This post is not going to be about the 10 commandments verses the commandments of Christ. But consider this. Men have laws that have been passed by their governments in various forms. For the most part men have no problems following those laws of their respective lands. When one of those laws are broken by a person, they are subjected to the punishment prescribed by the law in question. So then O Christian, why is it so difficult to understand that Christ’s Commandments are the law of His land? Why do are we cognizant and accepting of the laws of our earthly governments, but ignore what Christ has decreed? In what things has He made decrees you ask? Have you not read Scripture? Isn’t Scripture the Lord’s where He has given men what He has said, done and decreed for His church (ekklesia or called out ones)? If it’s so easy to follow the laws of man, why isn’t it much easier to follow the Commandments of Christ?
It is written in John 14:15 that Jesus said “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” and again in verses 23 & 24, 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
What’s so hard to understand about that? Nothing on the face of it. But what are some of the things He told us to do? In John Chapter 15 we begin to see a little more.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
Why then are you wasting your time by not reading Scripture? Do not consult men as to its understanding, but consult the Lord Himself through prayer. I often ask the Lord to open my eyes to the Truth of the words I am reading. Dividing the words in context to get the full true meaning of what is reflected there. Become doers of the Word and not hearers only. Apply what you read to the way you live your very life. In prayer, in thought, in practice. This becomes life of a Christian. Living for Christ and not for ourselves.