Saving Purpose Of The Law Given To Moses

We cannot come to Christ to be justified until we have first been to Moses, to be condemned. But once we have gone to Moses, and acknowledged our sin, guilt and condemnation, we must not stay there. We must let Moses send us to Christ.

John R. Scott

One of the chapters that God used to speak to me, before I became a Christian, was Exodus 20. On this passage, Moses was on Mt. Sinai in God’s presence and the Ten Commandments was given to him. And personally, this is one of the many eye opener contents in the scriptures. I learned about the Ten Commandments at a young age, but I did not know what is the true essence of it until I became a Christian. What I know before was that the commandments were given to Moses at Mt. Sinai for the Israelites and considered it as one that you will tell to children as a Bible story.

Why I consider the Law as a revelation? Because it showed me that I am a sinner before the Almighty God. All along I thought that I was being a “good person” because I was not hurting anyone.

The Law showed me that even the act or thought that I considered as minute and irrelevant is an offense to God. Furthermore, it is a disrespect to God’s holiness.

Scripture

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. — Romans 3:19 KJV

Observation

Post Christian generations has a trade mark of spiritual illiteracy as James Emery White described in his book Meet Generation Z. Moreover, White enumerated that the new generation does not know what the Bible says, the basics of Christian Theology and does not know the true meaning of the cross (p. 131). So it is safe to say that people now do not even think about the Ten Commandments.

In the book of Matthew, we can find Jesus saying to His disciples that He did not come to abolish the Law, but rather to fulfill it (5:17). This proves to stay that the essence and use of the Law is still applicable to us.

Let us tackle this in two perspective: first, on the eyes of a believer of Jesus, and second, on an unbeliever’s point of view.

For my brothers and sister in Christ

We know that we have the Holy Spirit to reprove us on our misdoings. This was Jesus’ promise to us that He will ask the Father to send us a helper to be with us forever (John 14:16). But Jesus also said on the prior verse that if we love Him, we should keep His commandments (John 14:15). Another prove that Jesus wants us to continue to reflect on the Ten Commandments and abide to it through the help of the Holy Spirit.

To my friends who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior

The Ten Commandments will shock you and shake your foundations when you think that you are a good person. Let us make it clear that nobody can follow the Ten commandments. For if one fails to follow one he becomes guilty of all of it (James 2:10).

So, if this was a test, a person should get 10/10 score in order to pass and only Jesus was able to get that score. No matter how hard we try to be good, but not basing that goodness on the Ten Commandments, our righteousness are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Furthermore, the scriptures says that no one is good and no one seeks God (Romans 3:10-12).

Therefore, I urge you, confess your sins, repent from your evil ways and trust in Jesus Christ. While for us Christians, we should be continuously asking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to show us our sins that is unpleasing to God that we may confess it and turn away from it.

Christians and non-Christians are all sinners, the difference is that we, as Christians acknowledge that we cannot earn our salvation. As it is written, 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Application

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
  1. Are you a good person?
  2. What is your criteria to be a good person?
  3. Where does you moral based upon?
  4. How often do you reflect on the Ten Commandments?
  5. Do you trust in Jesus as your Savior? Accept Jesus now.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we adore and glorify Your name. We thank You for Your gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank You for the Law you gave to Moses, to show us that we are sinners and not worthy of Your goodness. But because of Your great love, You sent Jesus to save us. To be in our place and received Your wrath.

We thank You Lord Jesus for saving us and sending us the Holy Spirit to guide us as we walk with You towards the Father. May You call and awaken others who do not know You yet and may it be Your will that they will also receive Your gift of salvation.

All this we pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

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