The following post was originally posted on my wife Lisa's blog "Emissions of Faith."
Are the ten commandments still relevant to us today?
As I was listening to the ESV Bible reading plan (Deuteronomy 5-7) this morning, I was reminded of the instructions that God gave to Moses and the people of Israel after they left captivity in the land of Egypt. He gave them very specific instructions about how they were to conduct themselves as His people. These instructions are commonly referred to as the Ten Commandments. They are as follows:
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourselves an idol.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. Do not murder
7. Do not commit adultery
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. Do not covet.
God did not give His people these commandments as a means of saving themselves. He gave them these instructions so that they could see how desperately they needed Him to save them, since no human being is capable of following these precepts 100% of the time.
Today God still wants us to see our desperate condition apart from Him. We cannot measure up to God’s perfect standard. I cannot measure up. I desperately need God’s forgiveness each and every day. It is impossible for me to please God apart from Jesus’ cleansing each day. In the book of Romans it say, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). “For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) This requires faith that God is willing to forgive me and willing to impart His holiness upon me as the Scriptures say that He does.
Our God is still the same holy God that the people of Israel worshiped. His expectations of us are still the same. He expects us to be holy as He is holy. But He has provided our holiness since we cannot attain it ourselves. My holiness can only come through my acceptance of Jesus’ payment for my sins and living life in Him. As I live in Christ He enables me to live out the Ten Commandments which reflect His holiness to the world around me.
How are we reflecting God’s glory to the world around us today?