Unwarranted Distinctions

It is a struggle for some to believe that the Ten Commandments are no longer binding, even though the Hebrew writer says so (Hebrews 8:7, 13). He says of the Old Testament Covenant, “He takes away the first, that he may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9). Paul claimed that, in the cross, Jesus was “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” (Colossians 2:14). Some, however, make an unwarranted distinction between the Ten Commandments and the “Ordinances,” arguing that Jesus blotted out the ordinances (e.g., offering blood sacrifices, burning of incense, et al.) but did not take away the Ten Commandments; God makes no such division.

Jesus was once asked what to do to inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:16ff). Jesus told the man to keep the Law, giving a sampling of that Law, saying: “‘if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus said, ‘“You shall not murder,” “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “Honor your father and your mother,” and, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”’” (vs. 18-19). He expected this man to obey the Old Covenant Law, under which he lived and was amenable, since Jesus had not yet died (Hebrews 9:16-17). How did Jesus define the Law? Note that last phrase, found nowhere in the Ten Commandments.

All the Old Law was fulfilled in the crucifixion of the Christ and all the Old Law includes the Ten Commandments; and He nailed all the Old Law to His cross. The Christian obeys Christ Jesus, not Moses (Hebrews 1:1-4).