Salvation Bible Basics
As we look through all ten of these commandments and think about them, we see what we really are. We are liars, thieves, blasphemers, idolaters and adulterers. This is serious business. Where do we stand? We are guilty before God, condemned because we are guilty of breaking His law!
In Matthew 22:35‑40, Jesus sums up the law in two verses. He says we should love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and body, with every fiber of our being and we should love our neighbour as we love ourselves. That sums up the Ten Commandments.
Can you say that every minute you have been consciously awake you have loved God with every bit of strength that you have? Can you say that you have pursued God, you have sought God, you have loved God, and you have wanted God with every fiber of your being during every waking moment? Can you say that? If you can’t, you are guilty of breaking God’s law!
Can you say you love your neighbour like yourself? That means you care more about your neighbour than you do about yourself. You are willing to put yourself out for your neighbour. You are willing to meet the needs of your neighbour, no matter what it costs you, even if it becomes a detriment to hurt you, you would rather meet their needs and you would do that freely, willingly, and joyfully. Can you say that you love your neighbour that way? If not, you are guilty of breaking God’s law!
You still might think you are not so bad. But look at James 2:10, ‘For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.’ That means that if you could perfectly keep all the law except one little point, you would still be guilty of it all. You must keep the whole law perfectly to meet God’s standard of righteousness.
Can you honestly say that you have always loved God with all your heart? Can you say that you have never tried to fashion a god after your own thinking and liking? Can you say that you have always given God the time He deserves?
Can you say that you have always honoured your parents? Can you say that you have never been angry towards anyone in your entire life? Can you say that you have never had a wrong thought about the opposite sex? Can you say that you have never ever told a lie?
Can you say you have never stolen anything that didn’t belong to you, even a piece of paper? Can you say that you have never desired anything that God didn’t want you to have? Can you honestly say that you have never let anything captivate your soul other than God?
Could you say on all Ten Commandments that you have never broken one, not even just one time? There is no person alive in the world that can make that claim. Since you can’t say, ‘I’ve never broken one not even just one time. I’m perfect overall,’ the Bible says you are guilty. God makes it clear that if you break one, if you offend in one point of the law, as far as God is concerned, when you stand before Him, you are guilty of it all.
One day you are going to stand before God. It really doesn’t matter what I think, or what you think, or if all of us get together and vote and say, ‘We don’t think it is ever going to happen,’ God says it will happen. It is a sure thing. When God judges you, He will judge according to truth, and the truth is the Word of God. For once in your life, I hope you will allow the truth to search your heart. You need to do it now before you die because then it will be too late. You need to understand that you are a guilty sinner before God.
So far all we have talked about has been bad news. But the good news is that it is possible to be right with God. In fact, the Bible says that when God looks at the world, He sees two kinds of people. There are those that have no relationship to Him. They have been judged by the law, and found guilty. That is where the vast majority of the human race falls.
But there are some that enjoy the tremendous blessing of having a relationship with God. They are related to Him. God has found a way of dealing with their sin, so that when they stand in judgment before Him, their sin will be taken care of. The answer is found in Jesus Christ. We will look at that truth more as our study continues.