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Series: The Ten Commandments from a New Testament Perspective
Most of us have heard the Ten Commandments:
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make for thyself an idol.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
5. Honor thy Father and Mother.
6. Thou shalt not murder.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
In our modern world, these ten short phrases have created much controversy as the culture has distanced itself from God and any association with Him. Of course there are more than Ten Commandments God has given us through His word, but these ten laws are given to the culture. God promised Israel that if the nation kept these simple instructions, He would bless their nation. God took all the laws that were given and would be given and condensed them into easy to understand phrases that each person could comprehend and therefore evaluate their actions within these laws. God has also blessed every nation that has made these laws the foundation of their government and I believe will continue to do so. Unfortunately our nation has broken ranks with these governing laws and now seeks to bar their view from any public display within their control.
In our New Testament age, the real application of these commands belongs to the church. Sometimes Christians get confused when they remove the New Testament foundation from their understanding of these commandments and try to put themselves under the Old Testament law. The cross of Jesus Christ is the lens by which everything in the scripture must be viewed. We cannot go back and try to put our lives under the Old Testament law, but we must submit ourselves to the New Testament commandments that are applied through the law of faith. Jesus said that He did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill ...
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