It is very clear in the scriptures that we are not under the Law.  Romans 6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, but under grace.”  Romans 6:15, “What then? shall we sin, because WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, but under grace? God forbid.”  Galatians 5:18, “But if ye be led of the Spirit, YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.” 

In reality, trying to live under the law is the opposite of living by faith. Living under the Law is self-empowered living, that is, living by your own strength and motivation. Living by faith is God-empowered living; it is Christ living out His life in you and through you as you follow Him in faith. 

But what about those Ten Commandments?  Are there any of them that we should not obey?  Are any of them outdated and no longer needed?  The Ten Commandments are God’s ‘moral law’, showing how the Lord expected His people to live.  However, we are not under the law!

For the believer today, it is interesting that although we are not under the Law, nine of the ten commandments are given to us in the New Testament, apart from the Law.  Before we find each of these commandments in the New Testament, do you know which one of the commandments is not mentioned for us to keep?  Let’s see what we can find.

OT – Exodus 20:3, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

NT – 1 Corinthians 8:6, “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

OT – Exodus 20:4, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

NT – 1 John 5:21, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

OT – Exodus 20:8, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

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OT – Exodus 20:12, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

NT – Ephesians 6:2, “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;).”

OT – Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.”

NT – Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

OT – Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

NT – Romans 13:9, “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

OT – Exodus 20:15, “Thou shalt not steal.”

NT – Ephesians 4:28, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

OT – Exodus 20:16, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

NT – Romans 12:17, “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”

OT – Exodus 20:17, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”

NT – 1 Timothy 6:8, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

So, we see that nine of the ten commandments of God’s moral law are repeated in the epistles and Revelation. We should do these things, not because of the Law, but because our loving savior has told us to do these things so that we might evidence His presence in our lives and to bring glory to His name.

We are not told in the epistles or Revelation that we should observe the Sabbath day, which is the last day of the week.  As believers in the church, we have the example to observe the first day of the week (the Lord’s Day) as a day of gathering together with other believers for worship, fellowship together in the truth, and the proclamation of the Gospel.  (437.6)