There is a statistic out there that proves faithful for everyone…10 out of 10 people die. Life has a 100% kill rate. The Bible promises in Heb. 9:27 “It is appointed unto man once to die, then face judgment.” Notice that verse does not say that after death we will face bargaining, second chances, or even forgiveness…we will face JUDGMENT! Now if you are going to be judged before God, it is important to know by what criteria. Look at what the Bible says in Rom. 2:11-13:11 For there is no partiality with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;
What is that law that Paul refers to here in Romans? In the Book of Exodus, God gave Moses 613 commandments that the people should live and be governed by. When Christ came, he abolished all of those laws and commandments, all except for 10 that are repeated in the New Testament. Those ten are known as the 10 Commandments. If you are unsaved, and you think that you will be able to get to Heaven on anything besides the grace of God through His Son Jesus, I want you to look at these 10 Commandments and ask yourself if you would stand innocent or guilty before God. The Bible calls these commandments a mirror that we are to look into, not to see how we look to ourselves, but to see how God sees us.
This is a Biblical approach to show someone their need for a Savior, to show them just how wretched we are in an unregenerate state before a Holy God. The Bible says in Rom. 3:10: As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one. Everyone you and I know stand guilty before God. We are all in need of a Savior, of a Redeemer, a propitiation for our sins…or rather a satisfaction or appeasement for the laws that we have broken. I want to tell you something that happened to me 8 years ago, that for some reason I’ll never forget, that will put the laws of God to the unsaved in some perspective. We all have the tendency to deflect blame onto someone else, using all kinds of excuses as to why we are not so bad…why we are not so guilty. Let me tell you this story:
Our church took a group to Kings Dominion about 8 years ago for a youth function. We stayed until the park closed, and at about 10 or 10:30 we packed up and headed back to Goldsboro. At the park, they were selling this little toy that was a mouthpiece that you would bite down on, and it would flash red and blue. On the way back, the speed limit was 65 on the highway. I was rolling along at about 75 or 80, now why in the world was I doing that…three reasons. One, I hadn’t seen a police office for about 20 minutes now, so naturally I sped up. Two, everyone else around me was also rolling along at 75 or 80. Thirdly, there were even some going faster than I was…doing worse than I was doing. You add these together and they were great reasons to be going about 15 to 20 miles over the speed limit.
All of a sudden, my nephew bit down on the mouthpiece, and all I saw was red and blue lights in my rear view mirror. That scared me to death. I thought a police officer had gotten in behind me, so I slammed on the brakes and slowed on down a few miles an hour. It’s funny how when the presence of the law came in, I wasn’t concerned about others on the road going as fast as I was. I wasn’t concerned about others that were doing worse than I was. In the presence of the law I was concerned about me and me alone. That is how it will be on judgment day…no excuses, no reasoning, no bargaining, none of this “everyone else is doing it” or “I’m not as bad as so and so” it will be you before the Lord, the Holy King, the Righteous Judge.
Look at how Jesus responds to a rich, young ruler wanting to know how to inherit eternal life in Mt. 19:16-22: 16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Notice that when this rich young ruler asked his question on eternal life, Jesus didn’t say, “Oh, eternal life is easy, just repeat this prayer after me…” Notice Jesus didn’t use the “God has a wonderful plan for your life” method. Jesus knew that he had to get this young ruler to recognize his utterly wretched, immoral, filthy, law breaking spiritual state, before presenting the Gospel message of salvation. We’ve got it backwards in the modern church today. We’re giving a Gospel message first to unbelievers that are seeing it as foolishness, 1 Cor. 2:14. Once we get the unsaved to see that they have broken Gods law and stand guilty before Him, then the Gospel is truly good news. Let’s look at some of those laws, and test ourselves to see if we are in the faith. When looking at these ask yourself the question of Rom. 2:15, does your God-given conscience accuse you…or excuse you?
