An original essay
by Edward Fagan
Jesus, the commandments
Jesus’ death and resurrection had to happen before man could regain access to eternal life. God also wanted man to continue keeping the ten commandments after the occurrence of those two events. Man’s keeping the Ten Commandments continues to be a necessary requirement for him to regain access to eternal life.
This is an awesome divine privilege, and Paul expresses this point clearly in 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10. Please see the following about the importance of keeping the Ten Commandments: Matthew 7:21, 19:17; 1John 2:3-4.
God required man to keep the Ten Commandments before his demise when he did not need a deliverer. He gave man the Ten Commandments in the Garden of Eden when he was sinless. Man fell because he failed at keeping those commandments.
Keeping the commandments helps us to develop Godly character and destroy the old sinful man, John 12:25. The old sinful man must die so that the new man can live in us Matthew 9:17. God’s divine spirit can not join our human spirit if it is corrupt with sin. We need God’s divine spirit to join our human spirit and make us whole, complete, Matthew 5:48; Job 32:8.
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Christ’s death frees us from inevitable eternal death, and His resurrection makes our resurrection to eternal life possible. Both events give us a second chance at eternal life, and allow us to benefit from God’s grace toward us. God’s grace does not remove the necessity of our keeping the ten commandments. Grace and the ten commandments are not in conflict with each other.
by Edward Fagan