"Oh, How I Love Your Law!"
The great principles of God’s law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God’s love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are binding upon all people in every age. These precepts are the basis of God’s covenant with His people and the standard in God’s judgment. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit they point out sin and awaken a sense of need for a Saviour. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments. This obedience develops Christian character and results in a sense of well-being. It is an evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow men. The obedience of faith demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness. (Ex. 20:1-17; Ps. 40:7, 8; Matt. 22:36-40; Deut. 28:1-14; Matt. 5:17-20; Heb. 8:8-10; John 15:7-10; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 John 5:3; Rom. 8:3, 4; Ps. 19:7-14.)2. Through meditation on God’s Word, God enables us to obey—“And [the copy of the law that he wrote] shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law” (Deut. 17:19). Meditation on God’s instructions comes before obedience. Through time spent in God’s Word, God enables the king to keep the law. From the beginning, God’s people have always been those who keep His commandments while in a heart relationship with Him. God Himself promises to circumcise their hearts, so that they will be able to follow His statutes (Deut. 30:6). Thus, the Ten Commandments can be read as 10 promises (e.g., “[I promise,] you shall have no other gods before Me”). Jesus reiterates this principle in the New Testament by calling Himself the vine and His followers the branches, who will bear fruit only as they abide in Him, and He molds them into His image (John 15:1-8).