The Ten Commandments: Are they still relevant? – Part 7a
This portion of this series is being published on Labor Day 2012, and it has been a labor of love for the love of God and His Divine Word, both living and written.
This article in its entirety will be far too long, so I will conclude it in Part 7c. However, since Part 7c has already been completed, it will be published along with Part 7a and 7b as well.
As we left off in Part 6, there has been a disturbing trend of what some have termed as ‘greasy grace,’ or ‘sloppy agape,’ which basically means that God’s Holy Grace has been reduced to some form or type of nebulous cloud that when drawn over a person, the Lord Jesus somehow doesn’t see them sinning. I might add to this: “It’s a load of spiritual hog swill! “ Grace has often been used as an over-arching reason or excuse as to why a person is not practicing living a holy life, even as God Almighty has commanded us, not only in the First Covenant, but in the New Covenant as well. So let’s look at the Scriptures as our first and only resource.
As noted before, Romans 6:14b “for ye are not under [the] law, but under grace,” has often been taken out of its context and used to substantiate a doctrine that was never intended or taught by the Apostle Paul. There’s two terms that seminarians learn as they study the Bible and these are ‘Eisegesis’ and ‘Proof-texting,’ and these two terms are twin brothers. The first term is a Greek word that has been directly Anglicized and the process that this word describes is this: a person already holds a particular view of Scripture but they cannot directly prove it, so they ‘read their views’ into the Scriptures. The other term, ‘Proof-texting’ is when a person attempts to prove their view and they ‘lift out’ a particular portion of Scripture, often isolating the verse from not only its immediate context but even the entire pericope.
But let us now first look at v.13 as well as v.14a in order to broaden our view somewhat of the more immediate context.
Romans 6:13-14 (KJV)
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under [the] law, but under grace.
V.14a clearly states that ‘sin shall not have dominion over you.’ So working backwards, the text also states that we are not to ‘yield our members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin.’
This then negates any attempt by any Christian who might try to employ the saying, “I couldn’t help it, the _evil made me do it! But, for the Christian in real life….there are no such excuses! You, the Christian merely yielded yourself to sin by your own choice. Or as the Apostle Peter so adroitly summed it up in 2 Peter 2:22, “But it happened unto them according to the true proverb, ‘the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire’.”
The Apostle Paul directly lays out in Chapter 5 that it is by our faith in the completed atonement purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ’s perfect blood, and the fact that Christ has set us free from sin and death. Therefore, as Paul opens up the next passage (which is our Chapter 6), he does so with startling clarity:
Romans 6:1, 7
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? For he that is dead is freed from sin!
Romans 6:2, 11
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? …Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Well, shall we continue to sin? That which once mastered us, we now have become its masters, that is: we are supposed to be masters over sin and death….compliments of the Lord Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
We will continue in Part 7b. God Bless.