|The Lord Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Monday, 22 June 2009 15:30|
The Lord Jesus Christ and
the Ten Commandments
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:17-19)
Some argue that when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross everything had been fulfilled therefore the Law was destroyed. This is gross misinterpretation of Scriptures. Our Lord said, “till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” The Bible clearly tells us when “heaven and earth passes away.” The apostle Peter describes “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (2 Pet. 3:10) The apostle John saw “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.” (Rev. 21:1) From these verses we understand the Law will only pass away when the Lord Jesus Christ returns and the world is destroyed. Why is the law still necessary in our present age? The Bible tells us: “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Rom. 3:20)
Although no one is justified by the law yet without it there is no knowledge of sin. If the Ten Commandments were abolished then how would anyone know what is sin. In many modern civilizations adultery, homosexuality and abortion are not considered as crimes with punishment attached to them, but to God they are very grievous sins. In America parents are penalized for excessive spanking that is considered child abuse, but for abusing or dishonoring parents there are no penalties. We can see that rules devised by man may be in direct conflict with God’s moral laws. Without the Ten Commandments there would be no divine standard for right and wrong.. For this reason God made keeping the Ten Commandments a duty for mankind, and also a standard for the Final Judgment. (Ecc. 12:13-14; Rom. 2:11-12)
A rich young man asked the Lord Jesus Christ this critical question “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” Our Lord replied: “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Mt. 19:16-19) The man wanted to know what commandments He was referring to. The Lord then quoted sufficiently to identify the Ten Commandments. His statement seems to contradict with the doctrine of justification by grace through faith, but in truth it is not. Let us look at this example. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:16-17) Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden by grace through faith. As long as they kept the commandment of God they would have eternal life. In the same way Christians are saved by grace through faith. As long as they keep the commandments of God they will also have eternal life. This is the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ summarized the Ten Commandments into two great commandments.
“The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mk. 12:28-31)
The first four commandments deal with man’s relationship with God and the last six deal with man’s relationship with his fellowmen. When you love God completely and care for others as you care for yourself, then you have fulfilled the intent of the Ten Commandments and the other Old Testament laws. This is looking at God’s law positively. Rather than worrying about all we should not do, we should concentrate on all we can do to show our love for God and others.
Many Christians only pay lip service to the Lord Jesus Christ by just saying how much they love Him. He made it plain to His disciples what is expected of them if they said that they loved Him. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (Jn. 14:15) “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (Jn. 14:21) The Commandments of Jesus Christ include both the Ten Commandments and those that were spoken by Him.
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