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Did Christ Abolish the Ten Commandments?
There is a popular notion within the church system where the people will say that Christ abolished the Ten Commandments by nailing them to the the cross. The question must be explored, did he abolish them, or fulfill them?
Perusing the Popular Notion
Many assume that God’s people came to know of God’s moral laws when they were written by Him on the tablets of stone upon Mount Sinai, but if we take step back further in time, we may discover something to the contrary.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? THE VOICE OF YOUR BROTHER’S BLOOD IS CRYING TO ME FROM THE GROUND. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. – Genesis 4:9-11
If we think about this verse for a second, how could God judge Cain for killing his brother if he did not know that he was disobeying one of His laws?
Also, further in Genesis we read,
And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “LIE WITH ME.” – Genesis 9:7
How then can I do this great wickedness and SIN AGAINST GOD?” – Genesis 9:9
A simple reading of Genesis 9:9 Joseph obviously knew that committing adultery was a sin against Yahweh by disobeying one of His moral laws. From this evidence, we would have to assume that these men as attested in Scripture were aware of certain moral laws already in place by God.
There is compelling evidence that God’s moral laws are eternal in nature from the testament of Yahweh telling Moses to make a sanctuary among his people where His presence would dwell.
And let them MAKE ME A SANCTUARY, that I may dwell in their midst. – Exodus 25:8
The sanctuary that they built was a shadow, or a copy of the one in heaven.
They serve a COPY AND SHADOW OF THE HEAVENLY THINGS. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” – Hebrews 8:5
The earthly sanctuary was a copy of the one in heaven where Yahweh dwells. The interesting thing is that within earthly sanctuary, under the mercy seat, within the ark was the Ten Commandments. These commandments were in the most holy place. These things were a 'copy and shadow of the heavenly things' that were already in heaven. This would mean that God’s moral laws that are part of the Ten Commandments were already in place long before the events of Sinai.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his PRECEPTS are trustworthy; they are ESTABLISHED FOREVER AND EVER, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. – Psalm 11:7-8
FOREVER, O Lord, YOUR WORD is firmly FIXED in the heavens – Psalm 119:89
God's Moral Laws vs. the Ceremonial Laws of Moses
It is quite clear that what is taught in the church system completely disregards God’s moral laws as they have abandoned the truth that is set forth in them. The confusion of their doctrine comes from their teaching that the Ten Commandments and the Law of Moses have all been all nailed to the cross. After that, they they just pick and choose what they decide from either as a mandate for the masses as a means of controlling them.
By digging a little deeper in Scripture, we may find the eternal moral principles of the Ten Commandments are still applicable today as back then.
Blotting out the HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES that was AGAINST US, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross – Colossians 2:14
In the above verse, Paul was not talking about the Ten Commandments that were written by the hand of God, but the handwriting of the ceremonial ordinances that Moses wrote being against them.
When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book to the very end, Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, “Take this Book of the Law and put it BY THE SIDE OF THE ARK of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for A WITNESS AGAINST YOU. – Deuteronomy 31:24-25
Notice that these ceremonial laws as a witness against them are 'by the side of the ark,' not under the mercy seat within the ark. The ceremonial laws were separated apart from Yahweh's eternal laws. Making the distinction between the two is important.
Why then the law? It was ADDED because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made – Galatians 3:19
If this preceding verse pertains to the Ten Commandments, then what were they added to? Obviously, when a distinction is made between the ceremonial laws and God's moral laws this verse makes more sense. Paul was talking about the Book of the Law that was added to the Ten Commandments until Christ fulfilled his purpose.
Without knowing God’s moral laws, we would not know what sin is. God’s divine eternal laws point to our iniquity. The old ceremonial laws in the Old testament were a temporary remedy for God’s people until Christ came as the ultimate sacrifice by offering himself for all mankind.
The moral principles of the Ten Commandments were not abolished by Christ, but fulfilled by him. They are eternally part of who God is. Yahweh judged Cain because he already knew His moral laws. Joseph also knew that adultery was wrong knowing that it was a sin.
Think about it, how could God judge anyone without there being some moral law, or standards in the place first?
For the law brings wrath, but WHERE THERE IS NO LAW THERE IS NO TRANSGRESSION. – Romans 4:15
The moral principles of the Ten Commandment have always been in effect from the beginning of the heavens and the earth. The ceremonial laws were added as an addition because of sin against God’s moral laws. The ceremonial laws pointed to a Saviour who would one day come to be the ultimate atoning sacrifice.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to FULFILL them. – Matthew 5:17
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we UPHOLD THE LAW. – Romans 3:31
Christ's purpose on the earth was to show the true meaning, or principles of the Ten Commandments revealing the character of His Father.
