When a Christian deals about God’s 10 commandments, he mostly means the 10 commandments, which Moses received from God in the old covenant. Often one has no insight in the 10 fulfilled (perfect) commandments, which our Lord Jesus Christ has given us in His sermon on the mount. Therefore we need to study accurately these commandments, which our Lord has given us.
It is impossible to fulfill these 10 commandments in our human power and will.
These 10 commandments of our Lord Jesus show us in what things we fail. But if we confess these shortcomings, they will be forgiven us. Then we wash our conscience in the dear Blood of God’s Lamb, and we are washed in His blood by Him also. We are not yet able to achieve these commandments of our Lord without sinning against them, because we are not yet made perfect. Even the Mosaic 10 commandments we can’t achieve in our unperfected state. Don’t mourn therefore, if you are not able to keep these fulfilled (perfect) laws of our Lord. Our shortcomings only prove our unperfected state in Christ Jesus. This perfect state, however, is a state, which He demands, therefore He will bring us in this perfect state.
Mat. 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father Which is in heaven is perfect.”
These 10 commandments (laws) of Jesus have a core, which we can find in Mat. 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
So we have to love God above all, even above our own life, and love our neighbour as our self.
It is possible for us to be nice and kind, but not doing so cordially. Our human nature has to die. Only then the Lord will build in us His Divine nature. This Divine nature does not come before the Lord has burned away our old, sinful nature.
In the biological nature we have a perfect example in the development of a caterpillar into a butterfly. If the caterpillar wants to be a butterfly, he has to surrender himself in a process of dying in order to come in the state of a butterfly. The same we have in the spiritual world. The Divine life does not come before we have brought our sinful, human life, in the power of the Spirit of God, into death, by sharing the death of God’s Lamb. The old sinful man in us wants to be cherished and be served. If not, we may come to hatred. By God’s grace we have to be borne again out of God, and become mature in this Divine state.
Many Christians think they already have this love of God (in Greek: agapè), but they still have their human love (in Greek: philio), because they are not yet born again out of God, or because their process of – being born again – is not yet grown to maturity. For this being born again and its growth we have to share the process of dying, which the Lord wants to give us, if we are willing to grow into His death.
Rom. 6:5, “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection”
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By E. van den Worm