The Ultimate Sign of Love

Bible Answers to your Questions | Vol. 24 No. 2 | Jan-Feb 2014

On the campus of one Christian college, a well-dressed young lady entered the pastor’s office and burst into tears. “Pastor,” she cried, “my parents don’t love me!” Startled, the minister questioned, “Why do you say that? Your parents have sacrificed to send you here. They’ve provided you with spending money, all your books, and some very fashionable clothes. What more do you want?”

Wiping her eyes, she said, “They don’t love me, because they don’t care what I do!”

For this college student and others like her, love means more than gifts. True love reveals itself in guidance, correction, and even discipline. This girl felt unloved because her parents had no standards for her.

At Creation, God showed His love for Adam and Eve by setting boundaries for them. The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was forbidden. Satan made them think that this rule was arbitrary and restrictive. But soon after their disobedience, they realized that it had been forbidden to protect them from the terrible pain and consequences of sin.

Today, many Christians ignore God’s law—the Ten Commandments. Yet, they are still a wonderful expression of God’s love for us. In this study, we explore the importance of the Ten Commandments for us today.

Always pray before studying the Bible. God has promised divine enlightenment to those who desire spiritual truth. Psalm 119:130.

I. FIRST: LOVE

1. How has God shown His love for all people? John 3:16; Romans 5:8
2. As Christians, what should be our response to His love? 1 John 4:19
3. What does this love lead one to do? John 14:15
4. What is the evidence that we know God? 1 John 2:3, 4

IV. THE LAW AND OBEDIENCE

1. Should I obey God’s law? Ecclesiastes 12:13
2. Can I obey His law in my own strength? John 15:5; Mark 10:27
3. Then how am I to obey? Philippians 4:13; 2:12, 13

Only by surrendering ourselves to God and praying earnestly are we endowed with the power to say “Yes” to the Ten Commandments and to keep them.

4. What does God promise to do for those who truly desire and seek to obey His law? Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 10:16
5. What will obeying God’s law, through His grace, do in my life? Psalm 19:7, 8
6. As a result, what will be my attitude towards keeping the law? Psalm 40:8; 1 John 5:3

II. THEN: LAW

1. How were the Ten Commandments given to mankind? Exodus 24:12; 31:18
2. What are the first four commandments, and to whom do they teach us to relate? Exodus 20:3–11
3. What are the last six commandments, and to whom do these teach us to relate? Exodus 20:12–17; Romans 13:8–10

The Ten Commandments cover our relationships—first to God, then to all people. 1 John 5:2. It has been said that the just laws of every nation can be traced back to these commandments.

4. What is the purpose of God’s law? Romans 3:20
5. How enduring is the law of God? Matthew 5:18

V. GOD’S LAW IN THE LAST DAYS

1. How are God’s true people described during the final days of Earth’s history? Revelation 14:12
2. Who will be the ones to enter the heavenly city? Revelation 22:14
3. Because Satan hates God’s law, how does he regard those who obey it? Revelation 12:17
4. What will happen to those who strive to live godly lives? 2 Timothy 3:12

THE LAW AND GRACE

1. How is a person saved? Ephesians 2:8, 9
2. Does faith in Christ abolish the need for God’s law? Romans 3:31
3. Do works have any place in the life of a Christian? Ephesians 2:10; James 2:14–17
4. What does grace accomplish in the life of the believer? Titus 2:11, 12

Only faith in Jesus’ grace can save sinners, not any of their works. It is true faith in Jesus Christ that will result in accepting God’s grace—power that God gives us so that we will not be overcome by sin. Romans 6:14. Grace in the Christian’s life will then lead to good works. Galatians 5:6; Titus 2:14.

SUMMARY

When a man dies, all his thoughts perish. He is not aware of anything. The Bible describes this unconscious state as a sleep. Therefore, the dead cannot actually communicate with the living. However, evil spirits can impersonate familiar dead friends or relatives.

When the dead are buried in the grave, the righteous do not rise again until the resurrection at the Second Coming. Job 14:10–15. The wicked who did not believe in Jesus are resurrected later for eternal destruction in the lake of fire. All that is sinful will be burned until nothing is left. But Christian believers who died having accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will be resurrected by Jesus to inherit eternal life.

COMMITMENT

If I die before Christ returns, by the grace of God I want to be a part of the resurrection of the righteous. In the meantime, I want to be protected from deceptions about the dead.

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