1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you tuned in to this broadcast.
3. It is always a delight to bring you a new series of messages every now and then;
4. and today is no exception.
5. We will begin a series of messages on the Ten Commandments.
6. Now, many people today do not even know the Ten Commandments;
7. and that is why I want to preach a series of messages on these Ten Commandments.
8. If you possess a Bible, I hope that you will turn to Exodus, Chapter 20.
9. It is the second book in the Bible.
10. These Ten Commandments are the believer’s spiritual rudder;
11. and, without a spiritual rudder, our lives are in danger;
12. but the question for most people is this:
13. if we cannot be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments,
14. then why should we be concerned about obeying them?
15. I want you to listen to what a great man said.
16. “The man who does not know the nature of the Law does not know the nature of sin;
17. and the man who does not know the nature of sin does not know the nature of the Savior.”
18. What is he saying here?
19. He is saying that, because the Ten Commandments were given to us directly from God,
20. they reflect His divine character.
21. Because the Ten Commandments are given to us directly from God,
22. they are a constant reminder for every one of us that we are Law-breakers
23. and that we deserve judgment.
24. Because the Ten Commandments come directly from God,
25. when we break one of them, we are committing an offense against a holy God.
26. Because the Ten Commandments directly come from God,
27. they remind us of God, not only as our Grace-Giver, but as our Judge;
28. and that is why some people don’t like them to be on display,
29. because the Ten Commandments remind them, not only of being Law-breakers,
30. but that they are going to be judged by God on that dreadful Day of Judgment.
31. Do you ever wonder why the Ten Commandments were engraved in stone and not written on papyrus?
32. The reason they were written on stones is because they shall endure as long as time endures.
33. In fact, the Ten Commandments existed in the mind of God well before He gave them to Moses.
34. Let me give you an example of this from the Scripture.
35. Cain broke the Sixth Commandment when he killed his brother;
36. and he was condemned by God thousands of years before the Commandments were given to Moses.
37. Noah’s son, Ham, despised his father, so he broke the Fifth Commandment;
38. and he was cursed thousands of years before the Commandments were given to Moses.
39. The Sodomites were condemned as adulterers and perverts and their city was burned to the ground,
40. all because they broke the Seventh Commandment.
41. All these events took place years before the Commandments were ever uttered by God to Moses.
43. Because God always deals with His creation on the basis of His law, not ours;
44. and that is why Paul could say to the Romans in 2:15,
45. “From the very beginning, the law of God is written upon the hearts of men.”
46. In fact, God’s moral law goes back to the Garden of Eden.
47. When Adam and Eve became disobedient to the command of God,
48. they broke just about every one of the Ten Commandments.
49. They stole what was not theirs.
50. They coveted what was not theirs.
51. They worshipped another god, and on and on and on;
52. and, thus, they brought a curse, not only upon themselves, but upon all of their descendants.
53. My listening friend, some of you may be saying,
54. “If Adam and Eve broke the Ten Commandments, what chance do we have of keeping them?”
55. The answer is, “Zero.”
56. No human being can ever keep them perfectly all the time;
57. so, if that is true, then why keep them at all?
58. Here’s the answer:
59. because they tell us that God’s standards never change.
60. Jesus said, “I did not come to abolish the law, but I came to fulfill the law.”
61. In fact, some people argue that, because man cannot keep the Ten Commandments,
62. what we need to do is modify them, change them, and get rid of them.
63. In fact, sometimes I hear people say,
64. “But we don’t live under the law. We live under grace.”
65. They are quoting Romans, Chapter 6, verse 14,
66. which says, “We no longer live under the law, but we live under grace...”
67. but these people are interpreting grace to be a license to sin.
68. That’s what they think grace is.
69. I want you to listen to what I’m going to tell you, my listening friend, very carefully.
70. All sins will be judged, unless they come under the blood of Jesus Christ;
71. but the sin of presumption has the severest of judgment.
