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Ten Commandments Are Too Much

By Justin Johnson

The law of God is holy, just, and good.  It is perfect, a reflection of God’s holiness.  Yet, it is the last thing you want in front of you at the final judgment.

The purpose of the law is to expose sin.  Sin deserves death and that means you lose at the judgment.  Being subject to it will only hurt you not help you because you are part of sinful humanity.

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. ” – Gal 3:10

Even if God had given just one commandment you would fail to keep it just as your father before you. (Romans 5:12)

Ten Commandments are like a great army aiming its lethal weapons on the target which is your soul. If you didn’t break the first one there are nine more to hold you accountable.

Actually there are over six hundred laws in the Mosaic system given to Israel, and no doubt you’ve broken a few hundred of those.

In his earthly ministry Jesus reminded Israel that it was more than just behavior; it was the evil and lustful thoughts that could condemn you. (Mat 5:19, Mat 5:28)

Even when Jesus boiled it down to just one commandment for sinful Israel we all still fall terribly short. Here is that one commandment.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” – Mat 22:37

Have you done this with every breath you’ve ever taken?  If you break one, you are guilty of all (James 2:10). We have all broken that one.  Ten Commandments are too much.

Truly as it is written, “There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Rom 3:10)

But then the meaning of the cross was revealed to Paul who explained the glorious mystery of Jesus Christ!

“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;” – Eph 2:15

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested…” – Rom 3:22

Having put your faith in God’s grace provided in the perfect blood of Jesus Christ, you are not under even one commandment to bind you to sin.

You are delivered from your sinful body, the law, and the wrath of God by the payment of the perfect blood of Christ!

The next time you see the Ten Commandments remember that ten was indeed too much. You failed to do just one. It is not the commandments that save you, but God’s grace through faith. (Eph 2:8-9)

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Rom 4:5

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Published: September 9, 2008
Last Modified: May 4, 2016
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