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Can the 10 Commandments Save Us?

The more I talk to people, the more they give me the impression that they are trying to get to heaven by obeying the 10 commandments.  Some of these are even Bible teachers. But can obeying the 10 commandments really save us?  A better question would be “has anyone ever obeyed all of the 10 commandments without fail?  Most people will say that they have, at some time or another, disobeyed one or more of the ten commandments.  I surely have disobeyed more then once.

So what do the scriptures say to those of us who have broken at least one of the ten commandments?  “For keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  For he who said “Do not commit adultery”, also said “Do not murder.”  If you do not commit adultery but do not commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.” James 2:10-11.  Breaking the law of God is sin. So those of us who have broken at least one of the 10 commandments (the law), are guilty of breaking the whole law.  What we must understand is that the ten commandments where not given to save us.  Instead they were given to show us that we are sinners in need of a savior.

A good example of this is when we drive our cars out on the roads.  How do we know if we are driving too fast and thus, breaking the law?  Our speedometers tell us how fast we are going but it doesn’t tell us if we are breaking the law or not.  Speed limit signs tell us what the law is.  It tells us the speed we should not exceed.  Now we know that if our speedometer is reading 67 mph and the speed limit sign says 50, we are breaking the law.

The ten commandments give us God’s standards on how we should live and also shows us no matter how hard we try, we cannot obey all of them.  They show us that we are indeed sinners and that we do need a savior.  The law doesn’t save us.  The law condemns us.  “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” Ezekiel 18:20a.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23. Christ Jesus is the only one who can save us.  (See our post entitled “Who is Christ Jesus?“)  Once we have received Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we try to obey His commandments not in order to be saved, but we try to obey His 10 commandments because we are saved and we want to please Him.

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14 comments to Can the 10 Commandments Save Us?

  • I’m only 17 but I have been reading The Bible for 6 years now!

  • admin

    Thank you for your comment. I am so happy to hear that you are starting your young life by reading God’s word on a regular basis. If we can help your journey, be sure to let us know.

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  • Random Person

    No, not alone at least. The only thing that can truly save us is repentanc and faith in and love for Jesus Christ Our Lord.

  • The word saved means to be salvaged like a car. God wants to save those of us who have few problems and he will refine us like gold as in a purification process. He want pure children who obey as Abraham, David, Jesus, Joshua, etc. All these people obeyed him. Even in proverbs they speak of the correction rod. To be corrected. Not beaten. Same thing with the weapons they will put down their swords and spears and the will beat them in to pruning tools. We are the great gardeners of life. In the begin God made the earth and there was no one to till the ground and where did he first PUT him( in a garden). Grace be with you my brother and sisters so much to say and so much to learn. We are one family representing our father the greatest king, master gardener, our father,our god, our source.

  • Mathew 6:33 but seek first his kingdom and righteousness(law) and all these things will be given/ added to you

    2 chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land

    Hebrew 11:6. Without faith(belief / confidence ) it is impossible to please god because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exist and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

    May the grace of our father fall upon your hearts in your search.

  • Without faith it is impossible to please god

  • admin

    Amen Pastor Steve! And the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is so great that He can save even those with many problems and sins. No sin is to great for Him to forgive. Only the sin of rejecting the Savior will not be forgiven.

  • Paul

    Congrats everyone for wasting your life to this crap! You really think theres a magical father figure hanging out in the clouds watching you and listening to you and judging you your whole life? Give your heads a shake will you?

  • admin

    Hi Paul,

    We Christians don’t believe in a magical father figure hanging out in the clouds. But we certainly do believe in a holy and righteous creator God who will one day judge both the living and the dead. But on the other hand, He is also a merciful God and is currently holding back His judgement on the earth to give as many people as possible a chance to turn from their sins and seek Him for eternal salvation. What is your view on life after death Paul?

  • James

    Every moment of every day we are at some kind of crossroads making decisions that may seem insignificant. Sometimes looking back, we realize that a series of insignificant choices has landed us on a path we never expected to travel. I had one of those AHA! moments today, as I reflected on a movie I saw back in March of 2010. It was one of several sparks that awakened a desire in me, that eventually evolved into an online ministry focused on the love and grace of God.

  • June

    Please list the entire Ten Commandments.

    • admin

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Ten Commandments: King James Version
      God’s Law, the Ten Commandents, is expressed in Exodus 20:2-17 (KJV) with the following, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

      1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

      2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

      3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

      4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

      5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

      6. Thou shalt not kill.

      7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

      8. Thou shalt not steal.

      9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

      10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”

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