The ten commanments today

The ten commandments are hated by secular society. More even sometimes the contemporary church hate it. They claim we do not live under the law any more. Is that true? Does the law still apply to us? What is the Biblical perspective on the law and what role does it play in the Church after Christ came?

Certainly not for righteousness and justification. We are justified by God’s grace apart from the law by faith in Christ as a gift of God (Rom 3:21-25). But the 10 commandments is still God’s requirement for His people. When the new birth was predicted by Jeremiah, he said God would write His laws on people’s hearts and engrave it on their minds. The law will no longer be outside them but it would be part of them, it would be in them. Jeremiah said the Lord will put the law within them. It will come from the heart. They will love the Lord their God from the heart and they will love their neighbor from their heart. No longer will their heart be dead, but with Godly affections they will obey their God with a passion from the heart. He will be their God and they will be His people. A very close relationship between them. He will make it possible for them to follow His commandments.

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people (Jer. 31:33).

Before Christ came, it was impossible to follow the ten commandments. The sinful nature that is in each person ruled us. We could not overcome its desires. We were enslaved to our sinful desires and thoughts (Eph. 2:1-3).

Christ broke the power of the sinful nature on the cross. Our old sinful self which want to sin and cannot say no, was destroyed and it died with Christ on the cross (Rom. 6:1-6).

Now we are able by the power of the Spirit to follow and obey God’s law. Not for justification and righteousness, but for good works (Gal. 5:16-25). So that we can live and obey God’s requirements for His people. The law is house rules for God’s people. God want the world to see Him through His people.

Is the law therefore done away with? YES, for justification, but NO as requirements how God want’s His people to live. By the law we as Christians are reminded of God’s holiness and we see our sinfulness and we discover our inability to love God as we should. By the law we see the need for Christ. By the law we discover gratitude what Christ has done for us, because we are unable to do any good or fulfill God’s requirements. We see God’s holiness (Rom. 7:7-12). The world are convicted of sin by the ten commandments (Rom. 7:7-8). They are measured against God and it is here where they discover that they fall short and are under judgement.