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Your Pardon

Governments sometimes grant pardons to convicted criminals, even when there is no doubt what-so-ever as to their guilt. The reasons for the pardon may be varied, but there is always one condition to the pardon, apart from everything else - a truly repentant attitude. But after the pardon is granted, is the person who received it then free to commit crimes? What was "done away" by the pardon? The Law, or the penalty for violating the Law from which the repentant person was gracefully pardoned? Is the Law itself done away because the penalty for violating the Law was done away? Or would returning to a life of crime make void the pardon? And what about the Government or Governor who mercifully granted the pardon? Would they be disappointed, angry, very angry toward the individual who betrayed their clemency? What would be their judgment of that lawless rebel thereafter? Would they be granted any more pardons?

Satan's Hatred Of The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments Christians can only be saved by the grace of God, through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that we can ever possibly do to save ourselves. We don't have the power to do it, and no amount of "law keeping," or "righteous acts," or "Levitical rituals," or "works" can possibly make God owe it to us. We can't earn salvation, but that doesn't mean that we can do as we please and expect God to put up with it through all of eternity. One Satan is enough.

All that is good is based on the Ten Commandments, from knowing Who the only true God is and how He expects us to obey and worship Him (the First to Fourth Commandments) to the inalienable rights of every individual to happiness and security (the Fifth to Tenth Commandments). The Righteous Law, the Ten Commandments, will never be done away - "till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law":

"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19 KJV)

What was Jesus Christ's answer to the question "what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life"?

"if thou wilt enter into life, keep the Commandments" (Matthew 19:17 KJV)

And just so that there is no doubt about what "commandments" He was talking about, He went on to describe The Ten Commandments:

"He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother" (Matthew 19:18-19 KJV)

Many Christian-professing people today hate the Ten Commandments as much as Satan does. They sneer at God's Law because they claim to be Godly people! They claim to be above God's Law, when even God is not above God's Law (see What Almighty God Can't Do). What does the Savior say about such people? What does He say they are?

"And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His Commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him." (1 John 2:3-4 KJV)

And what does Jesus Christ say awaits those "liars"?

"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:19-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does the Bible say about each of the Ten Commandments?

The First Commandment
The Second Commandment
The Third Commandment
The Fourth Commandment
The Fifth Commandment
The Sixth Commandment
The Seventh Commandment
The Eighth Commandment
The Ninth Commandment
The Tenth Commandment

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