Are we Under the 10 Commandments Today? #2
By: Garland M. Robinson
The ten commandments were part and parcel of the Old Testament and have not been binding since Jesus died on the cross nearly 2,000 years ago. Christ gave a better covenant which was established upon better promises (Hebrews 8:6). Jeremiah 31:31-34 prophesied the Old Law would be replaced by a New Law. We can read of its fulfillment in Hebrews 8:6-13.
What happened to the Old Testament? The New Testament tells us! Notice these verses from Hebrews. "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first OLD. Now that which DECAYETH and waxeth old is ready to VANISH AWAY" (8:13). "For there is verily a DISANNULLING of the commandment going before for the WEAKNESS and UNPROFITABLENESS thereof" (7:12). "For the law having a SHADOW of good things to come, and not the very image of the things..." (10:1). "He TAKETH AWAY the first, that he may establish the second" (10:9). "There is made of necessity a CHANGE also of the law" (7:12). In Colossians 2:14 we read, "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." "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are NO LONGER UNDER a schoolmaster" (Galatians 3:24-25).
WHEN did all this take place? The Old was taken away and the New ushered in when Jesus sealed it with his shed blood on calvary. "And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament...For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth" (Hebrews 9:15-17).
What then was the purpose of the Old? "It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come..." (Galatians 3:19). The "seed" is Christ (Galatians 3:16). The Old was only given to keep the nation of Israel "in check" until Christ came. Having come and fulfilled it, he took it out of the way and gave a new law. All men today live under the new, not the old. Acts 2:38, Rom. 10:10, Mark 16:16