God created Adam and Eve as good but in the fall they, along with all mankind, began the downward spiral of corruption. It came to the point that God was sorry that He made man because their thoughts were now evil continually. God wants us to hear and obey Him as His children. What parent wouldn't want that?
Under the old covenant the Ten Commandments were given to control the actions of man.
The Ten Commandments carried a harsh consequence for breaking them. This brought fear upon the people to be obedient to them, at least outwardly.
Outward obedience is good but God is concerned with the heart. God is looking for a people to obey Him from the heart, not for fear of death or punishment.
The ministry of stone, regarding the Ten Commandments, was meant to bring life but instead they brought death. Why is this? Because the curse of the law, which followed the law on stone because of sin.
Sin brings about the curse of death from the law. It's not the law that brings the death, but rather, the sin.
Under the New Covenant Jesus took the curse away when He became sin and died on the cross. He did not take the law away for the law is holy and good, He took away the sin.
The law brings liberty to mankind. Without the law this world would be in total chaos. Life without law brings destruction and bondage of all kinds of
Once Jesus did away with the curse He freed us from the grip of the law, in other words, the law is no longer a threat to us who are in Christ. This frees
us up to obey the law from our own free will because we love and appreciate what God has done for us through His Son. In this, God is writing the law on our hearts, in other words, we are not obeying the law out of fear of death or punishment, but rather, we are obeying from the heart because of love and graditude, this is the New Covenant. God frees us from the grip of the law because of sin to allow us to freely obey the law because of love. In this, the law goes from stone to the heart.
Hebrews 8:10-13 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,'' says the Lord, "I will put My laws in their mind and
write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying,
`Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and
their lawless deeds I will remember no more.'' In that He says, "A new covenant,'' He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and
growing old is ready to vanish away.
The Ten Commandments are the foundation of love for God and love for neighbor. The first four teaches us how to love God and the last six teaches us how to love others.
Religious man has no problem keeping the last six because in doing so he can receive glory but when we keep the first four, God and God alone receives the glory and Satan knows this. This is why you find all the confusion in the religious world when it comes to the first four.
The Ten Commandments are not to be a rigid law of bondage, but rather, the Spirit of God impresses us to live by them through love. Jesus brought this understanding to us in His life and in His teachings. He showed us that keeping the law for the sake of keeping the law was not what God was looking for. God is looking for a people to love Him and to love each other in which this love is manifested through keeping the law. In this, Jesus was magnifying the law and bringing honor to it.
Isaiah 42:1 "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the
Isaiah 42:21 The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will
magnify the law and make it honorable.
The Ten Commandments are never done away with or changed under the New Covenant. What does happen under the New Covenant is that our relationship to the Ten Commandments changes. They go from a ministry of death and condemnation because of sin to a ministry joy and blessedness because of Christ's righteousness in us.
All of the Ten Commandments are a blessing to the man born of God. It's the carnal man that has the problem with God's law. All of God's Ten Commandments become a joy to the man of God because they please God and bring liberty to all.
Some will say that the fourth commandment no longer needs to be remembered but I say that is false. The fourth commandment is part of the ten on stone and is holy and good, which are the same that we obey from the heart.
God has sanctified and blessed the seventh day even before sin was in the world. Remembering to keep this day holy is a witness to the entire lost world as to which God you serve. God has protected the seventh day from all the false religions of the world. These religions keep Friday or Sunday because God has set apart the seventh day for His people.
Remembering to keep the seventh holy is showing loyalty to your God. Remembering to keep the seventh day holy is obedience to God. Keeping the seventh day holy opens the door for God to bless us.
Isaiah 58:13-4 "If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure, and speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
If, because of the Sabbath, you do these things God is open to freely bless, but to do away with it is to bring loss to God's people.
So if we look, under the New Covenant God forgives us of our sin through Christ, which does away with the guilt and condemnation brought upon us by the law because of sin. Then He writes that same law on our heart, in other words, the appreciation and love of God dwelling in us will cause us to obey out of our own free will, in this, the law becomes written on our heart.