What are the Ten Commandments of God?
The Ten Commandments of God are:
1. Thou shalt have no other God before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not committ adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
The listing above of the Ten Commandments is in abbreviated form. It is the version most commonly found displayed in public places. The Ten Commandments could more appropriately be called the ten "words" or items because each of them are in essence one of the clauses of the covenant that God made with Israel.
The Ten Commandments are a Summary of the Law or Covenant
Many Christians today agree that we should obey the Ten Commandments but are under no obligation to obey the rest of the statutes and judgments that God also gave Israel as part of the covenant. Christians often claim that we should obey the "moral law." By "moral law" they mean whatever law they themselves wish to obey. In this way, man becomes the law-giver instead of God. Man has become the judge as to whether God's laws are good and moral.
The argument is often made that many of the Old Covenant laws are arcane, impractical, unjust, and even immorral. If so, by what standard can they be judged so? They can only be judged by either God's standards or man's standards. When man's standards are the means by which it is determined which laws we are to obey, he has again fulfilled Judges 21:25, "each doth that which is right in his own eyes." When man judges the law, he has become a law and a god unto himself. The autonomous man has placed himself at enmity against God.
The solution to the dilemma of which laws the Christian should obey is that Man should obey the covenant that God has made with him called the New Covenant. The terms of the New Covenant state in Hebrews 8:10 that "I will put my laws into their mind, And on their heart also will I write them." Thus the Christian should ask himself which law has been written in his heart. Christ summarized the law by stating that "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God out of all thy heart, and out of all thy soul, and out of all thy strength, and out of all thy understanding, and thy neighbour as thyself." Many Christians think that that summary of the law along with the 10 commandments, except for the sabbath commandment, are the law that was written in our hearts, not the rest of the law which God gave. The antinomian Christian reasons that the only laws binding for the Christian are those which were expressly repeated in the New Covenant scriptures. However, just because Jesus summarized the law did not mean he nullified the law. Jesus himself said in Matthew 5:17: "Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil."
Jesus' fulfillment of the Ten Commandments is not an excuse to break them.
The antinomian Christian reasons that because Jesus fulfilled the law, the Christian is no longer obliged to obey the law. The antinomian Christian goes so far as to rejoice in his transgression of the law by eating unclean meat. However, such a view is contrary to the scripture. Jesus never at any time advocated transgressing the law and neither did any of the apostles or New Testament writers. Paul under the inspiration of the holy spirit wrote plainly in Romans 3:31, "Then do we make void the law through faith? It could not be so: but we establish the law."
The Ten Commandments are the law written in our hearts.
Thus the scripture is clear that the Christian must obey God's law if he claims to love God. John wrote under the inspiration of the holy spirit in 1 John 2:3-4: "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." Thus the Christian should examine himself according to the scripture whether or not he truly loves God. God promises in 1 John 2:4-5: "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."
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Job Chapter 1
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?