's whining. God isn't like that. He cannot stop being holy, or He wouldn't be God anymore. That is impossible to happen. So you ask, "What then is the answer to this dilemma?" "How can I escape God's judgment?" That is a great question, if you are wondering. God took great pains so that you could escape the wrath that He is going to send on the world. One day, a terrible judgment will be taking place. Every person will be judged. If every person has broken the 10 Commandments at one time or another, there must be a way for this penalty to be taken away. No one will be justified by keeping the 10 Commandments because everyone has broken them. What is needed is someone to come along and rescue us from our sin. That person did come 2000 years ago. God sent His only Son, who lived a perfect life, and died in our place for our sin. Jesus died a terrible death, and He was the only one who never broke the Commandments. Then He was buried and rose again from the dead on the third day. As He was dying on the Cross, God the Father was putting all the sins of the world on His Son. There was darkness over the earth for three hours. This is the most important event that ever took place on earth. Jesus is now back in heaven with His Father and will come again and take those who belong to Him back to heaven with Him. Jesus will either be your advocate or He will be your judge. There is no other option available. Please put your trust in Him now, and turn from your sins to Him. Please leave a comment if you have any questions about this. I will be glad to help.