Certainly you’re not here to read more about what you already know doesn’t work.
I’m referring to trying to be acceptable to God by keeping the Ten Commandments, by dutifully obeying Jesus’ and the Apostles’ teachings, even by following the common-sense instructions in the Psalms and Proverbs.
They’re wonderful traits and admirable goals but consistency is elusive. So you’ve strived harder –asked for more strength to succeed– but each successive failure seems to push Him farther and farther away.
Let me offer something fresh that does work –and it’s in agreement with the key matters that we learned in church.
God only uses the two original laws –the ones given in the Garden of Eden– as His standard for being acceptable. He presented them using two trees –both known by their fruit. A little later we’ll see why the other laws were added. In the meantime, here are some highlights of those two.
After putting them in the middle of the garden, He identified the most important tree first: the tree of life –then the other: the tree of death. Essentially God said “When you try to take over My role as the Judge of good and evil, you will also find yourself severed from Me –your spirit separated from My Spirit.” That’s the death pictured in .
By eating the fruit, Eve revealed that –regardless of the warning– she was going to decide for herself what was good and what was evil. Adam joined her –and in their new role as judges, they introduced self-righteousness –a contrived goodness.
We are born into that predicament –separated from God (we’re lifeless)– but He offers the remedy. Jesus was referring to Himself as the fruit on the tree of life (the cross) when He said “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (from ).
Those two laws –along with the ones that came later– were established to show us that God loves us so much that He provided His Remedy in advance of our condition. It’s reflected in the order that the trees were identified.
And just as He did for that first couple, He makes us totally acceptable to Himself by wrapping us within His Lamb –giving us eternal life with Him and protecting us from ever being separated from Him again.
I’m sure you’re asking “Then why are there so many do’s and don’ts in the Bible –especially the Ten Commandments?” Read on…