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Are the Ten Commandments still relevant today?


As described in Exodus 20, The Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai.  These laws are the foundational laws for Godly living.  They are the groundwork on which many modern laws have been constructed.

The Ten Commandments were given to identify sin and establish proper relationships between God and man, and man with one another.

Before this time man had not yet been given such a direct moral and ethical decree by God.  Each person is born with an inbuilt sense of right and wrong, but never before had God declared with such great clarity and authority what He expected from His people.  In fact, if you continue to read on from Exodus 20 you will find that God had many more laws for the Israelites at that time than just ten.  The ten however were the base upon which all other laws would sit.

Today the phrase “we are no longer under the law” is a popular one among Christians.  It’s many times used as an excuse for sin.  We must recognize that to say that we are no longer under the “law” does not mean that God no longer has any laws or regulations for His people.

Indeed, Christ Jesus is now our high priest, and we live according to the new covenant He established by His death and resurrection. This does not mean that all laws are new however

Our new covenant comprises of relevant Old Testament laws combined with new, New Testament laws. Many of our old covenant laws overlie our new ones. To say we are no longer “under the law” does not mean that there are no longer moral and ethical guidelines by which we should live.

Christ has ushered in the law of the Spirit (See Romans 8:2). We now live by the law of Christ, (See Galatians 6:2) our High Priest (See Hebrews 4:15). We now walk to fulfill the royal law (See James 2:8) and the law of liberty (See James 2:12), not the law of transgressors.

The ten commandment therefore remain as important and vital today as they did the day God gave them to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

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