Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Are You Keeping Score?

James 2:10
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
Have you ever been to a law library? It is overwhelming how many books there are that contain, and attempt to explain our laws. If you look at the tax code alone it is staggering. The U.S. Tax Code and related literature contain 5.6 million words...7 times as many words as the Bible. The Law of God, however is made up of ten simple rules., called commandments. The first four deal with our relationship to God and the other six deal with our relationships with our fellow man. How many of the commandments have you broken? Some people keep score. The scripture today says " If you break one part of it you are guilty of it all. " I believe God gave us 10 simple rules to show us that no one is perfect. No one can keep these ten laws, just ten. That's bad news for us. But the Good News is that Christ died for us to pay the price for us breaking those laws. By the law no flesh will be justified. It is only by His Grace that we are saved not of ourselves lest we should brag. (Nichols paraphrase of Ephesians 2:8,9)

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