Are Christians under the 10 Commandments? (1 of 2)

10 commandments 1

Q. I read a book by a famous author who claimed that Christians are under grace and not law. We are not under the 10 commandments. What’s your opinion on this?

A. Christians are under grace and not law:
Rom 6:14-15 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!
but that does not mean we flaunt our freedom in Christ and ignore the 10 Commandments. This is because the 10 Commandments were repeated as necessary in the New Testament:

1. Ex 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.
• Mt 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” (Lk 4:8)

• The words were spoken to Satan, but not for him alone.

2. Ex 20:4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, …
• 1 Co 10:7 Do not be idolaters, …
• 1 Co 10:14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
• 1 Jn 5:21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

3. Ex 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, …
• Jas 2:7 Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?

4. Ex 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
• Mt 12:5 Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent?
• Mt 12:12 How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
• Mk 3:4 And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. (Lk 6:9)

• The Lord interpreted that doing good on the Sabbath is lawful and keeps it holy. We do not keep the letter of the law like the Pharisees do, but we abide by the spirit of the law by worshiping God on the Lord’s Day.

5. Ex 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, …
• Mt 15:4, 6 For God said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,’ and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TOBE PUT TO DEATH.’ … he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. (Mk 7:10)
• Mt 19:19 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
• Mk 10:19 You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” (Lk 18:20)
• Eph 6:2 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER

(To be continued)

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