Should Christians Obey the Ten Commandments?

There is no question God requires our obedience, but what is it He want us to obey? Should we follow the law of Moses, which includes The Ten Commandments? Or should we follow the new commandments given by Jesus? When Jesus gave us the new commandments He raised the bar much higher than the Ten Commandments (Matthew 5).

We cannot claim to follow the new commandments given by Jesus if we are still trying to follow the Ten Commandments. If we follow the new commandments then we no longer need the Ten Commandments because fulfilling the new fulfills the WHOLE LAW.

When we stand before the Lord, will we tell Him we opted not to obey his new commandments? That would be a terrible mistake.

Jesus said he came to fulfill the law. He also taught us how to truly fulfill it by the spirit. It is impossible to fulfill it any other way. That is why anyone who tries to live by the old testament law is doomed to fail, including the Ten Commandments. Trusting in the law is trusting in our own efforts, which is pride. Trusting in the grace of God is receiving a free gift, which requires humility. Only by the spirit and the free gift of grace can we fulfill the law. There is no other way. That is why it is so wrong and not scriptural to say we are still under the Ten Commandments. Those came from Moses, which was old testament. Jesus specifically referred to them in Matthew 5 when he explained His new commandments. The new replaces the old.

The WHOLE LAW has been fulfilled by Jesus and is now being fulfilled by those who follow him by his spirit. Unfortunately, those who follow him any other way will receive NO MERCY. That is why this is such an important topic. The law has been fulfilled by Jesus and is now being fulfilled by those who follow His new commandments, but it is not being fulfilled by those who reject His new commandments because they have chosen to trust in their own ability to obey the old ten commandments.

Christ is the END OF THE LAW. It says the WHOLE LAW is fulfilled by loving your neighbor. There are NO SCRIPTURES that say only part of the law was fulfilled and another part was not fulfilled. There are no scriptures that say the sacrificial laws were fulfilled but the Ten Commandments were not fulfilled. MC did not send me any scripture that says that and you didn’t either because that is not in the Bible. I challenge you to find it and send it to me. You will not be able to find it because it is not in there. When it says the WHOLE LAW is fulfilled by loving your neighbor, that means all of it, including the Ten Commandments. That is why I am telling you again you are not respecting the authority of the Bible if you insist on following these contrary views.

Jesus fulfilled the whole law and made a way for us to fulfill it too. This is contrary to following the Ten Commandments and makes no sense to people who are under the law because they are trying to earn God’s acceptance by their own good deeds, which means they are trusting in themselves rather than in God, which means they are full of pride in themselves, which is why God resists them and shows them NO MERCY.

In Galatians 2, Paul warns that anyone who follows the law is not under grace and is in sin. These are very clear scriptures. Scriptures never contradict scriptures either. So there are no scriptures that anyone can find that say that we still live under ANY PART OF THE LAW.

The Ten Commandments were given by Moses in the Old Testament. They are part of the Old Testament law. They served their purpose, which was to lead people to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. They are no longer needed now because we have Jesus Christ and the new commandments He gave us are far better. In Matthew 5 Jesus explained one by one how the new commandments replace the Ten Commandments. The new commandments are far more demanding, which is why they require us to go to God broken and humble receiving His grace as a free gift. He gave specific examples so we would understand clearly that these replace the Ten Commandments.

You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

The issue of the law versus grace is an issue of pride versus humility. Until you become like a little child and humble yourself you cannot grasp the message of grace.

That is why it is so dangerous to live by the Old Testament Ten Commandments. It is a rejection of the grace of God. It is like putting new wine into old wine skins. The end result will be disaster. The Bible says God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. That is why those who live under the law (the ten commandments) receive NO MERCY from God. He only gives grace to the humble.

NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES ON THE LAW:

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. (Romans 6:15-19 NASB)

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4 NASB)

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:6-8 NASB)

But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. (Galatians 2:4-5 NASB)

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? “We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” (Galatians 2:11-21 NASB)

You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain-if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? (Galatians 3:1-5 NASB)

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “The righteous man shall live by faith.” However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “H e who practices them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree “- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one. Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:10-29 NASB)

Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. For it is written, “R ejoice, barren woman who does not bear; B reak forth and shout, you who are not in labor; F or more numerous are the children of the desolate T han of the one who has a husband.” But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. But what does the Scripture say? “C ast out the bondwoman and her son, F or the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman. (Galatians 4:21-27, 29-31 NASB)

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. (Galatians 5:1-9 NASB)

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “Y ou shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:13-25 NASB)

For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. (Ephesians 2:14-16 NASB)

For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. For finding fault with them, He says, “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, W hen I will effect a new covenant With the house of I srael and with the house of Judah; Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers On the day when I took them by the hand To lead them out of the land of Egypt; F or they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not care for them, says the Lord. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of I srael After those days, says the Lord : I will put My laws into their minds, A nd I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ F or all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” When He said, “A new covenant, ” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. (Hebrews 8:7-13 NASB)

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