By abolishing the law of commandments EXPRESSED IN ORDINANCES, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace – Ephesians 2:15
The context of this verse in the the second chapter of Ephesians pertains to one of the ceremonial laws of circumcision contained in the ordinances. Christ came to be the last sacrifice doing away the requirements of these types of ceremonies contained in the Book of the Law.
Today, we do not have to keep the ceremonial laws to be in right standing with God. It is now done through Christ. If we love the Father and His Son, the result will be a lifestyle of keeping and honouring his divine eternal moral principles.
Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on THOSE WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND HOLD TO THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS. – Revelation 12:17
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, THOSE WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND THEIR FAITH IN JESUS. – Revelation 14:12
The lifestyle of the followers of Christ will abide in the eternal commandments of Yahweh by having faith in our Messiah. This means that will following his example by exalting his Father's timeless moral laws in our lives.
Those within the church system will say, 'I am under grace now, not under the Law. I don’t need to keep God’s Laws,' then they will the quote the following verse,
For sin will have no dominion over you, since YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE. – Romans 6:14
It's easy to isolate a verse on its own, but the very next verse states,
What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? BY NO MEANS! – Romans 6:15
It should be common sense that being under grace should not be a licence to sin, which means that the eternal moral principles that are inherent in Ten Commandments are our guideline; otherwise, we would not know what sin is. An indoctrinated 'Christian' will take God’s grace to mean that although they continue in their lifestyle of sin, Christ’s blood blinds the Father from seeing their sins and there is no need to repent because their future sins are forgiven. This is a false definition of grace.
A disciple of Christ knows holiness is important. Following the divine moral commandments of God is the moral standard that He has given to all of humanity from the beginning of time.
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN THEM THAT ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. – 2 Peter 3:15-16
How is that people who believe that they are free in Christ equate it to being pardoned from no longer adhering to the moral precepts found within the Ten Commandments?
What shall we say then? ARE WE TO CONTINUE IN SIN that grace may abound? – Romans 6:1
For I DELIGHT IN THE LAW OF GOD, in my inner being – Romans 7:23
Paul states that he delights in the moral laws of God. Those who believe that Yahweh abolished His own eternal moral laws through Christ are mistaken. Those in the church system that promotes this doctrine leaves people in bondage as they believe that they can continue to live in a lifestyle of sin void of having any victory through Christ.
True believers are instruments of righteousness yielding themselves to God each day by walking as Christ did by being obedient to his Father's moral commandments.
SO THE LAW IS HOLY, and THE COMMANDMENT IS HOLY and righteous and good. – Romans 7:12
It is true that we are under grace, but that does not give us licence to stop giving credence to the moral laws of God. The abominable sinful condition of the world is the result of those who do not keeping His commands. Our sinful state should show our dire need for salvation and point to Christ. The reason we should want to keep God’s moral commandments is because of the love that we have for Him.
Christ nailed to the carnal commandments contained within the ordinances (Ephesians 2:15, Colossians 2:14, Hebrews 7:16, Hebrews 9:10). The carnality of man's ways have led to abandoning God’s moral laws. It is no different in the corrupt religious church system today where the traditions of man supersede the laws of God.
Christ is our example of keeping the laws of his Father because they were written on his heart. He walked in the spirit of his Father by doing His will. Those of the body of Christ (ekklesia) today have a spiritual covenant too where God's moral laws (principles) are written on their hearts being a testimony of the same spirit Christ has with his Father.
The fact is, the modern cookie-cutter Christians are bound to their man-made traditions. They create for themselves many other doctrines that always try to skirt around following God’s moral commandments.
Why do they find it so difficult to follow them?
It is because they find them grievous in their carnally minded state being lovers of themselves more than God. They fail to realize in their delusion that they are pouring out contempt on His moral laws believing that they are exalting Christ by doing so.
The eternal moral laws are the characteristics of the Father pointing to His Son who is the narrow gate that points to having victory and walking in His eternal moral laws.
“IF YOU LOVE ME, you will KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. – John 14:15
But the one who looks into THE PERFECT LAW, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but A DOER WHO ACTS, he will be blessed in his doing. – James 1:25
For this is the LOVE OF GOD, that we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. – 1 John 5:3
Do you believe that God's moral laws in the Ten Commandments have been abolished?
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