Exodus 20:2-3 (KJV)
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage
A popular method of presenting the gospel right now is to use the Ten Commandments to “get the sinner lost.” The idea is to go through the Commandments and ask them if they have ever broken any of them.
- Have they ever lied?
- Have they ever taken the name of the Lord in vain?
- Have they ever taken something that did not belong to them?
Using this information as a starting place then the soul winner can show them forgiveness is found in Christ.
This is all well and good. I am not faulting it at all. I merely note that deliverance is the basis for the Commandments and not the other way around. It was not that they had broken these Commandments that God offered them deliverance or even that they cried out for deliverance that God offered them. In fact, it was because God had already delivered them that He expected them to keep these Commandments.
The order was this:
- The world was hostile to them
- They cried out to God for deliverance
- God heard and saved them from Egypt
- Then God gave His Commandments
The same is true in the Christian life. Faithful obedience to the Word of God is an expectation of the Lord upon the redeemed. It is because we are saved that we are to do good works.
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Exodus 20:2-3 Keep His Commandments
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