The Ten Commandments Show That God Is Perfect
Do you consider yourself a pretty good person? If God demands moral perfection in thought, word, and deed, how will anyone enter into Heaven? First, take a look at the Ten Commandments to fully understand why we need a Savior.
- God is Perfect
- The Ten Commandments
- Three More Commandments
- Innocent or Guilty?
- Conclusion After Looking at the Ten Commandments
God is Perfect
How perfect is God?
Deuteronomy 32:4 refers to God as this:
"He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he. "
Psalm 18:30 says,
“As for God, his way is perfect: the world of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.”
Psalm 19:7 says,
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”
The Ten Commandments
So if God is perfect, who will make it into Heaven?
Why don’t we find out who is good enough to make it into Heaven, by looking at most of the Ten Commandments, found in the Bible.
Commandment # 1: “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Many people put other things before God. Money is the most common. But anything that you spend more time worshiping than God can be an idol.
Have you devoted your life to anything that could be considered a god in your life?
Commandment #2: “You shall not make a graven image before you in the likeness of God.”
Have you created for yourself your own god? This is more common than we realize. When we say that our god is one way and accepts certain things that we know to be wrong, this is creating our own god, which is a sin.
If you believe God is accepting of all religions, this is a created god you have made up. If you believe God allows you to do sinful things and it is okay, this is a created god.
Understand the real character of God, and what he desires of us by reading the Bible, and then checking with a pastor to see if you correctly understand what you read. Find a local Bible-believing and preaching church for help with this.
Commandment #3: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”
Have you ever used God’s name as a swear word, or have you ever joked around and used God or Jesus’ name when you did not really mean it?
This is taking the Lord’s name in vain. Many people are guilty of doing this.
Commandment # 6: “You shall not murder.”
Commandment # 7: “You shall not commit adultery.”
Wait. Hold on a second. Most of you have glossed over Commandments # 6 & 7. But wait. Jesus took these Commandments a step further. He says in Matthew 5 of the Bible that if you are angry with your brother or even called someone a fool, you have sinned in the same way as murder. He also says that if you have looked upon someone with lust in your mind, you are guilty of adultery.
So let’s try this again. Have you ever hated anyone? Or have you ever looked upon another person with lust?
If so, you are considered a murderous adulterer before God. Do you think you will be given a free pass into Heaven? No. There is no "free pass" so to speak. But God did provide a way, which will be provided in more detail below.
So far, we have only looked at five out of the Ten Commandments, and many have already been disqualified from being deemed perfect.
But I'm sure there is a wise guy out there that still claims to be perfect. So let's keep going.
Three More Commandments
Commandment # 8 says, “You shall not steal.” Have you ever stolen anything? Even something small when you were a child? Yes, even that counts.
If you have ever stolen anything in your life, you would not be considered a Steeler - those are only in Pittsburgh. However, you would be considered a thief before God.
After looking at just three of the Ten Commandments, how are you doing? Probably not so good.
Commandment # 9 says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Essentially, this means that you are not to tell lies.
Have you ever told a lie? Even a small one? It is still a lie.
If so, you are considered a liar before God.
Commandment #10 says, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anthing that is your neighbor’s.”
Basically, don’t strongly desire things that belong to someone else. That's a tough one in today's time.
Have you ever longed for something that someone else had? If so, that is coveting.
Would God consider you a covetous person on the day of Judgment?
Innocent or Guilty?
After going through the Ten Commandments, would you be found on the Day of Judgment innocent or guilty?
If you are being honest with yourself, then you will see that you are guilty of at least one of the Commandments.
So, if you are guilty, then would God, the perfect judge, sentence you to Heaven or Hell? Based on a guilty verdict, God would sentence you to Hell - a place of eternal torment.
But wait. As you are about to receive this punishment, Jesus steps in.
Picture a perfect man, pleading with the Judge (God the Father) for your life. Only Jesus - the perfect and sinless man - could offer his life for yours. Only he can save you from the guilty verdict of Hell.
Now, are you going to accept his offer to trust in Him, and escape a guilty verdict, or are you going to choose a life without God?
Conclusion After Looking at the Ten Commandments
What if I am guilty of breaking one of the mentioned Commandments?
The Bible says in 1 Cor. 6:9: “…do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
God judges us on moral perfect in thought, word and deed. If you are guilty of breaking one of the Commandments, then it is time to get right with God. Ask God for forgiveness.
But then you must believe that Jesus died on the cross to wash away your sins. Only the blood of a perfect man could atone for your wrongdoings. That is what Jesus did. He loved you enough to die in your place. Jesus - being fully God and fully man - then resurrected himself on the third day, and defeated death so that you and I could go to Heaven.
Sin is what keeps us from God. Every man and woman must individually seek God and repent from their sins, putting their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Then you will be granted everlasting life with God in Heaven.
No one is perfect. That should be made clear. There is no one good enough to keep God’s perfect law. If you claim you have kept it all, then you are obviously a liar, and have broken one of God's Commandments. Need I say more?
This should tell emphasize to you the importance of every individual person to get right with God.