The Ten Commandments are no longer relevant to the person who is in Christ Jesus. This is a very bold statement isn’t it? This statement almost seems like heresy.
To the person raised in a religious tradition that majored on performance and keeping the rules it is heresy.
To the person who has been liberated from “keeping” the Law and trying to earn God’s love and favor it is not heresy. The Law is God’s parenthesis in this time influenced world. Faith has always been and will continue to be the only marketable asset that pleases God.
Jesus changed the Ten Commandments
~ nine of which that were focused on what people could not do ~
to two commandments that everyone could do!
No one has ever been able to keep the Law. Even Adam and Eve failed in keeping the rules. Their failure blew up the entire planet. They were duped into thinking the had to perform for God’s pleasure. They bought the lie that the enemy sowed into their minds that they had to work for something they already possessed – being like God and being in a right relationship with God.
God wants people related to Him through a connection of the heart. God is not looking for robots that He can program to accept or reject Him.
God knew that no one could or would ever keep the Law. No one can be controlled through external mechanisms forever. It is in our human nature to cast off every restraint. I believe it is instinctive in the gift God gave us called the will to live.
The Bible tells us that we are slaves to whatever or whomever we serve. The Law was and is a terrible taskmaster. Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Here are just some of the Scripture references that let us know that we are free from a performance based religious requirement. The Law is bondage and Paul tells us in Galatians that Christ set us free from the bondage of keeping the Law.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 ~ “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Matthew 5:17 ~ “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”
Matthew 22:34-40 ~ “But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, `YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, `YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 26:29 ~ “”But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom” [See Acts 2].
Luke 22:20 ~ “And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”
John 13:34 ~ “”A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
Romans 8:2 ~ “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
1 Corinthians 11:25 ~ “In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 ~ “Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Galatians 3:22-26 ~ “But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 8:8, 13 ~ “For finding fault with them, He says, “BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH. When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.”
Hebrews 9:15 ~ “For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance”
Hebrews 12:22-24 ~ “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.”
The New Covenant [Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus] was initiated at the Last Supper, ratified on the Cross and instituted on Pentecost Sunday, 30 A.D. when the Church of the Lord Jesus was anointed to reign on earth with Him as the Bride. This was the beginning of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when the Bridegroom and Bride drank the new wine in His Kingdom!
If this is not true then every intimate act between Christ and one of His disciples is fornication. We ARE married to the Bridegroom! Therefore, intimacy is the norm and performance has been abolished! Free at last [See Galatians 5:1]!
Enter in and enjoy the Feast of the Lord!
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury