“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exo. 22:17)
Which one will guarantee you entrance into the kingdom of heaven, following the Ten Commandments, or being saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ?
The word covet means to desire, and if you are desiring something that does not glorify God, you are sinning. We have no ability in the flesh to cease our desires that are against the Lord, only the Holy Spirit can do that, the law was the taskmaster to bring this truth to the children of Israel. Why is it then, since we are not under the law but under grace, that so many places for so many years placed the Ten Commandments in view of so many? From city buildings to municipal courthouses, even in churches, why put the law up where grace is to rule?
Imagine driving on a road that is perfectly straight for many miles, and you are going as fast as that vehicle can go, then you see a speed limit sign. You have the choice to adhere to it or not, the law cannot change our desires, it can only show us what is required. Coveting is desire, and no law can stop a man from desiring something, we cannot stop ourselves from it, though we might try vehemently, only the Holy Spirit can transform a person. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Why then would anyone who has been crucified with Christ, who is dead to sin, not dying to sin, but dead to it, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3) attempt to follow any law given to Moses?
In the first place if you are not of the seed of Abraham, but a Gentile, you were never under the law in the first place, and if you are, you are saved as any other person has been, by grace, not the law. They are either deceived by our adversary or they cannot correctly discern the Word of God. Do you, if this is you, believe that you will find favor in the eyes of God if you adhere to the law, do you think that there is some stipulation in the Scriptures that says, “You have been saved by grace, now go back and adhere to the Mosaic Law?”
Every works-based religious organization will find much fault with what has been written here, for their traditions are built upon not only parts of the law, but of laws they themselves have made. The truth remains though, no law can curb a man’s sinful desires, it can only show us the error of our ways. Not even the love we have for Jesus Christ can hinder them, though we would like to think so.
The Holy Spirit not only convicts us, but removes those sinful desires, we have no hope within ourselves in this regard. If you doubt these words, consider this, when you are glorified in heaven, just what do you think that means? Do you believe those sinful thoughts, those desires that in some way do not glorify the Almighty will be allowed in heaven, or will they be removed before you enter into His throne room? Who is going to remove them? You or God?
The law was sent as a taskmaster to show us that we cannot attain to that which God demands of us, only He can do that. So, which saved you, the law or grace? And if grace, why go back to the law?