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Notice carefully, when we are 'born-again', we are then 'indwelled' with 'the nature of God' and 'the Holy Spirit', who gives us the power to first 'love God', and 'others'. God is love. [1 John 4:16] We do not have 'this power' BEFORE SALVATION. This is why Jesus said, in answer to the question, 'What is the greatest law?. to wit, what is known as 'The Great Commandment', or 'the Law of Love', found at Mark 12:28-31; Matthew 22:34-40, 46; Luke 10:25-28, to wit: audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
'28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
[See also the 'law of Christ, as this Great Commandment is called, 1 John 4:7-8; 1 John 5:3; and rather than focusing on over 600 laws, Jesus fulfilled them all, so that we can focus on loving God and other people. Romans 10:4; Galatians 5:23-25; Ephesians 2:15 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html ].
Notice, please. These 'Scriptures' are for believers, as the Holy Spirit gives the ability and is the 'power' for obedience. [John Chapter 3; Galatians 5:23-24] That is why, one must be 'born again', 'yielded' to the Spirit. Anything we try to do is 'filthy rags'. [Isaiah 64:6] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Thus, Jesus taught in various areas in the Gospels on the 10 commandments, though not to earn salvation, but the spirit of the commandments are love of God, and love of others, and love does not harm. The Ten Commandments point out in the letter of the 'commandments' the harm done but one is not able to comply because of the pride of life, lust of the eyes, and lust of the flesh ruling in the old nature. [Romans 7:5; Galatians 3:19-21; Ephesians 2:3; James 3:15; 1 John 2:16 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html ]
For the follower of Christ, the avoidance of sin is to be accomplished out of love for God and love for others. Love is to be our motivation. When we recognize the value of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, our response is to be love, gratitude, and obedience. When we understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us and others, our response is to be to follow His example in expressing love to others. Our motivation for overcoming sin should be love, not a desire to legalistically obey a series of commandments. We are to obey the law of Christ because we love Him, not so that we can check off a list of commands that we successfully obeyed.
I pray this will clarify the questions on the 'significance' of the Ten Commandments. Hopefully, you can 'search the Scriptures' during the break for further understanding. [Acts 17:11] Amen. Amen.
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