You get caught speeding one day, driving well above the speed limit, and you get pulled over, given a ticket, and ordered to report to court one day for a judgment on your offense.
On the day you are to go before the judge your best friend decides to go along with you. During the trial the judge finds you guilty of the charge, after all, you were speeding, and fines you $500 dollars. If you cannot pay the fine you will have to spend 2 weeks in jail. You don’t have the $500 dollars to pay the fine and start to panic. You definitely don’t want to spend 2 weeks in jail! When you are just about to lose all hope your friend, sitting on the bench behind you stands up and proclaims, “I will pay his fine for him!” You are extremely relieved. Your friend pays your fine and you both are free to leave.
Outside the courthouse you tell your friend, “Thank you so much for paying my fine for me! I will pay you back as soon as I can!” But to your surprise your friend simply looks at you and says, “You can keep your money, I would rather you pay me back by slowing down, obeying the speed limit and driving safely. I am more worried about your well being than I am about my own money.”
“Awesome!” you exclaim “Thank you so much!” Then you jump into your car, pull out into the road, and speed away at 80 miles per hour before you are even out of sight of your friend, continuing to break that law again.
Now notice in the story above that you were not saved by the keeping of the law. You were saved by your friend’s willingness to pay your fine for you just as Jesus paid for your sins on the cross. But there are a couple important questions here.
First, did your friend paying your fine for you do away with the law you broke?
Obviously not, you are still expected to keep our speeding laws even if you are caught breaking them. In this same way Jesus’ death on the cross did not do away with our responsibility to keep his father’s commandments.
Second, how do you think your friend that paid the fine for you felt about you breaking the law again just after he paid your fine for you and asked you to obey the law?
Obviously your friend would not feel much appreciation from you for his sacrifice if you just continued doing the same thing that caused him to have to make the sacrifice in the first place. In this same way GOD feels we do not love and appreciate him or his son Jesus Christ if we just continue to commit the sins that caused GOD to have to sacrifice his son in the first place.
“We are not saved by keeping the law!” is a proclamation made by many people in order to argue that we are no longer “burdened” by the keeping of GOD’s Ten Commandments. I say that the Ten Commandments are not a burden, but a blessing, for they are the purest and only real standard of Good in all creation. When Jesus Christ is asked in Mark 10 verse 17, “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” he instantly responds, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.” (Mark 10:18,19)
In his response Jesus was not trying to teach that he himself wasn’t good. What he was doing was teaching that the only one in all existence who possessed the true standard of good, and therefore the key to eternal life, was GOD. Then Jesus immediately goes on to reference the Ten Commandments of GOD so that there can be no doubt as to what GOD’s personal standard of true good is and what he is talking about.
Christians are taught that we are not saved by the keeping of GOD’s law, and this is true, but unfortunately the people who generally teach this information go so far as to nearly wipe out the keeping of the law altogether! Many go even as far as to describe the keeping of GOD’s law as a burden. The real relationship between the law and salvation is really never explained to most Christians. But in the bible it is made very clear.
The law and salvation each have very important purposes.
The law reveals sin.
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law” (Romans 7:7)
The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paid for our sin and granted us salvation.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The bible teaches that our faith should establish the law, not tear it down.
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31
GOD taught that his law lasts forever.
“O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!” Deuteronomy 5:29
And Jesus taught that he did not come to change even the single stroke of a single letter GOD’s commandments.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-19
The Earth is obviously still here. And all has not been fulfilled as Jesus and the bible talks of much more to come in our existence here and in the next life. Therefore GOD’s law, the Ten Commandments, HIS “Perfect Law of Liberty” (James 1:25) is still as important and unchanged as it ever was.
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Jesus taught that the best thing we could ever do for him would be to keep his commandments to show love for him and our fellow man.
If someone is teaching us that any part of the law is unimportant the bible clearly says they are lying to us. And that through keeping the commandments our love of GOD is perfected.
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 2:3-5
Jesus Christ in the book of Revelation which he gave to John at
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws…” (Daniel 7:25)
Whenever we continue to break GOD’s commandments we fail to show our true appreciation and love for Jesus Christ. When we continue to recreate the offenses that put Jesus on the cross to begin with we might as well be nailing in the nails ourselves on that horrific day.
And yet 99% of the world including Christendom ignores GOD’s commandments, replacing them with traditions and commandments of men just as Jesus taught against and prophesized. The most obvious change being the substitution of the day of worship from GOD’s seventh day Sabbath to man’s proclaimed Sunday worship.
“The Bible says remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. THE
“…and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3
“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles… From the beginning to the end of Scripture there is not a single passage which warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” – Catholic Press (
) August 25, 1900.
Sin is the breaking of GOD’s commandments.
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4
Of course there are many ways we break GOD’s law. But it is our responsibility as Christians to grow, mature, and work to obey GOD’s law in our lives and in our hearts and minds. We should never let misled teachers lead us into error.
The death of Jesus on the cross paid for our sin, it did not give us permission to sin. And taking his sacrifice for granted by continuing to purposefully repeat sin is one of the worst things we can do.
Peace and GOD BLESS,
ken elliott jr