Q50. What does the preface to the Ten Commandment teach us?
A50. The preface to the Ten Commandments teaches us, that because God is the Lord, and our God and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all His commandments.
“You shall therefore love the Lord your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments.” Deuteronomy 11:1
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Is God the Lord? Yes. I am the Lord, that is my name, Isa. xlii. 8.
Is this a name betokening authority? Yes. The Lord Most High is terrible, he is a great King, Psa. xlvii. 2.
Is it therefore an obligation upon us to keep his commands? Yes. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, I am the Lord, Lev. xviii. 5.
Is he our God? Yes. O Lord, thou art our God, 2 Chron. xiv. 11.
Is he so by covenant? Yes. I entered into covenant with thee, and thou becamest mine, Ezek. xvi. 8.
And by our choice? Yes. Ye have chosen you the Lord, Josh. xxiv. 22.
Is this a reason why we should keep his commandments? Yes. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, Deut. xi. 1.
And is it a reason obligatory to Gentiles as well as Jews ? Yes. For is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yea of the Gentiles also, Rom. iii. 29.
Is God our Redeemer? Yes. All flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, Isa. xlix. 26.
Hath he redeemed us from outward troubles? Yes. The angel that redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads, Gen. xlviii. 16.
And from our spiritual enemies? Yes. We are delivered out of the hands of our enemies, Luke i. 74.
And from the bondage of sin? Yes. He shall redeem Israel from all their iniquities, Psa. cxxx. 8.
And from eternal wrath? Yes. Who hath delivered us from the wrath to come, 1 Thess. i. 10.
Are we then in gratitude bound to obey God? Yes. Truly I am thy servant, I am thy servant, thou hast loosed my bonds, Psa. cxvi. 16.
And in justice? Yes. For ye are not your own, 1 Cor. vi. 19.
And are we guilty not only of horrid ingratitude, but of great impiety if we do not? Yes. For will a man rob God? Mal. iii. 8.*
*A national covenant being a thing peculiar to the Jewish economy; what is said under the foregoing answer can only with propriety be applied to real saints, under the gospel dispensation.
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Q1. How many reasons or arguments are there in the preface, to oblige and persuade us to keep all God’s commandments?
A1. There are in the preface three reasons or arguments to oblige and persuade us to keep all God’s commandments. 1. Because God is the Lord: “I am the Lord.” 2. Because God is our God: “I am the Lord thy God.” 3. Because God is our Redeemer: “Which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
Q2. How can God be said to bring his people out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage now?
A2. As God brought his people of old out of the earthly’ Egypt, and the bondage of men; so he doth now bring his people out of the spiritual Egypt, and the bondage they are in unto the devil and their own lusts.
Q3. How are we bound and obliged to keep God’s commandments as he is the Lord?
A3. We are bound and obliged to keep God’s commandments as he is the Lord, because, as he is the Lord, lie is our Creator and supreme Sovereign, and we owe to him all obedience, as we are his creatures and subjects. “Serve the Lord with gladness. Know that he made us, and not we ourselves.”— Ps. 100:2, 3. “Who would not fear thee, O King of nations I for to thee doth it appertain.” – Jer. 10:7.
Q4. How are we bound and obliged to keep God’s commandments as he is our God?
A4. We are bound and obliged to keep God’s commandments as he is our God, because, as our God, lie hath taken us into covenant, and brought us into a special relation to himself; and hereby laid a greater obligation upon us to do him service. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments alway.”— Deut. 11:1.
Q5. How are we bound and obliged to keep God’s commandments as he is our Redeemer?
A5. We are bound and obliged to keep God’s commandments as he is our Redeemer, because God hath redeemed us for this end, that, being free from the slavery of sin and Satan, we might be encouraged and enabled to yield obedience unto him. “Ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”— 1 Cor. 6:19, 20. “That we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.”— Luke 1:74, 75.