The Ten Commandments
Paul shows the purpose and duration of the law in Gal. 3.19, It was
added... till the seed should come. He has already explained, The
seed is Christ (v. 16). The law, then, was designated to last only till
Christ came. Paul goes on to state that the law was our schoolmaster to
bring us to Christ. (v.24) And then adds, We are no longer under a
schoolmaster (v. 25). The law was a schoolmaster and we are no longer
under that law.
There are many passages that show that the law was taken away at
the cross of Christ. 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. (Col. 2.14.) There is made of necessity a change also of
the law...there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before the
weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect...I will
make a new covenant...He is a mediator of the New Testament. (Heb. 7.12;
7.18-19; 8.8; 9.15.) When Christ died on the cross, the Old Testament law was
taken away so the New Testament could be established. (Heb.
The Ten Commandments were included in the law that was taken
away. These Ten Commandments which were written and engraven in
stones (Deut. 4.12-13), the ministration of death and
condemnation were "done away." The "ministration of
righteousness," the law of Christ, which exceeds the Ten Commandments in
glory remains for us to obey today. (2 Cor. 3.6-11.)
All the Ten
Commandments but one are repeated in principle after the death of Christ.
Do not be alarmed because the Ten Commandments have been taken away. Remember a
new covenant has been made.
You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me. Acts 17.23-31; Rom. 1.23-25,1 Cor.
You Shall Not Make For Yourself Any Carved Image. Acts 14.11-17; 1 Cor.
6.9-10; 10.7,14,19,20; 2 Cor. 6.16,17; Gal. 5.19-21; Eph. 5.3-6; Col. 3.5; 1 John 5.21; Rev. 21.8;
You Shall Not Take The Name Of The Lord Your God In Vain. James 5.12.
Remember The Sabbath, To Keep It Holy. This is the only commandment not
repeated after Christ's death. The Sabbath was not a day of worship in the New
Testament church. The church met on the first day of the week to eat the Lord's
Supper and lay by in store. (Acts 20.7; 1 Cor. 16.1-2.) Observance of the
Sabbath was condemned. (Gal.4 .10-11; Col. 2.16-17.)
Honor Your Father And Your Mother. Eph. 6.13; Col. 3.20.
You Shall Not Kill. Rom. 13.9; 1 John 3.15; Rev. 21.8; 22.15.
You Shall Not Commit Adultery. Rom. 13.9; 1 Cor. 6.13-18; Gal.5.19-21;
Eph.5.3-6; Col. 3.5; 1 Thess. 4.4-7; Heb. 13.4; Rev. 21.8; 22.15.
You Shall Not Steal. Rom. 13.9; 1 Cor. 6.10-1l; Eph. 4.28.
You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor. Rom. 13.9.
You Shall Not Covet. Rom. 7.7; 13.9; 1 Cor. 6.10; Eph. 5.5; Col. 3.5; 1 Tim.
6.9-11,17; Heb. 13.5.
As we have noted, in this new covenant nine of the ten points covered by
the Ten Commandments are included and enlarged upon; and
they are binding, not because they were in the old covenant, but because they
are in the new.
The fourth commandment is never repeated because Christians were
never commanded to keep the Sabbath. The sin of breaking the Sabbath was never
charged against anyone in New Testament times. Christians celebrated Christ's
resurrection on the first day of the week not the coming out from Egypt on the