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How can we keep the Ten Commandments? - This study on the subject of Righteousness by Faith
In three parts:
Part 1 : Part 2 : Part 3 :
Jesus is Worthy
by Michael Weigel

"For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God.; Being justified freely by grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the JUSTIFIER of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." (Romans 3:23-28)

The law of God is good and it is the will of God for it to be kept, for God is Holy. But there is a problem. No man or woman has ever kept the law. If this were possible, then Jesus would never have needed to shed His blood for our redemption. It is not as though some keep the law and some do not. NOBODY CAN. But Jesus has kept the law for us. And this perfect man, sinless, became sin for us and paid the penalty of breaking the law: death. Having been raised from the dead, He has conquered sin and death for us. Where now does the keeping of the Ten commandments (the law) fit in. Those who believe in the completed work of Jesus Christ have imputed to them the righteous requirements of the law. Jesus Christ the righteous one, the Son of God, the only one who has ever kept the law; is now imputed to us as our righteousness.

"Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." (Rom. 5:9) Jesus said to us, that "If you love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15) Do you know that if you really, truly love Jesus, then you will keep His commandments.

Jesus said, "If a man love me, HE WILL keep my words." (John 14:23) But is the goal to keep the Ten Commandments, or is it to love the Lord Jesus.

Remember what Jesus said, "If a man love me, HE WILL keep my words." But we obey the Lord Jesus, not in order to establish our own righteousness by the law, but because we now love the Lord. We have already been justified according to the just requirements of the law, not because we kept the law, but because we accept by faith our substitute, Jesus who did and "who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being JUSTIFIED by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom. 4:25,5:1)

The bible makes it clear, that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. That God now dwells with men and women, Christians who have been made righteous in His sight by the blood of Jesus. We have a new nature, and as we allow God to have His way in our lives, by laying down our wills to His, He empowers us to obey Him and walk in fellowship with Him. The law has now been written upon our hearts, we long to obey and please the Lord Jesus. We have a love relationship with Him. We abide in Him and He abides in us. (See all of John 17) Without focussing on the law, we by nature now keep the law. But our keeping of the law is not as a concerted effort (for the law stirs up sinful desires Rom. 7:7-13) but as a consequence of our love for the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. To be righteous, and to receive the seal of God is to keep the ten commandments? No. To be righteous, and to receive the seal of God is to believe in the completed work of Jesus, who purchased you with His own sinless blood, and was raised for your justification. The righteous requirements of the law having been met in Christ Jesus.

Who is greater then, man or the Word of God? Concerning father Abraham the scripture says, "He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith (not will be, but are now), we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Rom. 4:20-25, 5:1-2)

"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." (Rom. 4:5) "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation, if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel." (Col 1:19-23a NIV)

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Rom. 8:2-4)

Worthy is the Lamb of God - Jesus

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