I had been in church for 35 years of my life but this is the first time I had ever heard anyone say that the Ten Commandments were not part of Christianity. I was a doubter but this person used scripture to back himself.
After hearing him speak for 45 minutes I was amazed. How could I have missed this. I had done bible school, I had read the bible from cover to cover 5 times. But I had never picked up that Jesus had fulfilled the law, including the Ten Commandments and that they were not part of the Christian walk.
I would need convincing. Apparently the Ten Commandments were part of the Old Covenant and Jesus brought in the New Covenant. I had to admit I had not even heard of the New Covenant. It was the start of my research into the bible. It consumed me for hours every day. I bought bible software and studied the original Greek and Hebrew meanings.
I had an open mind and was willing to be taught. Not by men, but by the bible. There seemed to be something behind it but I was not about to just throw out years of bible study, fasting, prayer, confession and church tradition just because it was different to what the bible actually said. After all, many good people had taught me my beliefs.
The only way to learn the truth was to unlearn the errors and start again. But how do I know which ones were errors? After all they were all in the bible. Let me explain. I am not saying their are errors in the bible, I am saying that parts of it do not apply to Christians and parts do.
This is referred to as the old covenant and the new covenant. Whilst it sounds simple the application is much harder.
But as this is the first post, let me present you with scripture that got me thinking that there is a divide, that something happened as a result of Jesus.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.” (Mat 5:17)
“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all if fulfilled.” (Mat 5:18)
“The law and the prophets were until John” (Luk 16:16a)
“What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made;” (Gal 3:19a)
It seems that Jesus is saying something will happen to the law. That it is only until John the Baptist. That he will fulfil it. That it served a purpose until Jesus came.
Please don’t hear me as saying to go and break the law. I am not. I am just planting the seed that the law is not part of Christianity. I want you to allow the scriptures to speak to your spirit and open the possibility of being led by the Holy Spirit which means not being led by the law.
I will build on this in the next post.