For centuries, the Ten Commandments have stood as a central pillar in Christianity. But the Law has fallen on hard times. Some have even attested that the Law was done away with at the cross or that keeping it has no bearing on our salvation. Christians today must “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3. Let us review what our forefathers taught regarding the unchanging, eternally binding nature of the moral Law of God.
Jesus Christ: “Whoseover therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.” Matt. 5:19.
James the Apostle: “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth
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Calvin, John, Institutes of the Christian Religion, bk. 2, ch. 7, sec. 15, trans. by John Allen.
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Hyatt, J. Philip, “God’s Decrees for Moral Living,” The Teacher, p. 57 (Oct., 1943), 5. Copyright, Sunday School Board of the So. Baptist Convention. Excerpted from the booklet Under the Law, These Last Days Lesson Series. Compiled by Ken Lebrun.