Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ten Commandments (4) - Modern Use

The Ten Commandments have three uses that are relevant to Christian life in the modern world. Here are the first two.

1. Sharing the Gospel
The Ten Commandments are a useful tool when sharing the gospel. They provide a good summary of the sins that can separate the unbeliever from God (Rom 7:7-12). This was the method Jesus used with the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-21)

2. Guidance for Christian Living
Although we are not saved through obeying the law, we express our love for Jesus by living holy lives. The Ten Commandments provide a little guidance about how Christians should live. A new Christian should stop stealing and cursing God. However, these commandments do not take us very far. A new believer can stop stealing, killing and cursing God, but that does not take them far as a Christian. Learning how to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit is far more important for growing as a Christian.

1 comment:

Ted M. Gossard said...

Good thoughts succinctly put. I especially appreciate your emphasis here on the Holy Spirit. As we walk by/in the Spirit we fulfill the intent and goal of the law, especially the law of love.