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Do Christians Need to Obey the 10 Commandments?

If you’ve ever read the book of Leviticus, then you know the Old Testament law is extensive and complicated. Many of the Old Testament laws have to do with sacrifice and the appropriate sacrifice to make for different situations. I can never remember which sacrifice is appropriate for what situation. If there were a test on it, I’d fail.

The core of the Old Testament law, however, is the Ten Commandments.

When Jesus died, it was as the final sacrifice for sin. Because of His death, we no longer need to follow all of those Old Testament laws about sacrifice. Hooray!

Jesus’s death and resurrection also changed our relationship to the Law. Before His death, following the Law perfectly was the only way to be righteous enough for a relationship with God. Jesus’s death changed that for us; now our relationship with God is by faith and based upon the righteousness of Jesus. That is the best news!

The question comes up occasionally, though: If Jesus changed our relationship to the Law, do we still need to obey the Ten Commandments?

The answer is found in Matthew 22:36-40:

“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.” (NASB)

Jesus never said that His death and resurrection would make the Law disappear. If you look closely at the Ten Commandments, you’ll see that the first four deal with our relationship to God:

  • You shall have no other gods before Me.
  • You shall not make for yourself an idol to worship.
  • You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

The last six deal with our relationships with other people.

  • Honor your father and mother.
  • You shall not murder.
  • You shall not commit adultery.
  • You shall not steal.
  • You shall not bear false witness (lie) against your neighbor.
  • You shall not covet.

What Jesus said about the greatest and second greatest commandments was a summary of the Ten Commandments. If we love God with all of our heart, soul and mind, then we’re going to want to obey the first part of the Ten Commandments. If we love others the way we love ourselves, then we’ll want to obey the second part of the Ten Commandments.

Many people think that Jesus was giving a new command when He answered this question, but the truth is Jesus only summarized the commandments we already had. He only gave one brand-new commandment while He was here, and that was for us to love other people the same way Jesus Himself loves us.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

Girls, do you think Christians need to obey the Ten Commandments?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by ThatsMyJesusJam on May 16, 2018 at 11:35

    I think Its Important to obey them. Not for salvation. But because we love God and jesus. And if we love him we will wanna obey them. An nd to set a good example. If you saw a Christian Lying all the time or stealing. You wouldn’t wanna be one would you? That’s My Opinion ❤

  2. princesshunter

    Posted by princesshunter on February 28, 2016 at 11:18

    “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
    Matthew 5:17

  3. LucyPevensie1

    Posted by LucyPevensie1 on March 9, 2015 at 15:11

    I think we do need to still follow the Ten Commandments. They still apply to us as Christians. God still wants us to have a relationship with him and to treat others with respect. I think everyone has broken at least one of these, like lying or stealing. We sometimes don’t respect our parents as well as we should but as Paul wrote in the book of Romans, “we are made right with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”:-)

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by sunshine954 on April 25, 2014 at 13:12

    I think we should try. It’s okay to mess up, swear, lie, just try not to do it often.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by lovejoypeacebell@hotmail.com on April 24, 2014 at 19:39

    Can you chat on Project Inspired?

    Thanks 🙂 <3

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by lovejoypeacebell@hotmail.com on April 24, 2014 at 19:39

    I want to obey the ten commandments but sometimes it slips and I break them (such as lying, or wanting things that I don’t have) please help!!

    Thanks 🙂

  7. genflores

    Posted by genflores on April 23, 2014 at 21:15

    I think this is totally right ♡ and it couldnt came on a better time. Girls remeber that you will face challenges even in the church. When you want to do something for the church that has touched you to do do it! He is by your side

  8. Jewelie2019

    Posted by Jewelie2019 on April 18, 2014 at 07:37

    I think we should obey as a witness to others. Show others what it is like to be a Christian. Be the kind of Christian people want to be like-kid, gentle, loving, honest-instead of someone who says they believe in God but whose actions show otherwise-lying, stealing, murdering. Actions speak louder than words.

  9. ShanellElise

    Posted by ShanellElise on April 17, 2014 at 09:32

    Of course we should obey. Regardless of how twisted many people make them. It’s always best to do what God wants because we know it’s right, rather than do whats wrong because it’s a Mainstream thing.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeMyLoveStory on April 16, 2014 at 00:35

    Yes I believe we must obey the ten commandments. I mean, I don’t think He would have made those ten if it weren’t especially important. Also, we can’t just go around sinning and murdering people thinking it’s justified because He sacrificed his life for our sins on the cross. He knows it’s inevitable that people sin but that doesn’t mean we can use that as an excuse to not be the best people that we can be.

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeMyLoveStory on April 16, 2014 at 00:22

    Before Jesus’ death, following the law perfectly was the only way to earn a relationship with God (aka go to heaven)… and since no human is perfect, since all of us sin… man, it would have really, really sucked to have died before His sacrifice, especially just a day before his sacrifice, or even a minute before!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by May Song on April 15, 2014 at 20:38

    Great article! Really helped me understand the Ten Commandments! Thanks for posting :).

  13. godsgal17

    Posted by godsgal17 on April 15, 2014 at 06:10

    Definitely! Seems like one of the most common and unfortunate presumptions among Christians is “Jesus saved us by dying on the cross. Sinning isn’t good, but it doesn’t really matter if we sin. He forgives” Yes, Jesus saved us and will always forgive. However, the Bible plainly says we still need to live a good life, as free of sin as we can for Christ! The Ten Commandments are guidelines which (in addition to Jesus’s new teachings) will help us know right from wrong.

  14. blindlessgirl

    Posted by blindlessgirl on April 13, 2014 at 23:03

    Yes. This is really true. I also believe that we need to follow the Ten Commandments. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder and God bless you! 😀

  15. Keerthi

    Posted by Keerthi on April 13, 2014 at 18:10

    Yes I think we must obey the Ten Commandments

  16. Celby

    Posted by Celby on April 13, 2014 at 15:37

    Yes! I do think we need to follow the Ten Commandments since there really isn’t anything tedious or complicated about doing so.