Its been years since a friend and a brother challenged me to find the commandments for Christians. Sure glad he did.
Let me explain.
I was heading down a path that de-emphasized the moral code of the 10 commandments in a believers life.
Just love everyone Carl. That’s your obligation!
So many passages seemed to release me of the obligation to keep the law. (Read these passages quickly to maintain this thought!)
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.
by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
…why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations
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,
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
I hope you barely read those verses so that you can understand the conviction I had regarding the decalogues authority over my life.
No bondage, guilt, condemnation … What bliss!
Don’t get me wrong, there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus. I suppose I was extrapolating that thinking into licence.
Anyone out there fall into that pit lately?
My brother wanted better for me and challenged me to study the New Testament, directing me to answer two questions.
- Is each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
- If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?
I learned a bunch and I’m thankful he challenged me. What follows are short blogs (unless I loose control!) of my findings.
Looking forward to discussing each of the commandments, starting in our next post. I feel I will gain understanding from others as we delve into the next post.
Hope to see you soon.
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