The reason some think they can keep the ten commandments is because they don’t realize they demand perfect obedience and not just the best “you” can do. You see, when God says, “Do not steal” He means ever! Not even a piece of gum. When He says, “Do not lie” He means ever, not even a little. When He says, “Do not covet your neighbors things” He means not even once!
You see, the Ten Commandments demand 100% obedience, so if you have ever lied, stolen or coveted, you have broken the Law and have no hope! But the Good News of Jesus Christ is, He in fact did fulfill the whole Law. This is why He said, “It is finished” from the cross.
“By one offering/sacrifice He has perfected forever those who are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).
The perfect demands of the Law are met in those who have placed their faith in the work Jesus did on the cross. By faith we have now died to sin, died to the Law and are free to walk in the Spirit.
So those who claim to keep the Law really don’t understand its demands. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ and what He did do. We are the ones who know for sure that we need Him because we cannot accomplish the perfection required by the Law. So we live a life of rest and thankfulness for what Christ Himself has done on our behalf!
The following is an excerpt taken from a great book by Bob George called Classic Christianity.
This is a lesson based on Hebrews 10:14 “Because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Jesus Christ has done it all.
“I find that few Christians can read that verse without flinching and trying to water it down. It is too bold, and the implications are too threatening. Notice that it doesn’t say we act perfect; this is talking about identity. But the Bible says that through Jesus Christ we have been made totally acceptable in the eyes of a holy God!
I’ll never forget a conversation I had several years ago with a pastor of a certain denomination that teaches that you can lose your salvation. The more we talked, the more obvious it became to me that this man really did have a good handle on the grace of God, at least intellectually. Finally I looked him right in the eye and said, “Jim, you know the Word of God. You also know how great a work our Lord did at the cross. I think you know too much to really believe that a born-again Christian can lose his salvation.”
A sheepish, sly grin grew on Jim’s face. Then he said, “You’re right, Bob. Jesus Christ has done it all. There’s nothing more that needs to be done or can be done to deal with man’s sins. I do know that once you’ve been born again, you can’t be unborn.” Then he turned serious. “But how could I ever keep my people in line if I taught them that? They would just take that message as a license to sin. So I don’t teach it.”
I really wonder how many other leaders in church history have done the same thing out of abject fear of “what the people will do.” The tragedy is that their fear is unnecessary—if they are teaching the entire gospel: not the cross and forgiveness of sins alone, but the cross plus God’s gift of the resurrected life of Christ.
God said in the New Covenant, “I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts” (Hebrews 8:10). If salvation was only forgiveness of sins without a change of heart, yes, we would probably take it as a license to sin. But not when Christ lives in us! When we are learning to experience the “abundant life” that Jesus Christ has promised, we become preoccupied with our daily relationship with Him: the One who loved us and gave His life for us, so that He could give His life to us. But we absolutely have to settle the finality of the cross in our own minds, or we will never be free to discover, experience, and enjoy the reality of the resurrection—real LIFE restored to man!”