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    A friend visited Rev. Ebenezer Erskine during his last illness and said to him, "Sir, you have given us much good advice; what are you doing now with your own soul?"

    He replied, "I am doing with it that which I did forty years ago: I am resting on that Word, 'I am the LORD thy God.' On this I mean to die."

    The night in which he died, his oldest daughter was reading in the room where he was. He asked her, "What are you reading, dear?"

    "One of your sermons," she answered.

    "Which one?"

    "It is a sermon on the text, 'I am the LORD thy God.' "

    "Oh," he replied, "that is the best sermon I ever preached."

    Shortly afterwards, he peacefully departed.

    How does this statement, "I am the LORD thy God," reflect the only grounds for true happiness and peace? Does this statement include you or not?


THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

The first commandment states, "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3).

Each of God's ten commandments have a negative and a positive aspect to them. Each forbids but also requires certain things. To do that which is forbidden by God's law is a sin of commission. To not do that which is required is a sin of omission.

How is the gospel revealed in the introduction to the law?












  • Sin of Commission - Doing that which is forbidden
  • Sin of Omission - Not doing that which is commanded

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