Are We under the Ten Commandments?

Have you ever been mad at the computer? The computer works fine for its purpose, to use the internet, games, etc. But when a computer is used for something outside of its purpose, the computer is frustrating. Ever tried to store pennies in a computer? Is there anything wrong with a computer if it can’t store pennies? No, that is not its purpose. The purpose of God’s law is to point out your faults and sins. The bible says in Romans 3:20, “Through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” Paul once said, “For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” When people try to keep the law they become frustrated because the purpose it not to keep but to point out our faults. In Galatians 3:24 is says, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ.” Later in the next verse it says, “But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

The Ministry of Death

7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. – 2 Corinthians 3:5-9

We are ministers of the new covenant! Not of the old covenant but of the Spirit. Wow what a revelation! Anytime you try to earn, deserve, or merit something. You’re putting yourself back under that old system. That is what the system of the Law is; it is all about you earning it, you deserving it. You Meriting it. The old system pointed to you… You shall not, you shall not, and you shall not. The Old covenant is also known as in verse 9 as “the ministry of condemnation.” It condemns you because that is the purpose of the law. The purpose of God’s law was to point out your faults and sins. Let me ask you a question, what else in the law was written and engraved on stones? Only, the Ten Commandments was written with God’s fingertip and engraved on stones.

“Blasphemy! I would have you know that The Ten Commandments are God’s holy laws. How dare you call them the ministry of death?”

I understand your anger. It is hard to comprehend, but let me explain. Some argue and say the Law refers exclusively to the “ceremonial laws” of Moses, such as the animal sacrifices. Therefore, they say while we may no longer be bound to the ceremonial laws, we are still under the “moral laws” or the Ten Commandments. However, nothing could be further from the truth because the ceremonial laws were never “written and engraved on stones.” They were written on parchment. Only the Ten Commandments were “written and engraved on stones.”

The Commandments Are Holy, Just, and Good

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While the Commandments are holy, just, and good, it has NO power to make you holy, just, and good. Those who fight for the Ten Commandments cannot even remember them. You ask them, what is the 8th? What is the 4th? What is the 9th? The Holy Spirit does not help on that you ask them. They have no clue. But even the Holy Spirit will help a little child remember “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!” My friend when you try to keep the Ten Commandments. You are Condemned! You feel guilty. Does this mean we should go out and commit adultery or murder? No, may it never be! Sin is still sin, it always has been the same. Even four hundred plus years before the command to not commit adultery David told Potiphar’s wife, “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9). So for those who say we must keep the law to keep people from sin, we need to remember Joseph. He recognized that God was with him, and because he knew this, he was able to deny sin. The law is about changing from the outside in, but real change comes from the inside out.

The commandments served its purpose to bring us to Christ. People leave church, not because they are rebellious but because they give up; they say, “This stuff is too hard”. The have been hoodwinked into believing it’s all about them! When it’s all about Jesus! Give up on trying to earn God’s love, and begin to put your trust in JESUS! Take your eyes off of yourself and look to Jesus. I promise you will walk on water!


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12 thoughts on “Are We under the Ten Commandments?

  1. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and
    I am waiting for your next post thank you once again.

  2. I think the Ten Commandments are very important. They can be looked at as either a way to condemn us, or a blueprint of how we are supposed to live. I think in an age when the Ten Commandments has become more of a political point than a spiritual one, they lose their meaning. It’s important we keep them in perspective. 🙂

  3. Good information thank you closely monitor your success.

  4. Reblogged this on Joe: The User's Manual and commented:
    This is something worth thinking on!

  5. 2trakmind

    Very nicely put, Caleb! This truth is so desperately needed in the church today. I, like you, was raised “in the church,” learning my Ten Commandments and had them impressed on me by the well-meaning “faithful.” After over 40 years of chasing, chasing, chasing righteousness through my own attempts at conforming to the former law and whatever other requirements were put on me, I learned about grace, and suddenly, God opened my eyes to the true freedom we have in Christ that I’ve always been told about, but never experienced! The Ten Commandments weren’t put in place for the purpose of conforming people to some standard, but for the purpose of showing people that it is humanly impossible to live up to God’s perfect standard, so that we would depend on HIM for everything. Ahhhh, freedom!

    • Wow thanks for the comment! After chasing righteousness for so long you realized that it was all about Jesus! Wow. Praise God! I feel the same way.

  6. Lisa

    Amen Caleb

  7. Thank you for sharing the truth of God’s Word – you are definitely walking in courage with Grace. Blessings to you, Caleb.

  8. A simple poem to learn them.

    John Calvin: . “Some unskilful persons, from not attending to this, boldly discard the whole law of Moses, and do away with both its Tables, imagining it unchristian to adhere to a doctrine which contains the ministration of death. Far from our thoughts be this profane notion.”

    John Wesley: “In the highest rank of the enemies of the gospel of Christ, are they who openly and explicitly ‘judge the law’ itself, and ‘speak evil of the law;’ who teach men to break (to dissolve, to loose, to untie the obligation of) not one only, whether of the least or of the greatest, but all the commandments at a stroke. . . . The most surprising of all the circumstances that attend this strong delusion, is that they who are given up to it, really believe that they honor Christ by overthrowing His law, and that they are magnifying His office while they are destroying His doctrine! Yea, they honor Him just as Judas did when he said, ‘Hail, Master, and kissed Him.’ And He may as justly say to every one of them, ‘Betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? It is no other than betraying Him with a kiss, to talk of His blood, and take away His crown; to set light by any part of His law, under pretense of advancing His gospel. Nor indeed can anyone escape this charge, who preaches faith in any such a manner as either directly or indirectly tends to set aside any branch of obedience: who preaches Christ so as to disannul, or weaken in any wise, the least of the commandments of God.”

    Martin Luther: “Nowadays there is a novel idea afoot! According to the promoters of this idea, the Law (that is, the 10 Commandments) should be completely removed from the Church. This is nothing else but deplorable and irreverent.
    The entire Bible teaches that it is the Law which must initiate repentance…..Sin and death are not exposed by a Word of grace and comfort, but only by the Law.”
    “I have carefully admonished you to exhort your household to learn them word for word, that they should obey God…For if you teach and urge your families, things will go forward.”

    • Hello Michael,
      Thanks for commenting. I don’t believe we should just throw out the commandments or do away with the entire half of the Bible. The point I’m making is this, the purpose of the commandments are meant to condemn and make us feel guilty (ministry of condemnation). Once someone is saved they no longer need to go back to the law. The law comes first, then grace, and we stay with grace. It is Grace to grace, not law to grace to law…
      Look forward to hearing your reply

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