72. When you presume on the grace of God and say that, “I can sin to my heart’s content because all I’m going to get is more grace,”
73. you are presuming on the grace of God.
74. You are presuming on the goodness of God;
75. so what does Paul mean in Romans 6:14?
76. In order to understand this, you must realize that, in the Old Testament, there were three laws.
77. There was the civil law, by which the courts in the nation were to conduct themselves;
78. then there was the ceremonial law, by which they worshipped God;
79. and then there was the moral law—the Ten Commandments.
80. The ceremonial law had been fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ and, thus, it was abrogated.
81. Because the ceremonial rituals all pointed to Christ,
82. now that Christ came, they are no longer necessary;
83. so the whole sacrificial system has been suspended by God, because it is no longer needed.
84. Only the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, will bring you to His presence.
85. Only receiving and accepting that His blood was shed for you will make you clean with God;
86. so what about the civil law?
87. The civil law also ceased, but for a different reason.
88. The church is not the nation;
89. and the church that is made up of believers is ruled by the King of Kings, Jesus Christ;
90. and He rules His church on the basis of His moral law, the Ten Commandments;
91. and that’s what Paul is saying—that we no longer live under the law, but under grace.
92. He was referring to the civil and ceremonial law.
93. He is saying that the civil and ceremonial laws are no longer binding upon the believer,
94. because we are now bound to Christ and His cross.
95. He was not referring to the Ten Commandments, when he said that we no longer live under the law;
96. but the question remains,
97. if we cannot perfectly keep the Ten Commandments, then why bother with them?
98. My listening friend, I want to answer that question for you;
99. but I want you to listen, first, to what Jesus said about the moral law, the Ten Commandments.
100. Here’s what He said in Matthew 5:18.
101. “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
102. But the question remains,
103. if we cannot be saved because we cannot perfectly keep the Law, then why bother with the Law at all?
104. If salvation is by grace alone, then why the Ten Commandments?
105. First, you must understand that salvation was, is and always will be by grace alone.
106. In the Old Testament, salvation was by grace alone.
107. In the New Testament, salvation is by grace alone;
108. and what the Ten Commandments do for us today is that they show us that we are Law-breakers;
109. but also they drive us to the only One who has kept the Ten Commandments perfectly;
110. and only when you know that you are a Law-breaker,
111. and that judgment awaits you,
112. you will become desperate for the grace of God that can only be possible through Jesus Christ.
113. My listening friend, please listen very carefully.
114. As long as you say, “I have not done anything really bad, like other people,”
115. as long as you think that way, you will never be saved;
116. and you will never escape the eternal judgment that is coming upon every one of us.
117. Only when Jesus Christ comes into your life and you receive His forgiveness will He empower you to keep the Ten Commandments.
118. His Holy Spirit will dwell in you and no longer will you have to try in your own strength;
119. but you’ll be empowered by His Holy Spirit to keep His Commandments.
120. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you’ll keep My Commandments.”
121. No one can claim to love God unless they love His Son;
122. and to love His Son means that He will empower you to keep the Ten Commandments.
123. Jesus said that the Commandments are summarized in loving God and your neighbor.
124. Do you know why?
125. Because loving God means you will keep the first five Commandments;
126. and loving your neighbor means that you will keep the second five Commandments.
127. God’s moral law warns people against wickedness;
128. but the Law itself will never save you.
129. The Law itself does not give you eternal life.
130. The Law itself does not have the power to transform your sinful nature.
131. The Law simply exposes sin;
132. and, when sin is exposed, you can do one of two things.
133. You can say, “I know I am a sinner, but I will stay a sinner...”
134. or you can come to the perfect, sinless God-man, Jesus Christ,
135. and say to Him, “Forgive me, for I have sinned against God.”
136. You can live with your sin and ignore the consequences,
137. or, you can repent and receive eternal life.
138. What will you do?
139. It is my prayer that you would repent of your sin and receive the forgiveness of Jesus Christ;
140. and then write to us and tell us what God has done in your life.
141. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.