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Question 113: What does the tenth commandment require of us?

Answer: That not even the slightest inclination or thought contrary to any of God's commandments shall ever rise in our heart; but that at all times we shall hate all sin with our whole heart and delight in all righteousness1.

Rom. 7:7, "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."

Question 114: But can those who are converted to God keep these commandments perfectly?

Answer: No; but even the holiest men, while in this life, have only a small beginning of this obedience1; yet so that with earnest purpose they begin to live, not only according to some but according to all the commandments of God2.

11 John 1:8, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Rom. 7:14 "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I."

Eccl. 7:20, For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

1Cor. 13:9, For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

2Rom. 7:22, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man";

Ps. 1:2, But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Question 115: Why, then, will God have the ten commandments preached so strictly, since in this life no man can keep them?

Answer: First, that all our life long we may learn more and more to know our sinful nature1, and so become the more earnest in seeking remission of sins, and righteousness in Christ2; second, that we constantly endeavor and pray to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to be renewed more and more after the image of God, till after this life we arrive at the perfection3.

1Rom. 3:20 "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."

1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Ps. 32:5, I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

2Matt. 5:6, Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Rom. 7:24 ,25, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. "

31 Cor. 9:24 "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."

Phil. 3:12-14, "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

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