why do we have the 10 commandments
The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Are Christians under the 10 commandments? No. The Bible says we're not under the law. I love Romans 7:4-6. By way of analogy, it says that you are married to the law. And you better stay married because if you leave this husband and go marry another you are going to be called an adulterer. But if your husband dies, then you can go and remarry. And then Paul draws the analogy out a little complex the way he does it saying that you died to the law. You aren't married anymore, you can have another husband, namely Christ. He's raised from the dead. So, our approach towards ethics is different. We don't ask the question, "Am I under the law? " We are under grace. The law is already fulfilled perfectly by Jesus. We are in Jesus and as far justification goes, God sees it as completed for you, one-hundred percent.
He says, "You've trusted my Son. You've been grafted in him. You are in Christ Jesus and he fulfilled the law perfectly. He covered all your sins. " God sees you in and through Christ, therefore, as far as final judgment goes God is 100% for you. That is settled and nothing is going to change it. Now, shall we sin that grace may abound? Paul says, "Dead men don't sin. " If you've died to sin, how can you still live in it? The new birth is the writing of the law on our heart so that we are not under it, it is under us. It is just coming out. The way we strive towards being obedient, holy and loving people is not by getting up in the morning and pulling the list out of our pocket. No! We get on our knees and we open ourselves to the whole counsel of God in the Bible. We saturate and shape ourselves by everything he has done, he is doing and he will do.
We stake our lives in the gospel and then instead of serving the law, we serve one another in love. Love is the fruit of faith in Jesus faith working through love. And if you ask, "What does love look like? " First John says, "It keeps the commandments. " That brings us back to the question, which commandments? I would say, the ones that are loving. Love God and do as you please is not bad advice, if you're bent on holiness. If you're bent on love the ten commandments are really important. You should hang them on your wall and you should measure your life by them, but in a very different way than when you were under them, because they have been kept for you. You are now married to the risen Christ. You are not married to the law and the oldness of the letter, but to the newness of the Spirit.
Our whole approach towards transformation, love and life is different than list keeping.
When the Pharisees learned that the Sadducees could not argue with JesusБ answers to them, the Pharisees met together. One Pharisee, who was an expert on the law of Moses, asked Jesus this question to test him: БTeacher, which command in the law is the most important? Б Jesus answered, Б БLove the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. Б This is the first and most important command. And the second command is like the first: БLove your neighbor as you love yourself. Б All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands. Б (Matthew 22:34-40) NCV It is interesting and yet not surprising that Jesus did not answer this pharisee s question with one specific commandment.
Instead, Jesus went deeper in stating the heart commandments from which all the commandments originated. Loving God and our neighbor puts all the other commandments in context. The commandments are encased in RELATIONSHIP. A proper understanding of the law will not be achieved outside of this context. In the Old Testament the Ten Commandments were a covenant of love given by a personal God for the people of Israel. Now therefore, O our God, the great, mighty and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of loveБ (Neh. 9:32). In the New Testament the Ten Commandments serve as a guide to lead us to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the new covenant. The first thing we must understand is the ten commandments were never intended to be an end in themselves. The primary purpose of the law is to restore RELATIONSHIP between holy God and sinful man and establish the foundation for RELATIONSHIP with one another.
The commandments are like signposts guiding us on the road to this end. Without such understanding, the Ten Commandments are merely a set of rules that lead to death, discouragement, and pride. Love the Lord (RELATIONSHIP) and Love your neighbor (RELATIONSHIP). God loves people! He gave His law in order to show people their need for a Savior and ultimately to restore fellowship with His most precious of creation Б PEOPLE, through the work of Jesus Christ! God andб one another. б The Ten Commandments are divided accordingly. 1. No other gods 2. No idols 3. God s name 4. Keep Sabbath holy 5. Honor parents 6. Do not murder 7. Do not commit adultery 8. Do not steal 9. Do not give false testimony 10. Do not covet
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