Do we have to keep the Ten Commandments to be saved?

Christians are saved by grace alone “For by grace are ye saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. Salvation is a free gift. Christians don’t keep the Ten commandments to be saved but because they are saved. Obedience is only the fruit of salvation. Obedience without love is legalism. The rich young ruler obeyed the Ten Commandments with out the love motive and His experience was lacking (Matthew 19:16-19).

The Bible in Matthew 22:37-40, commands us to love God and to love our neighbors, and ends with the words, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” The Ten Commandments hang from these two commands like our 10 fingers hang from our two hands. They are inseparable. Love to God makes keeping the first four commandments (which concern God) a pleasure, and love toward our neighbor makes keeping the last six (which concern our neighbor) a joy.

Obedience motivated by love is the only way we can please God. Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Jesus spoke of those who said, “Lord, Lord,” but did not do the will of the Father. Then He described many who would seek entrance to the kingdom claiming to be workers of miracles in the name of Christ. But He would sorrowfully have to say, “I never knew you: depart from me” (Matthew 7:21-23).

John confirms, “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). To know Christ is to love Him, and to love Him is to obey Him. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

The keeping the commandments are the real test of love. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). This is why they are so necessary in the experience of a true believer “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). The beloved John summed it up in these words: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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