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Living By The Ten Commandments Will Cause Mental Torment

There is a person in the Bible who lived in mental torment because he sincerely tried to adhere to the Ten Commandments.

The more he tried to obey them, the more he disobeyed them.

He was in mental torment because the law he loved and tried to live by sentenced, or condemned, him to death.

He asked who could rescue him from this condemnation.

He then gave thanks to God for Jesus who took his condemnation.

Consequently, there was no more condemnation for this man because he placed his faith in Christ and was in Christ.

Why Did God Give The Ten Commandments?

Did You Know?

The Ten Commandments were given by God to enlighten us about sin, increase sin in our lives, expose sin in our hearts and minds, and then execute us for our sin (Romans 5:20; 7:7-25; 2 Corinthians 3).

But, Jesus, because of God's great love and grace, took our execution (Romans 5:8).

By faith in Jesus, we are freed from the Ten Commandments (2 Corinthians 3; Galatians 4:6, 5:1; Romans 8:1-3)

We now live in a love relationship with God where we call him Abba Father through the Spirit of Jesus who lives in our hearts (Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 4:6).

Free From The Ten Commandments

Did you know the Bible teaches that if you are in Christ you are free from the Ten Commandments and the bondage it brings?

Yet this is exactly what the Bible teaches.

It seems absurd, even heretical, to view the Ten Commandments as something we need to be freed from and that can put someone into bondage.

It seems the commandments, if obeyed by someone, can lead to freedom.

But that is the problem.

The Bible teaches that no one can obey the Ten Commandments (Romans 3:9-20).

We have all sinned and broken the Ten Commandments (Romans 3:23).

Trying To Obey The Ten Commandments Displeases God

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s Law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:5-8


What does it mean to live according to the flesh (the mind of the flesh) and what does it mean to live according to the Spirit (the mind of the Spirit)?

No Condemnation For Those In Christ



In Romans 7:7-25, we are introduced to a person who wanted to please God by how he lived, by what he thought, and by what he desired, yet he was frustrated because of his continued failure to live a life pleasing toGod no matter how hard he tried (Romans 7:14-20).

The standard for this person’s behavior was the Ten Commandments, the law (Romans 7:7).

This man delighted in the Ten Commandments (Romans 7:22).

He knew the law was holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:12).

He understood from Psalm 1 and Psalm 119 that to live according to the Ten Commandments would bring, life, freedom, and peace.

Not Ashamed Of The Gospel In Context - Romans 1:16-17

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” ”

The word gospel means good news.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, the good news he teaches about is the good news of God’s grace that God has freely given to us in Jesus for the purpose of giving us the gift of righteousness - a gift we receive simply by faith - and reconciling us to himself in a love relationship where we know God as Father.

What Does It Mean To Worship By The Spirit?

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh! For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.”
Philippians 3:1-3

So often when people comment on the meaning of a verse, or apply a verse to their lives, they do so without first determining the author’s original meaning of the verse.

Are The Grace Of God And The Wrath Of God In Conflict?

Are The Grace Of God And The Wrath Of God In Conflict?

The biblical answer is no.

Rather than being in conflict, God's wrath and God's grace are complimentary of each other.
 
The Bible speaks of God's wrath as the process of purifying the earth from all that is evil, sinful, and hurtful, and creating a new earth that is free from all that is unrighteous and ungodly...an earth where there is no more sorrow, pain, death, tears, etc...
 
It is a new earth that reflects his love.
 

We Can't Live By Faith And Live By The Law...It's One Or The Other

The law is the righteous requirements given to the nation of Israel to keep them seperate from the Gentile nations for the purpose of being a light of God's love to the Gentile nations. The law was the standard of righteousness.

This would include the Ten Commandments and the two great commandments to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as you love yourself. It would also include everything else in Exodus 19-Deuteronomy.

The Gentiles were never under the law.

Are The Grace Of God And The Law Of God In Conflict?

Are The Grace Of God And The Wrath Of God In Conflict?

The biblical answer is no.

Rather than being in conflict, God's wrath and God's grace are complimentary of each other.
 
The Bible speaks of God's wrath as the process of purifying the earth from all that is evil, sinful, and hurtful, and creating a new earth that is free from all that is unrighteous and ungodly...an earth where there is no more sorrow, pain, death, tears, etc...
 
It is a new earth that reflects his love.
 
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