What does one mean when they talk about “God’s Law?”

A. In short, God’s Law is the Ten Commandments. More specifically, the purpose of God’s law provides a guide for conduct and a definition of acceptable behavior toward the goal of living eternally. It is the way that the citizens of His Kingdom should conduct themselves so that same quality of life is possible for everyone. It does not mean entering Heaven based on works but signals what types of behaviors lead down a path of ultimate destruction.


EXODUS 20:3-17

#1, verse 3 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

verse 4 Thou shalt make thee no graven image, neither any similitude of things that are in heaven above, neither that are in the earth beneath, nor that are in the waters under the earth.

verse 5 Thou shalt not bow down to them, neither serve them: for I am the Lord thy God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third generation and upon the fourth of them that hate me:

#2, verse 6 And showing mercy unto thousands to them that love me, and keep my commandments.

#3, verse 7 Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his Name in vain.

#4, verse 8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

verse 9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work,

verse 10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maid, nor thy beast, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.

verse 11 For in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.

#5, verse 12 Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be prolonged upon the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

#6, verse 13 Thou shalt not kill.

#7, verse 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

#8, verse 15 Thou shalt not steal.

#9, verse 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

#10, verse 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, neither anything that is thy neighbor’s.

ENGLISH: Geneva Bible 1599

In layman’s terms, honoring God’s Law means accepting the rights to live one’s life with absolute liberty and free of tyrannical rule, with the responsibility to live within God’s moral restraint; in essence ‘do no harm to thy neighbor.’ One of the best modern-day quotes that embodies this concept is as follows:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

Preamble to the Declaration of Independence