It Is Written, James 4:17, therefore, to him who goes to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
It Is Written, Matthew 15:19, for out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornifications, thefts , false witness, blasphemies.
People have known about the 10 Commandments from the time they were very young. Most people do not realize there were over 600, not just 10.
Even today, if you ask the average person if they keep the Commandments, you'll get a yes answer. You will even get this answer from the great number of people who can't even name three of them.
God gave the law to show men that they were unable to keep the law. The general idea up until then was, no law equals no sin. When Moses presented the people with the law, they all said they could keep it.
The fact is, no one could keep it. The people judged their behavior by their standards, not God's. Since no one could keep the law God sent a Savior to the people, Jesus Christ His son.
Things are no different today. We cannot keep any of the laws either. By God's grace in Jesus death and resurrection we are saved. We became righteous because of Jesus. Gods standards really are impossible for us to keep. As Jesus said, if you break one commandment you broke them all. If for instance you lust in your heart, you are guilty just as though you physically did it. As far as God is concerned, if you hate someone, it is the equivalent of murder.
The fact of the matter is, you cannot judge whether or not you are keeping a commandment, by what you do physically. Perhaps what is in your heart is what you really need to pay attention to. Many times people look to find out if what they are doing is a sin, so they check the Bible. They feel that if the Bible doesn't say it's a sin exactly, such as abortion, then it is no sin. As it says in the other verse James 4:17, you can also add, that if the Holy Spirit is telling you something that you are doing is wrong, if you persist in doing it, then it is a sin.
I think it is obvious to the average person, that with these impossible standards, salvation through Jesus grace is the only way we can be saved. Praise the Lord, He forgave all our sins on the cross, and when we occasionally slip, we are forgiven.
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Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation. Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
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