Q41 ” do the 10 commandments still apply to us ?”

The 10 commandments are a part of the old covenant law given to Moses. Jesus satisfied the requirements of the law on our behalf – so where does that leave us in regard to the commandments?

Even back as far as Isaiah 64:6 (“When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags”) – it was understood that our best attempts at righteousness were worthless. It would be like us collecting our dirty laundry and dropping it at the foot of the cross and asking Jesus to add it to His spectacular righteous work on the cross – it would be a joke, worse an insult.

Paul tells us in Corinthians that “all things are permissible to him” – surely that doesn’t include theft, murder, unfaithfulness. Of course Paul is not telling us to go out and sin, so what is he getting at.

In my view, I believe Paul is saying to us that we have entered a new phase of relating to God that is based on Christ’s good works, not our own – that’s not to say we shouldn’t live decent and good lives but that our perspective of these good works is now seen from a completely different vantage point.

In one respect my initial question is the wrong question; instead of ‘do the 10 commandments apply to me?’ maybe what we should ask is, ‘now that Christ has fulfilled all righteousness on my behalf, how should I live?’.

I like to think of it this way – my life is a song – let’s say “have I told you lately that I love you”. I can perform this song as a member of a brass band, playing the song strictly from the music sheet, playing my part at the allocated time so that I contribute to a pre-set composition. Alternatively, I can perform this song as a member of a jazz band, playing the song from the joy in my heart, improvising around the melody that is written in my spirit and not on a piece of paper, contributing to the song not because I have a pre-determined part to play, but because I have been set free, and energized by the beauty of the song to play spontaneously.

In some respects the outcome might sound quite similar, but the contribution of the musician is completely different.

The vantage point from which we relate to life is that the blood of Christ has set me completely free. Free to live out magnificently and joyfully our personal song for God.

We can live from the letter or the Spirit, but not both. Christ set me free that I might present to Him a beautiful melody – (in a sense a new commandment) – never before heard on earth, my own tune with Jesus.


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7 Responses to Q41 ” do the 10 commandments still apply to us ?”

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  3. mtsweat says:

    As our sister added, nobody can fulfill the Law which only Christ the perfect Lamb of God did. In Christ, we enjoy a restored relationship with God… only because of Jesus. This same Jesus declared that not a fragment of the Law would pass away until all were fulfilled. They were fulfilled… by Him! Still, the Law has great purpose. It is a school teacher that shows us our need. Once we’ve grown up (Galatians), we no longer need a teacher, but we still love what was taught. Why? Because now it is placed on our hearts. We don’t read it from stone, it comes gushing from within. As you stated, love is the fulfillment of the law. If we in fact love God with our all, and love our neighbor as our self… (hmmm). Good thoughts friend.

  4. The Law was a good foundation or as Paul called it a “schoolmaster” but it was POWERLESS. It stated the facts but gave no power to obey. For those who choose to live under the Law, it condemns them because it is impossible to keep the whole Law.

    Under grace, we are given Holy Spirit to empower us and to enable us to live a life of victory.

    What an amazing salvation!
    What an amazing God!

  5. rickroehm says:

    Obedience is greater under Grace than under the Law of Moses. Why? Christians are made the righteousness of God in Christ. Under Law Israel was holy according to human works. Under Grace members of Christ’s body are holy because they have the power of Christ in their hearts. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is what makes the believer under Grace subject to God’s Law. Minding the Holy Spirit allows the child of God to live according to God’s standard in the Church. A new creation in Christ doesn’t struggle to keep the 613 Laws written in the Torah. A new creation in Christ is not a “lawbreaker” or “violator” to the Laws of God. A new creation in Christ has power to do right, live right, and behave right which thus is a greater blessing than Israel had under the period of Law. A child of God under Grace obeys God’s Law because he is born of the Spirit and the Spirit gives what is needed to measure up and to live in harmony with God.

  6. ptl2010 says:

    Amen it is the melody of love for God and man. Perfect love casts out fears of not fulfilling the 10 commandments. Love empowers by the Holy Spirit to do all that is right before Almighty God and that was what the 10 commandments were supposed to do. Praise the Lord it is the age of grace and love if we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord but for those who reject there is condemnation of the Law . Nobody can fulfill the Law which only Christ the perfect Lamb of God did.

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