This Sunday, as we continue our series through the book of Exodus, we finally hit the 10 commandments. The law, the gospel, and the obedience of faith is an important issues that tends to be over-simplified, and often messed-up, in many of the online tweets and posts I see. Here's a teaser for Sunday.
What man Can obey all God's commandments?
To obey the law in a legal sense—to do all the law requires—no man can. Sin has cut the lock of original righteousness, where our strength lay. But, in a true gospel-sense, we may so obey the moral law as to find acceptance with God. This gospel obedience consists in a sincere and real endeavor to observe the whole moral law. "I have done your commandments" (Psalm 119:166); not, I have done all I should do—but I have done all I am able to do; and wherein my obedience comes short, I look up to the perfect righteousness and obedience of Christ, and hope for pardon through his blood. This is to obey the moral law evangelically; which, though it be not to our satisfaction—yet it is to God's acceptance.
- Thomas Watson, The 10 Commandments