God's Ten Commandments
We found that the Seal of God is connected with His Law, the Ten Commandments, so it is important to find out the Bible truth about the Ten Commandments of God. Are they still binding? Many professing Christians will say that we are now under grace not law, so therefore we need not keep the Ten Commandments anymore. I believe this is a false teaching and a misunderstanding of the grace of God. Now we are not saved by keeping the law of God, because it is only by the works of Christ Jesus that we are saved. BUT, because of what He has done for us, because of His free gift of grace, then we should be keeping the Ten Commandments out of love for Christ, and as James said, if you have no good works in your life, then that shows your faith to be false and dead.
The majority of Christians believe that the Bible Ten Commandments were introduced at Sinai, and the people did not know of them before. But there are some Bible verses that show this not to be the case. In Ezekiel 28 God is describing Satan, and He is telling us what Satan was like and his position in Heaven before he fell. Now take a look at something God said about Satan ... Ezekiel 28:14,16 ...'Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth ... and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub.' ... Now what was Satan covering? We find the answer in Exodus:
Exodus 25:18-20 ...'And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings.' ... And what was under the mercy seat? ... Exodus 25:21 ...'And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.' ... The ark which contained the Ten Commandments. And we know from Hebrews 8:1-5 and Hebrews 9:24 that the sanctuary that Moses built for God was a COPY of the original one in Heaven.
So what was Satan (Lucifer) covering in Heaven? He was covering the mercy seat of God which has His law under it. So God's law was not only in existence before Sinai, it was in effect BEFORE THIS WORLD WAS MADE! It's what His Heavenly government is based upon and shows His character. Afterall, if God didn't have a law in Heaven, then Satan could not have fallen, because there would not be a law to go against. We can also see this truth from other Bible verses:
Genesis 39:7-9 ...'And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?' ... How did Joseph know that sleeping with Potipher's wife was sin? Because he knew God's Commandments, and that adultery is wrong.
Exodus 16:26-27 ...'Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?' ... Here we can clearly see that the 4th Commandment was in effect BEFORE Sinai. And God even asks Moses, "why do you refuse to keep My Commandments". It's clear that the Bible Ten Commandments were in effect before Sinai.
Were the Bible Ten Commandments for the Jews Only?
Many Christians believe that the Ten Commandments were only for the Jews. This is not true, and the following Bible verse clearly shows it to be untrue, because the Ten Commandments were for ANYONE who wanted to serve God:
Exodus 12:48-49 ...'And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. ONE LAW shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.' ... Do you see this Bible truth? ONE law for the Jews INCLUDING anyone who wanted to serve God. A "homeborn" is an Jew by birth, and a "stranger" is a non-Jew, (Gentile).
Isaiah 56:6-7 ...'Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer.' ... So we can see this truth also from Isaiah. The son of the stranger is a Gentile, a non-Jew, and yet if they wanted to serve God they had to keep His law, including the Sabbath day, and then they would be "joined" to His people.
Now what was the Covenant of the Old Testament? ... Deuteronomy 4:13 ...'And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.' ... So the Ten Commandments written on the stone tablets were His covenant with the people. And what is the new covenant? ... Hebrews 10:16 ...'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.' ... In the new covenant, God would write His law in our minds. That's it, through Christ Jesus, He would write them on our hearts and minds and help us keep them. The Ten Commandments didn't change, they just went from being written on Stone tablets to being written on our hearts.
The Old Testament speaks of TWO laws, the Ten Commandments and the Laws of Moses (or the book of the law). The Ten Commandments were placed INSIDE the ark and the book of the law was placed BESIDE the ark. And in the New Testament, we find that with careful study, there are TWO laws spoken of, not just one. Let's take a look at them:
Galatians 3:19 ...'Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.'
So what law is Paul talking about? He says that the law was ADDED until Christ would come. Now He cannot be talking about the Ten Commandments, because they were not added to anything. If he was including the Ten Commandments in this statement, then what were those Commandments added to? There is nothing to add them to. But if we think logically about this, we can see the truth. From the verses in Exodus 40:20 and Deuteronomy 31:24-26, we can see that there are two laws, the one (Ten Commandments) were placed inside the ark and the other (laws of Moses) were placed beside the ark. This now makes sense. If the Ten Commandments, as we have seen above, were already in effect before Sinai, then it was the laws of Moses that were added to the Ten Commandments. Why? Because the people were breaking God's Ten Commandments and needed ANOTHER law to "cover" their sins until the "seed" (Christ Jesus) would come. The sacrificial laws of Moses pointed to Christ as the REAL sacrifice that was needed to cover sins.
Galatians 3:13 ...'Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.' ... What is the curse of the law? ... Romans 6:23 ...'For the wages of sin is death.' ... This is what Christ Jesus freed us from, death, the curse of the law. He did not free us from keeping the Ten Commandments.
Did Jesus Abolish the Ten Commandments?
Did Jesus abolish the ten commandments law, like many professing christians believe? Is the handwriting of ordinances in Colossians talking about the ten commandments? ... Colossians 2:14 ...'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.' ... Now remember the laws of Moses that were placed beside the ark? Take a look at what God said about those laws ... Deuteronomy 31:26 ...'Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.' ... So it was the Book of the Law, the laws of Moses that were against us, NOT the Ten Commandments. This is the law, the handwriting of ordinances that Moses wrote in the book of the law that Christ nailed to the cross, NOT the Ten Commandments of God.
"This 'handwriting of ordinances' our Lord did blot out, take away, and nail to His cross (Colossians 2:14). But the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and enforced by the prophets, He did not take away... The moral law stands on an entirely different foundation from the ceremonial or ritual law… Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind and in all ages." (John Wesley, Sermons on Several Occasions, 2-Vol. Edition, Vol. I, pages 221-222).
We should not confuse the two laws. The one (Ten Commandments) were written with the finger of God on the tablets of stone and placed inside the ark, and was a copy of what was already in Heaven. The other law (laws of Moses) were written by Moses on paper and pointed to Christ Jesus. And in the following Bible verses we can see what law Paul was talking about:
Romans 3:31 ...'Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.'
Romans 7:12,14 ...'Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. For we know that the law is spiritual.'
This law is the Bible Ten Commandments of God. His eternal moral law of love.
What was the problem with the first covenant? ... Hebrews 8:7-10 ...'For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with THEM (the people), he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.'
The problem with the first covenant was the PEOPLE. The first covenant relied on the people agreeing and keeping the Commandments, of which they failed. But the new covenant did not rely on the people as God would write His Ten Commandments on our minds and help us keep them through Christ Jesus living a sinless life.
1 Corinthians 7:19 ...'Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.' ... I love this verse. God confirms that the ceremonial laws pointed to Christ and were nailed to the cross and keeping them now avails nothing. BUT what are we to still do? Keep His Commandments, ie. the Ten Commandments.
Revelation 14:12 ...'Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.'
Ecclesiastes 12:13 ...'Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.'
The Bible Ten Commandments of God are still binding as they are God's eternal law of love. And those who continue therein and also keep the faith of Jesus will receive the seal of God and avoid the mark of the beast. As Paul said in Romans 6:1, "how can we who are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
Let's keep God's Bible Ten Commandments and receive His seal. www.thebible-tencommandments.com