The Ten Commandments: Are they still relevant? – Part 3
As we concluded in Part 2, we left off with the verse in the Gospel of:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Since we have Scriptural attestation from the Lord Christ himself, in that He told those present at His now famous Sermon on the Mount that they were not to worry that He was coming to give them a ‘new’ doctrine that would replace or destroy the Laws of God, but rather that He had come to completely fulfill the Law of God.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Now, O Christian, who art thou really? What esteem do you give to yourself when you declare that the Law of God has ended? Especially, when the Messiah Himself at the beginning of His ministry on this earth did declare before His audience that He did not come to “destroy the law” but He had come to “fulfill it.” Fulfillment does not necessarily mean that it has ended. Here is what dictionary.com has to say about the word ‘fulfill.’
verb (used with object)
1. to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
2. to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
3. to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.): a book that fulfills a long-felt need.
4. to bring to an end; finish or complete, as a period of time: He felt that life was over when one had fulfilled his threescore years and ten.
5. to develop the full potential of (usually used reflexively): She realized that she could never fulfill herself in such work.
Notice that ‘to end’ does not occupy the first definition but the fourth one?
Furthermore, doesn’t this question just beg to be asked and subsequently answered? It does indeed. What question is begging to be asked, you might inquire? OK, “Has heaven and earth passed away yet?” Here is another that just froths at the mouth, “has any jot or tittle passed from the law of God yet?” The simple (not simplistic) answer is a resounding and thunderous NO! The answer is so simple that even the youngest babe in Christ is capable of understanding this premise.
So if you are thinking right about now that you just got hit by the discharge of both barrels. Wait until I reload! I got a whole lotta more (writer smiling right now). Does this offend you? GOOD! It was supposed to do just that.
There is this one capstone verse that sums it up, especially since it was a prophecy given to Jeremiah and which was fulfilled at Pentecost.
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
This writer finds it rather hard to believe that any Christian quoting this verse from Jeremiah could so deceive themselves when the Scripture itself is so startling clear, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts…” So if God thought it necessary to take HIS LAW from the tablets of stone and write them on the hearts of those particular people who would confess His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, then how can those same people declare that they are not under the Law of God? It doesn’t make much sense does it?
We will close for now with this thought, if indeed God’s Law has ended, then why would that same God choose an apostle such as Paul to seemingly proclaim that notion as has been taught in Romans 10:4, then in the very same epistle, to give forth to those people the Laws of God? Food for thought isn’t it?
What other place in this same epistle you are probably asking? Okay, let’s close with the following:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
In this chapter, Paul is quoting from Deuteronomy 5:17-21, starting in v.9 he lays out the last five of the Ten Commandments in this order: #7,6,8,9,10. Of course, the argument is presented that ‘the law has ended and this is only a summation of those dead commandments,’ then exactly why does Paul even mention them? If indeed they are dead, why even bother? For old time’s sake? I think not! Remember the dictionary entry about ‘fulfill’ up above? The first two entries fit nicely right here. For did not the Lord Christ Himself say that we would be required to forgive our brothers and sisters each time that they sinned against us? Therefore, each time that we forgive we are keeping commandment #6 and not murdering them, despite how our flesh might wish to yield. So when we keep the Ten Commandments we are then summing it up with “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
We will continue with Part 4. God Bless.