The Commandments And The Law Play

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A significant portion of the New Testament, especially the letters to the churches, discusses the role the Commandments and the Law play in the life of a believer. Heresy and false teaching was active in the early Church through both misunderstandings and through more deliberate attacks to mislead professing believers. “The false teachers who were leading the Galatians astray were far from well intentioned” (MacArthur 139). The early Church was set free from being slaves to sin and under the burden of the Law. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus’ yolk is light because He does all the lifting. Whether Jews or Gentiles, we, as believers are free from the burden of trying to earn our salvation and live up to a Law that can never be perfected in the flesh without the work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in our lives. “This had been a difficult lesson for the early Christians to learn” (Wiersbe 691).
In order to give us further context for this discussion, it will be helpful to review the Ten Commandments as they were given in the Old Testament. In the 20th chapter of Exodus God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments. It has been said that as soon as God led the Israelites out of Egypt, He gave the Ten Commandments to remove the…
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