The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20. They were given to Moses by God and written on tablets of stone. According to IMDb, the classic 1956 movie “The Ten Commandments” (staring Charlton Heston) is the seventh highest grossing film of all time!
The Ten Commandments were central to the Mosaic Law but were only a part of the Old Covenant. That “old” covenant is fully recorded in Exodus and Leviticus as it was given to God’s chosen people – Israel. It is subsequently repeated and summarized by Moses in Deuteronomy, due to the fact a whole new generation had arisen after the forty years of wandering in the wilderness…they had not been present for the original giving of the law. So do the Ten Commandments hold sway with the Christian today?
HowScriptureanswers "Are Christians under the Ten Commandments today?"
Christians are no longer under the Ten Commandments1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. During his ministry, Jesus made it clear that the gospel and the kingdom of God was replacing the Old Covenant1. The Ten Commandments, as part of the Mosaic Law or ‘Old Covenant’, were abolished4,8 and replaced in the person and sacrifice of Jesus Christ3,6 and the “better”5 things (e.g. greater glory2, justification by faith3, peace4, hope5, forgiveness8, access by all7, etc.) that He represents. Importantly, this happened at the cross4,8, meaning that the One that ushered in the New Covenant actually lived under the Old Covenant (along with the “thief on the cross”).
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