The Ten Commandments: The Conclusion
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Hello and Welcome to Our Church Without Walls: For the past 10 weeks, I have been preaching a series of messages called THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. But why is this teaching so important to us, or at least should be? Because as a Christian, we are to judge ourselves - according to the laws of God. And I know that these 10 commandments are not the only laws of God, and there are others we are to judge ourselves by. But these are a good place to start.

Another important reason the Ten Commandments are important is that when we obey them, we will be storing up rewards in heaven, and I will tell you more about that in a minute. But first, today being the conclusion of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS series, I’m going to give you a summary of them, as well as the New and Old Testament references to them. I also wanted to remind you that the judgment for violating any of the commandments was death, with the only exception being the Tenth Commandment. That of course, was during the Old Testament period.

So here is a list of those Ten Commandments. Below each one you will find the Old Testament reference, with the New Testament reference on the right. Below those references, you will find the reference in the Bible, for the death sentence, for violating each commandment. Now today, while we are under the Grace period because of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross, our “death” penalty breaks fellowship and closeness with God.

(1) You shall have no other Gods before Me.
Exodus 20:3; Acts 14:15
Death Penalty – Exodus 22:20; Deuteronomy 6:13-15

 

(2) You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above.
Exodus 20:4; 1 John 5:21
Death Penalty – Deuteronomy 27:15

 

(3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Exodus 20:7; James 5:12
Death Penalty – Leviticus 24:15, 16

 

(4) Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:8; Colossians 2:16 (nullifies this command)
Death Penalty – Numbers 15:32-36

 

(5) Honor your father and your mother.
Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1
Death Penalty – Exodus 21:15-17

 

(6) You shall not murder.
Exodus 20:13; 1 John 3:15
Death Penalty – Exodus 21:12

 

(7) You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Death Penalty – Leviticus 20:10

 

(8) You shall not steal.
Exodus 20:15; Ephesians 4:28
Death Penalty – Exodus 21:16

 

(9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16; Colossians 3:9-10
Death Penalty – Deuteronomy 18:16-21

 

(10) You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; . . . nor anything that is your neighbor’s.
Exodus 20:17; Ephesians 5:3
No Death Penalty – but you will have the emotional struggle of envy, hate and other thoughts that lead to sin.

 

And now, for the crowns and rewards.

 

So my friends, having this new awareness of the Ten Commandments, should draw us to a closer relationship with God. That is if we begin to implement them into our everyday thinking. The application should be that when we honor God, He will bless us and all the things we do. We honor God by keeping His commandments and God then honors us by blessing us with rewards and crowns.

The rewards and crowns are given to us not only through blessings while here on earth, but when we get to heaven. I like to use the analogy of a football game to explain. Imagine that someone were to give you tickets to the Super Bowl, and pay for all your expenses. Then when you got there you and found your seats, they were in the worst part of the stadium and behind a pole (where you would have to look around it to see the game). That would not be a very pleasant thing at all. Of course, you would be grateful for the gesture of the paid tickets and expenses, but not a good view of the game. However, had your seats been the very best in the stadium, your experience would be quite different and a lot more enjoyable.

Receiving rewards and crowns in our life now is like getting the best seat in the stadium. I want to be right up front close to Jesus when I get to heaven. You know, where all the action is going to be taking place! And, while living the Christian life, I want to receive all the crowns and rewards I can. I want to be as close to Jesus as I can, and I want you to be there too! And from what I understand, there is plenty of room.

So start working on receiving those crowns and rewards. Start practicing those Ten Commandments. After all, once we get to heaven, I wouldn’t want to have to look around a big pole, or watching on a remote monitor to see Jesus. I don’t think you would either. Not for eternity. That’s an awful long time. So let’s all begin honoring God the way we ought to. Because then one day, when we all see Jesus, “Oh, what a rejoicing that will be! For when we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout with victory!”

I’m Pastor Robby sharing His Word, His Work, His Way