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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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03/24/2011

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Can We Be Good Without God?


"The Ten Commandments" (Ex. 20:3-17).

To many, the Decalogue is the gold standard as far as God's Law is concerned. God prefaces them by pronouncing; "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery" (V2). God's laws reflect and display His deep love for His people. They were not just a mix of maxims that drifted down from heaven. Rather, they were, in their context given to a people who needed redemption. The Ten Commandments were not given as a means of obtaining redemption, but as laws to be maintained to their prior redemption. Why? Because redeemed people obey God!!! The Ten Commandments are maintained by the steadfast nature of God's love for His people. "Has any God ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides Him, there is no other" (Deut. 4: 34-35). To them, God gave laws to be followed. To us, through Jesus, He gives us grace...Our Christian ethics revolve around God's teachings and our obedience. The people to which the Ten Commandments were given could feel self-satisfied if the obeyed the laws. For us there is much more..."For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith----and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God---not by works that one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Eph. 2: 8-10). God's Word displays His love for us and we cannot be good without Him...We are to praise our Lord with our good deeds...

Have a great day...Christians should make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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