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.
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).
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).
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.
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)?
A popular sermon series by many pastors is entitled "All In".
This series comes from the Great Commandment verses in the Bible taken completely out of context and is intended to motivate believers to be "all in" for God, to move them from being "a spectator to a participator" in the church.
If believers are not careful, they will be misled by this series, trying to be "all in" for God, when God is not asking them to be "all in" for him.
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.
Spirit of God desires to reveal to you what God has prepared for those who love
this revelation, 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart
has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
revelation that God through his Spirit wants to give you is not something
conceived in the mind or heart of a person...no person could dream, invent,
develop, create, or design what God has prepared for you.
God has prepared is beyond the heart and mind of mankind.
As believers who live under grace (all that God did for us in Christ) and not under law (the Ten Commandments) does it matter then how we live?
The Bible teaches that as grace believers we should live a life pleasing to God.
Paul, whom the ascended Jesus personally taught, writes of pleasing God.
For example, in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 he writes:
“Finally, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live in a way that is pleasing to God, as you have received from us. This is how you already live, so you should do so all the more.
Those who live completely by grace through faith in Jesus alone and not by the law (Ten Commandments, rules, rituals, requirements, spiritual disciplines) and those who teach we live by grace through faith in Jesus and not by the law are many times accused by church leaders of not caring about or upholding the law.
Many of these church leaders believe we are saved by grace through faith, but also believe we live by the law (Ten Commandments) as a guide for moral living.
Many Pastors do a series on the Ten Commandments to teach people to live moral lives.
The Old Testament (Covenant) is understood by most to be a collection of books (Genesis - Malachi), and the New Testament is understood to be a collection of books (Matthew - Revelation).
However, this is an incorrect understanding.
The Old and New Testaments (Covenant) are not a collection of books but each testament reveals how God relates to people at different times in history.
The OT communicates how God related to Israel under the Law of Moses (Book of the Law, Book of Moses, or Written Code - Exodus 19-Leviticus, Deuteronomy) and the New Covenant is how God relates to everyone who receives his grace through faith in Jesus.