The Ten Commandments
The ten commandments form a basis for worship of God,
and as a code of conduct for a holy nation called out by Him to be His
special people. They are found in Exodus chapter 20.
Although the Law of Moses was fulfilled in Jesus, the ten commandments are endorsed by Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament, except the one about the Sabbath:
- Matthew 4.10 "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
- Romans 1.23 and 1 Corinthians 10. 7,14 refer to the prohibition to make graven images and worship them..
- Matthew 5.33/34 and Colossians 2.16 refer to not taking the name of God in vain, or using his name to swear oaths.
- The fourth commandment is about the Sabbath Day, which was confirmed neither by Jesus or the Apostles. (see Colossians 2.16 and Romans 14.6)
- Matthew 15.4 and Ephesians 6. 1-2 confirm the duty to honour father and mother.
- Matthew 5. 21 and James 4. 1/3 endorse the prohibition against murder
- Matthew 5. 27/28 and James 4.4 refer to the law against adultery (see the separate article on this)
- Ephesians 4.28 - Paul speaks against stealing
- Ephesians 4.25 and James 2.9 deal with lying or giving false witness
- Luke 12.15 and Colossians 3.5 speak against being
covetous, i.e. wanting more of anything, because it implies that we are
discontent with what God has provided us with.
The principles of the ten commandments are still a good
foundation for individual and national conduct today, and indeed are
enshrined in the legal code of many nations today.