I know I’m a sinner. How about you?
How do you measure up against the Ten Commandments? Check it out yourself:
“And God spoke all these words:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’ (Exodus 20:1-17, The Holy Bible, New International Version).
Still not sure that you are a sinner? Listen closely:
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Can you state unequivocally that you have fulfilled these two commandments to perfection? Of course not. No one has, that is, except Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and then gave his life for you and me.
Because he was sinless and perfect, he was able to be the ultimate sacrifice for sin. This is why his death on the cross was accepted by God as full payment for our sin-debt. Think about it.
Jesus is the reason we have the privilege to choose where we will spend eternity: with or without God. His death is the only acceptable payment for the unimaginable debt of sin that every one of us owes God. He has paid the debt in full; all we must do is believe and receive Christ. God writes our names in the Book of Life and we spend eternity with him.
There are those who have and will reject Christ and for them, there is nothing left but the judgment, which they will face on their own, utterly guilty before God. Make no mistake. Judgment is coming. “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20: 11-15).
Father, let your word go forth and accomplish that for which you sent it. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.