What’s the Law all about? Are the Ten Commandments still valid for Christians today? Where do the commands of Scripture fit into the Bible’s big story?
I’m looking forward to the Gospel Project’s summer study – God’s Way: A Journey Through the Ten Commandments. With every study we run a corresponding blog series as an additional resource for churches and groups using The Gospel Project. Here are some contributions from friends and users of The Gospel Project:
- Matt Capps – Jesus and the Ten Commandments
- Daniel Davis – Do not have other gods besides me
- Aaron Armstrong – Do not make an idol for yourself
- Micah Fries – Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God
- Mark Rooker – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
- Jani Ortlund – Honor your father and your mother
- Mary Jo Sharp – Do not murder
- Jeremy Pierre – Do not commit adultery
- David Jones – Do not steal
- Jason Duesing – Do not give false testimony against your neighbor
- Tim Brister – Do not covet
- Dave Jenkins – Living in light of the Ten Commandments
The giving of the Law is central to the storyline of the Bible and for understanding God’s intended order for our lives. In fact, the Ten Commandments provide a framework for understanding the law of God in general. In the Scriptures, we see that the law of God is an expression of the love of God. In loving and rescuing His people, He gave them guidelines to maximize their freedom and joy. The law also revealed the people’s sin and need for a Savior – the One who would fulfill the law and empower His people to trust and obey Him. The Ten Commandments outline what a God-centered life looks like.
Sometimes Christians disregard the Old Testament as irrelevant to our faith today. But Jesus declared God’s law to be authoritative and necessary for us. Jesus demanded obedience from His followers, but His idea of obedience went beyond mere morals – it was about the heart. Obedience from a heart transformed by His grace. So, the law is like a teacher who shows us God’s holiness, our sinfulness, and our need for salvation. And that salvation is offered freely in Jesus Christ.
In fulfilling the law through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus deals with our sin and enables us to attain righteousness before God. In response to Christ’s work we are made a holy people sent out in His name into the world to express God’s love toward others. We pray that this blog series will help you think through the implications of the Ten Commandments for your life, and compel a gospel-centered obedience as we engage in God’s mission.