The Apostles and the Ten Commandments
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Monday, 22 June 2009 15:54


The  Apostles  and  the  Ten  Commandments 


Some modern day ministers teach that all the Ten Commandments were abolished by the Lord’s death on the cross, but only nine of them were restored to the Church.  They claim the only commandment that is left out is the fourth one concerning the Sabbath.  This is absolutely false.  Here is the historical fact.   After the Lord Jesus Christ had died on the cross and His body was laid in the tomb, the women “returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils.  And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.” (Lk. 23:55-56)  The Gospel written by Luke states very clearly the disciples of Christ “rested according to the commandment.”  He was referring to the Fourth Commandment.  The disciples had kept the Sabbath Commandment after the Lord’s death.  The disciples of Jesus who had followed Him closely definitely knew nothing about such an abolishment.  Throughout the New Testament we find the apostles upholding the keeping of the Ten Commandments.          


Unfortunately many have the tendency to mix up the Ten Commandments with “the law of commandments contained in ordinances.” (Eph. 2:15)  Ordinances are not in the Ten Commandments, but are “concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.” (Heb. 9:10)  The “sabbaths” in Colossians 2:14 do not refer to the Seventh day Sabbath, but they belong to the ordinances that are connected with food, drink, festivals and new moons. (Lev. 23:23-32)  The Sabbath ordinances were abolished.          


The apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.” (Rom. 7:12)  The law is holy because it is an expression of God’s nature and will for mankind.  The Ten Commandments is holy in many ways.  The first four commandments that concern worship and man’s relationship with the One True God are enshrined in complete holiness.  The First Commandment gives mankind clear instructions on who to worship. They are only to worship the One True God.  The Second Commandment gives instruction on how to worship the One True God.  They are to worship Him in Spirit and truth.  There must be no images of any kind.  The Third Commandment instructs mankind the correct attitude of worshipping the One True God.  They must call upon His Name in reverence.  The Fourth Commandment point mankind to the correct time of worship.  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” (Ex. 20:8-11)  The next six commandments deal with man’s justice and goodness towards one another. A study of the New Testament shows evidence that the Apostles in the Early Church were teaching the Ten Commandments. 


 Ten Commandments  Teachings of the Apostles
1.  “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Ex. 20:3)“There is no other God but one. . yet  for us there is only one God.” (1 Cor. 8:4, 6)
2.  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image.” (Ex. 20:4)Have no agreement with idolatry (2 Cor. 6:16)  “. . keep yourselves from idols.” (1 Jn. 5:21)
3.  “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” (Ex. 20:7)Do not blaspheme the name of God. (1 Tim. 6:1; Jas 2:7)  “Do not swear.” (Jas. 5:12)
4.  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. . . The LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”  (Ex. 20:8-11)“There remains a rest for the people of God.  For he who has entered his rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” (Heb. 4:9-10)
5.  5.  “Honor your father and your mother.” (Ex. 20:12)“Honor your father and mother.”(Eph. 6:1-3; Col. 3:20)
6.  6.  “You shall not murder.”   (Ex. 20:13)“You shall not murder.”  (Rom. 13:9)
7.  7.  “You shall not commit adultery.”      (Ex. 20:14)“You shall not commit adultery.” (Rom. 13:9)
8.  8.  “You shall not steal.”  (Ex. 20:15)“You shall not steal.” (Rom.13:9)
9.  9.   “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Ex. 20:16)“You shall not bear false witness.” (Rom.13:9)
10.        10.        “You shall not covet.”  (Ex. 20:17)“You shall not covet.” (Rom. 13:9)


Paul continued: “. . . and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Loves does no harm to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Rom. 13:9-10)      Never at any time did the apostles in the early church make the slightest indication that the Ten Commandments would be abolished.  “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.” (1 Cor. 7:19)   On the fate of the false teachers the apostle Peter wrote:  “For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.” (2 Pet. 2:21) 


The apostle John had many things to write concerning the Ten Commandments.  Here are some of them: “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His Commandments.” (1 Jn. 2:3) “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His Commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 Jn. 3:22) “Now he who keeps His Commandments abides in Him, and He in him.  And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit who He has given us.” (1 Jn. 3:24) “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His Commandments.” (1 Jn. 5:2) “For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments.  And His Commandments are not burdensome.” (1 Jn. 5:3) “This is love, that we walk according to His Commandments.  This is the Commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”    (2 Jn. 6) “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14 – NKJV)

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