Living by Grace

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Should Believers Keep the Ten Commandments?

The answer  to the question of this devotional thought is “No” and “Yes.” The Apostle Paul explains.

In the famous chapter seven of Romans Paul declares, “I was alive without the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” The commandment he speaks of is the tenth: “Thou shalt not covet….” In the larger context he testifies that when he tried to keep the tenth commandment, he was filled with all manner of covetousness.

In the passage the Apostle is arguing against believers attempting in their own strength to keep the commandments. The effort results in “death.” Here he speaks of the emotional and spiritual death of failure, guilt, and the feelings of inferiority.

Should a believer keep the ten commandments. Paul says, “No.”

But in the larger context of Romans seven are discussions of living by God’s grace-walking in the Spirit. In this approach to the Christian life the believer is not left to his own resources. He lives out of God’s resources. God living in and through him.

In Romans 8:4 Paul, having made reference to the death of Christ in verse 3, writes:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 Yes, believers should keep the ten commandments. But the only way believers can keep the ten commandments is by walking in the Spirit.

So now we are back to obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13.