ARE YOU A SINNER?

In my morning’s devotion, I came across this quotation:  “When the Jews rejected Christ they rejected the foundation of their faith. And, on the other hand, the Christian world of today who claim faith in Christ, but reject the law of God are making a mistake similar to that of the deceived Jews. Those who profess to cling to Christ, centering their hopes on Him, while they pour contempt upon the moral law, (10 Commandments) and the prophecies, are in no safer position than were the unbelieving Jews. They cannot understandingly call sinners to repentance, for they are unable to properly explain what they are to repent of. The sinner, upon being exhorted to forsake his sins, has a right to ask, What is sin? Those who respect the law of God can answer, Sin is the transgression of the law. In confirmation of this the apostle Paul says, I had not known sin but by the law.”

The only way of determining IF you are a sinner, and I mean by being able to identify what sin you have committed is by believing there is a Law, the 10 Commandments, still viable and credible.  If you are espousing the 10 Commandments are no longer supposed to be followed, then for you, there is no sin!  The Bible is clear:  “Sin is the transgression (breaking) of the law (10 Commandments).  All sin can be traced back to either one or more of the 10 Commandments.  There is no sin you can describe  which I am not able to tell you which of the 10 Commandments are broken.  However, if you make the mistake of telling me the “Law” was nailed to the cross, and we’re no longer bound to observe it, then I’m unable to determine how you are a sinner, for without a law there cannot be a law-breaker!  Doesn’t it make sense?

When I review each of the Commandments, I found none which is disagreeable.  Have you?  Then why is it you don’t like the 10 Commandments?  Which one bothers you so much you wish to throw away the “whole” Law?  Christ died for two reasons:  (1) To establish the Law by vindicating His Father who gave us the Law in the first place, and (2) To save you and me because we broke the Law, by paying the penalty to reconcile us back to God, which puts us back in good graces, with God, by ensuring our continuing compliance with the Law.  So, to say that I don’t have to keep it makes what Christ did worthless!  It makes your faith, your religion, your efforts, your relationship with God, worthless!  It makes you worthless and worthy of being rejected.  I don’t think this is the place you desire to be.  In fact, to use that fearful term we’re often hearing, it also makes you “anti-Christ”.

  1. Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me.
  2. Thou shalt not take the name of God in vain.
  3. Thou shalt not make graven images to represent God.
  4. Remember to keep holy the seventh day Sabbath.
  5. Honor your parents.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not lie upon your neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not desire what you neighbor has.

Now, which one of these is a problem for you?  God didn’t have a problem giving it, so why do you have a problem keeping it?  They’re all good and perfect for those who claim to be God’s people.  In short:  If you don’t observe them, well, you’re not one of God’s people no matter how much you claim yourself to be.  In fact, God makes it clear if you DO NOT keep them, you won’t be able to call Heaven your home and quite clearly, like God, I want nothing to do with you either, because I cannot trust you.  I don’t want someone who doesn’t respect God near me.  I don’t want someone who doesn’t keep all ten because you’re not worthy of salvation, therefore not worthy of my friendship.  It’s always been up to you.

I was a law-breaker once, man’s law and God’s Law.  Thankfully, because of Christ’s efforts on my behalf, now I keep both laws.  Now, what has He done for you lately?

 

August 20, 2014

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