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Summary of the Ten Commandments
The Law is our schoolmaster
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:24
How does the Law bring us to Christ?
Moses gave us God's Law; so that humanity might
have their sins identified and assigned to them, shows it its utter
helplessness without God, and demonstrate the horrid outcome of sin.
God wanted to show us how terribly sinful we are, humble us,
and give us a desperate need for God Himself.
In witnessing encounters, we come across a lot of people who think that being a "good person"
will get them into Heaven. Most people think that they are good, because they can always point to
someone who is worse than they are. People judge others by actions, but themselves only by good intentions.
Now, we as Christians know that there is no one who is good (Psalm 14:3) and that we could never do enough
good to earn our way into Heaven (Eph. 2:8-9), yet getting the sinner to see their need for Christ
to save them from their sins is the dilemma.
Thankfully, God has given us a mirror, God's Law, to hold before the unsaved to help them see their true condition.
That mirror is the summary of the Ten Commandments.
When I am witnessing to a "good person", I will ask, "Would you mind taking the Good Person Test?"
If they agree (the large majority do, because they think they will pass with flying colors)
I ask them the following questions:
1. Have you ever loved anything or anyone more than God?
2. Have you ever made a God out of someone or something?
3. Have you ever used God's name as a cuss word?
4. Have you always kept the Sabbath Day holy?
5. Have you always honored your father and mother?
6. Have you ever hated anyone (God considers hatred to be murder)?
7. Have you ever lusted after anyone (God considers lust to be adultery of the heart)?
8. Have you ever stolen anything (the dollar amount doesn't matter)?
9. Have you ever lied (fibs and white lies count)?
10. Have you ever jealously desired what belongs to others?
As I ask each question, the "good person" begins to realize that their standard of good is different from God's. I continue by explaining that if they have broken even one of the Commandments, they have broken the law, and the penalty for breaking the law is death and Hell.
But then I give them the Good News: God, Himself, made a way of escape for us so that we wouldn't have to go to Hell - JESUS! Jesus died on the cross to pay our fine and set us free. All we have to do is receive what He has done for us, repent and ask forgiveness of our sins, and make Him the Lord of our life.
Presenting the Good News to the "good person" before giving them the bad news-that they have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God--is putting the cart before the horse. It would be like a doctor telling his patient that there is a cure for his terminal disease before the patient even knows that he is sick.
I encourage you to try the "Good Person Test" in your soul winning adventures (it helps to have the Ten Commandments memorized). It has revolutionized my entire approach to personal witnessing.
God's Law is the Ten Commandments
And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.
Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD.
Jesus said, If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15