Why do we have the Ten Commandments?

“Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Romans 1-4.

How is it possible to miss what this verse means?

I see two clearly staked out thoughts: (1) keeping the law doesn’t get a person right in God’s sight, and (2) the purpose of the law is to show that we are sinners.

How many out there in the readerhood expect that their good deeds will earn them an after-life in heaven? Too many!

Good deeds would get the job done if a person never sinned………….but everyone has. So we’re all on the wrong side of the law. Some people, and you may know some of them, are very, very good and yet even those folks are not good enough.

On the flip side are those who see themselves as law breakers and are certain that they will never be good enough for an after-life with God. Those people have made an important first step to trusting God.

So why are their rules such as the Ten Commandments? As this verse suggests, everyone is made aware of their sinner status by rules.

People who believe that they are good with God based on performance are clueless as to what God expects that performance to be. It must be perfect. It can’t be done. No way!

Martin Luther said that the law was made to terrify people. The law alerts us to our fallenness and the hellish consequences our sins will earn.

“Lord, Your Word is very clear about sin. We are all sinners. We can’t “good” ourselves to heaven. I thank You for Jesus coming to earth to die for my heaven-separating sins. I believe that He died for my sins and I rejoice that He did. Open hearts to their sinfulness. Open hearts to the consequences of their sinfulness. A revival, please! I love You, Lord.”

Don’t be the fool that believes that you can be good enough to get to heaven.

SR on Merrimack River facing Plum Island



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