This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #366 titled, “Do You Need to Obey The Ten Commandments to Go To Heaven?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
There is a lot of confusion about the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God. Many people believe that they must follow the Law so that they can go to Heaven, but the Bible does not say that!
God’s Book, the Bible, states in 1 Timothy 1:8, “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;” The Ten Commandments are good if you use them the right way, but some people use them the wrong way. God never intended for us to keep them in an effort to go to Heaven. So why were the Ten Commandments given?
The Ten Commandments show our SIN
The Bible states in Romans 3:20, “…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The Ten Commandments were given to show us that we are sinners. 1 Timothy 1:9 also proves this, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners…” The Ten Commandments do not take away our sin, they show us our sin!
The Ten Commandments show our SUFFERING
The Bible says in Galatians 3:10, “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.” There is a curse on all people who have not kept the Commandments. What is that curse? Spiritual death is the curse! Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Ezekiel 18:4 says, “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
The fact is, all have sinned and all have broken these Ten Commandments. There is not one person alive that has kept all of the Ten Commandments. All men are under the curse of death in hell for breaking God’s Ten Commandments.
Trying to follow the Ten Commandments does not remove the guilt and does not remove the curse! The Commandments give us no hope. In 2 Corinthians 3:7, the Ten Commandments are called ‘the ministration of death”
The Ten Commandments show our STUMBLING
Many people believe that if they try to keep the Commandments, God might have mercy on them and forgive them. This is never taught in the Bible. The opposite is taught. In fact, there are two things that the Law cannot do.
- The Law cannot forgive sin. The Bible says in Galatians 2:16 that, “…a man is not justified by the works of the law…” “Justified” is another word for forgiveness. God says no person can be forgiven by the Ten Commandments.
- The Law cannot give righteousness. We know that we cannot go to Heaven unless we are righteous. Some hope to become righteous by trying to keep the Law. God warns us of this error in Galatians 2:21, “…if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” If you think that you can become righteous by following the Commandments, you are replacing Jesus Christ’s work on the cross with your works! Maybe you are trusting the wrong thing. You need to change your mind and trust Christ instead of the Ten Commandments. Jesus cannot help you as long as you are trusting the Law. Galatians 5:4 says, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law…”
The Ten Commandments show us the SAVIOUR
We just stated that the Law cannot forgive sins and it cannot give righteousness. The good news is that Jesus Christ can! The most important lesson of the Law is that we are sinners and need Jesus to forgive us. The Bible states in Galatians 3:24-25, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” The Law is only a teacher. It shows us our need for Jesus Christ. We cannot earn forgiveness for our sins, but He can give us forgiveness as a free gift…. Romans 6:23 says, “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” If you receive Jesus today, He will give you eternal life. If you try to earn Heaven by doing the good works of the Ten Commandments, you cannot go. Salvation is a gift, not a debt.
If you receive Jesus, you will have “…his righteousness for the remission [forgiveness] of sins…” Jesus gives forgiveness and righteousness. The Ten Commandments cannot do that. Which do you want to trust for your Salvation?
If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
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