A commandment is a divine biblical law relating to ethics and worship, all which play a fundamental role in our daily walk with God. What are your guiding principles in life? God is no respecter of persons, therefore, these laws are guidelines all believers.
Here is a summary of the Ten Commandments –
- You shall have no other gods.
- You shall not make any graven images.
- You shall not use the Lord’s Name in vain.
- Remember to keep Sabbath day holy.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not commit murder.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
- You shall not covet.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matt 22:37–38). And the second [commandment] is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”(Matthew 22:39–40).
Both good times and bad times can test our commitment to put God first. The First Commandment is not just about worshiping pagan gods and following false religions. Anything that we put as higher priority than our Creator causes us to sin. How we respond in our trials shows Him whether we always put God first. As believers, we are to reverence God and represent him in everything we do.
The Ten Commandments are a summarized list of what to do and what not to do. As we read the book of Matthew, we gain insight into how to follow Christ, apply the word of God in our own personal lives and in order to have a faithful relationship with God through Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith.
After Jesus was baptized by John, a voice was heard from heaven saying, “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). He always did the things that were pleasing in the sight of God. He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matt 5:17). “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matt 12:50).
Jesus said: “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Jesus fulfilled the law by teaching his disciples the spiritual meaning and application of every one of God’s laws and commandments. However, Jesus brought the physical rituals and practices of the certain laws to completion through his superior sacrifice. Under the new covenant, true worship and love toward God is made possible through the Holy Spirit, which enables each believer to acknowledge God and obey Him from the heart. Through deep faith in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, believers learn to obey God in the full spirit and intent of the Law. This is done by faith and victory through Christ. This allows believers to keep the laws and commandments. As a result, believers grow to love God the Father and his son Jesus Christ with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.