I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:2 (NKJV)
With those words above, God introduced to us the Ten Commandments, or moral laws, that everyone needed to follow. They were not difficult laws to follow, really just common sense, but God spelled them out onto stone tablets so that they were permanent reminders. When we use the term “Written in stone” to describe something that is permanent, it actually comes from God’s presentation of the Ten Commandments.
The commandments are all about love. The first four are about the love of God, and the final six are about the love of others, family, friends, and neighbours. These commandments set forth how we should deal with our relationship with God and those around us. But are they still valid in 2019 and beyond?
Many people, including many Christians, believe that the Ten Commandments are no longer valid as they were done away with when Jesus was crucified. Among His final words was the statement, “It is finished” (John 19:30 NKJV). Many people have taken these words to means that as Jesus died on the cross, His law was finished and all that was required now was to believe and follow Him (John 3:16). Many Christian denominations actually preach this message and tell followers that the Old Testament is no longer valid in a New Testament world.
But that is so wrong! Jesus, Himself, actually said the words, “Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” But what does that really mean? The definition of fulfill is certainly part of the problem: Fulfill: bring to completion or reality; achieve or realize (something desired, promised, or predicted). If we only consider the first part of the definition, then Christ’s death on the cross does away with the Ten Commandments, but we need to consider the full definition to get the true meaning.
Look at the latter part of the definition: something desired, promised or predicted. That last word, especially, has to be highlighted as everything that happened to Christ, including His death on the cross was predicted in the Old Testament! The Book of Isaiah, especially, is full of Messianic Prophesies that were fulfilled by Christ’s life and death. And the only way to know that the Bible is truth is when it proves itself by the completion of events predicted hundreds (or thousands) of years prior to the actual event happening.
If we just consider the Bible prophesies related to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there are over 300 prophesies that were fulfilled in that short 33 year period, many in just the final 3 years of Christ’s life! Christ fulfilled those prophesies! He did not destroy the prophesies as He completed them, He just put a check mark next to each one.
In the same manner, He fulfilled the Ten Commandments. He did not destroy the commandments, He placed a check mark next to them and actually made them stronger. IF Christ did away with the Ten Commandments on the cross, then the moral laws that we all live with today would no longer exist. Ignoring the first four commandments that relate to our relationship with God, and only focussing on the final six that related to our relationship with others, will surely show that the Ten Commandments are just as valid today as they were when they were given to Moses on Mount Sinai!
Looking at commandments five through ten:
- Honour thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shalt not kill
- Thou shalt not commit adultery
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not give false testimony (or lie)
- Thou shalt not covet (or yearn for)
I do not believe that any moral person would find issue with any of these commandments, but would find great issue with anyone breaking any one of these commandments. So if Christ’s death did away with them, then why do we still consider it to be abhorrent to break any of these laws? In fact for four of the laws you could face possible criminal charges and jail time!
So when Christ came to earth and lived amongst us, He came to show us a perfect life, He came to die for our sins, and offer us a way to salvation and everlasting life through Him. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”” (John 14:6 NKJV). But what He did not come to do was to erase the Ten Commandments or to tells us that the Old Testament scriptures were no longer valid. Jesus was our guide to lead us along a path that will end at the entrance to God’s house, and the way to that path is through the Ten Commandments.
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