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In the previous lesson, we learnt that we are “saved by grace through faith”; of ourselves, we can do nothing to be saved. But , the question is, when we accept Christ and surrender our lives to Him, ‘what type of life are we expected to live?’ What does God re-quire of us? Does He have a standard by which He will judge us? Are we all free to choose the standard by which we live as Christians?
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:_______________ God, and ______________ His _____________________: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Our duties in relation to God are derived from this princi-ple—to “fear” or “love” God (Matthew 22:37-40). And the greatest demonstration that we truly fear or love God, is that we should obey His commandments (John 14:15; Deuteronomy 6:1-5).
“Thou shalt have _______ ____________ ____________ before me.”
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any _______________, . . . . Thou shalt not ____________________thyself to them, nor ___________ them:
“Thou shalt not take the __________of the LORD thy God in __________;
“Remember the ______________ _______, to keep it ____________.
“Honour thy ______________ and thy _______________:
“Thou shalt not __________________.
“Thou shalt not __________________.
“Thou shalt not ___________________.
“Thou shalt not bear _____________________________
“Thou shalt not _________________________.
These are the Ten Commandments that outline our duty to God and to our fellowmen. The first four (4) commands outline our specific duties to God and the last six (6) speak to our duty to our fellowmen (see also Deuteronomy 5:6-21).
“. . . Thou shalt ____________ the Lord thy __________ with all thy ______________, and with all thy ___________, and with all thy _____________. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt ______________ thy ________________ as thyself. On these two ________________ hang all the law and the prophets.”
The Ten Commandments are based on the principle of love—love to God and love our fellowmen. Love is the basis of all of God’s commandments (see also Romans 13:8-10).
“. . . . And he declared unto you His ___________________, which he commanded you to perform, even _________ __________________; and he ________________ them upon two __________ ______ _________________.”
The Ten Commandments were spoken from Mount Sinai to the Children of Israel by God Himself, who wrote them on two ta-bles of stone with His own fingers and gave the stones to Moses (see also Exodus 24:12; 31:18).
“Therefore by the ______________ of the _____________ there shall no ______________ be _____________ in his sight:”
The Law of God is the standard of righteousness, but it is not the means of salvation. Man, because of sin, has fallen under the condemnation of the law and has become so morally weak, that of himself he cannot render acceptable obedience to the law of God (see Romans 8:6-8; Isaiah 64:6). Therefore, man cannot be saved from sin by merely attempting to obey the law.
“. . . I had not known ____________, but by the ___________: for I had not known ____________, except the law had said, Thou shalt not ______________.”
Like a mirror that shows us our true physical condition, the Law of God reveals to us our true spiritual condition. It points out sin in our lives, but it is not able to save us from sin (see also Romans 3:20).
“Therefore we conclude that a man is ____________ by ______________ without the deeds of the _____________.”
“Do we then make ________________ the ___________through faith? God forbid: yea, we ________________ the law.”
“Blotting out the ________________ of _______________ that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, _________________ it to his _______________;” (see Ephesians 2:15)
The Bible refers to the “handwriting of ordinances” or the “law of commandments contained in ordinances” as being abolished by the death of Jesus Christ. These phrases do not refer to the Ten Commandments, which are the moral standard of God’s government. These phrases refer to the “ordinances” and “laws” that were established in relation to the earthly sanctuary services established by God in the wilderness to teach the Children of Israel the principles of salvation in types and symbols (see Hebrews 9:1; 10:1-5). These “laws” and “ordinances” were abolished when Jesus died on the cross, because, since the real sacrifice for sin had now come, there was no more need for the sacrifice of animals and for an earthly sanctuary service (see Matthew 27:50, 51).
“A new ______________ also will I give you, and a new ____________ will I put within you: and I will take away the _____________ heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my _________________ within you, and cause you to ________________ in my ______________, and ye shall keep my _________________, and do them.”
God, by the Holy Spirit, is able to write the principles of His law in the hearts of those who accept His salvation, so that they can walk in His ways and keep His law (see Hebrews 8:10; Romans 8:1-4; Psalm 40:8).