As amazing as it may seem, some people want to tell me what I believe. If they can just put words in my mouth, connect me with some denomination that they do not like, or categorize me in some negative way, then surely they could find something wrong – some way to discredit me for simply stating that we should keep all ten of our Creator’s commandments.
Well, they cannot fool me. I know what I believe.
I believe that we are saved, by grace, through faith in the redemption made possible – only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and not by works of the law. There is no law that can be kept that will save us. We do not however make void the law that grace may abound. That is not what the New Testament teaches.
I believe that Yeshua of Nazareth, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, laid down His life for the remission of “sins that are past” and not in order that we might break the commandments of our Creator and continue in sin. Not only did He lay down His life for us, but as believers, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit to empower us in order that we can keep those commandments.
I believe that if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. However, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Even so, I find no provision in the Old Testament or the New for the willful, on purpose, and presumptuous practice of sin. We cannot be the servants of sin.
I believe that The Ten Commandments tell us what is right and wrong; therefore they are all “moral laws.” Sin is the transgression of the law; and the unrepentant willful disregard for our Creator’s commandments will not yield everlasting life. There is more to Biblical Christianity than just believing.
The New Testament informs us that the devils also believe, and tremble; and that faith without works is dead. Scripture makes it plain: Those who know the truth regarding the commandments of our Creator, and choose to knowingly and purposefully disregard those commandments, which is defined as sin, will be subject to judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries.
As believers we must not practice sin, for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
In summary: I believe that our Creator wrote ten simple and easy to understand commandments in stone, that He made no mistake, and that He means what he says. I believe that breaking any of those “moral” laws constitutes sin.
I believe that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; and that as believers we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus – – Saved, by grace, through faith in the redemption made possible – only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, Yeshua of Nazareth, and not by works of the law.
I believe that my Savior loved me so much that He laid down His life to pay the penalty required for breaking His commandments, in order that I might enjoy everlasting life with Him.
I believe that I love Him enough to want to do what He says, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the Saints: I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts ….about what I believe.