In the book of Exodus, chapter 20 verses 1-17, you will find the Ten Commandments. #1 – You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me: Let me ask you some questions. When did you read your Bible last? When did you last pray? Have you fasted lately? At night when you lay down in bed, exhausted from the day, and you look on your night stand and there sits your Bible and your remote control…which do you go for? What is your single most dominating thought throughout your day? I just want you to ponder these and answer them accordingly. #2 – You Shall Not Make For Yourself Any Graven Image: Idol worship, all those things we allow to go ahead of God, they are idols. How do you view Jesus? Is he a hippie to you, all about love and all is well? Is he a Pharisee to you, all law, all rules, and no grace or forgiveness? We must make sure that we are worshipping and following the true God and Jesus Christ of the Bible.
#3 – You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord Your God in Vain: Did you know that some of the Jews in Old Testament times would not even say Yahweh? Because they feared that if they miss-pronounced the Lords name, it would bring a judgment on their house. How many times do we carelessly and commonly throw His name around as if it were not Holy and Sacred? Let’s look at commandment #6 – You Shall Not Murder: You may think that you are clear of this one, but Jesus taught in Mt. 5:21-22, that if you’re angry with your brother without cause, then you are a murderer at heart. Have you ever hated someone, harbored ill will against another? If your answer is yes, Jesus sees you as a murderer at heart.
#7 – You Shall Not Commit Adultery: Clear from this one too? Jesus taught in Mt. 5:27-28, that if you even look at someone, who is not your wife, with a sexual thought, you have committed adultery already in your heart. How many times have we been guilty of this crime? Let’s look at #9 – You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: This is basically saying not to lie. I’ve heard Christians say that God would not send someone to Hell for just telling little white lies. We must understand that it’s not the sin that we commit that is so great, but it’s the One against whom we sin. Let’s take a look at this from another perspective,
If I lie to my children, what happens? Nothing much, some disappointment and conviction, but that is about the extent of it. If I lie to my wife what happens? I sleep on the couch for a week of so. If I lie to my boss what happens? I’ll get fired from my job. If I lie to the government what happens? I’ll go to prison. Now what has changed in this scenario…it’s the same sin of lying, but the authority of the one which it was committed has become greater. So if lying to the government puts you in prison, where does lying to an Eternal God put you….and eternal punishment. You may be asking now, “These are absolutely impossible to keep, no one can do all this.” Exactly, apart from Christ, we are all guilty. These are meant do drive us to our knees, looking unto the Lord, crying out for help.
Just like in Num. 21:4-9, God sent fiery serpents into the Israelite camp to bit those who were grumbling and complaining against God. Moses prayed to God to help the people, and God told Moses to build a bronze statue of a serpent. Anyone who was bit by these snakes was to look up to the statue and they would be healed. All of us have been bitten by the ten fiery snakes of the commandments. We are to hit our knees and look to the cross for our salvation, healing, and deliverance. God has provided a way of salvation through His One and Only Son Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross, as the propitiation (satisfaction) for all the laws that we have broken. A price had to be paid, and Jesus Christ paid it all for you, me, and the whole world. We must accept this Ultimate Sacrifice to make us ready for the Ultimate Statistic.
You must do two things in response to this price being paid on the cross by Jesus Christ. First, we must repent. Repentance is apologizing to God for the sins committed against him. Not only asking forgiveness and saying sorry, but TURNING, from our sin. That thing which we first loved, we now will hate. That sin which we ran to, we must now flee from. Not only do we need to repent, but secondly, we must trust in the Savior. We must trust in the promises of God, that He is able to keep us until that day. If you truly repent, ask forgiveness, turn from your sin, trust in the Lord with all everything you are…he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin. We now can stand as righteous in His sight, and not guilty. God Bless.
I'm 28 yrs old married to a smokin' hot wife, i have a 2 yr old son, Parker and a 8 month old son, Gabe. I word at bb&t, I love my family, my church, and my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Diligently waiting for God to open the door into full time ministry. I love teaching Gods word and maybe bringing out something you've never seen. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cool rainy nights. I also love being generally specific.