Many times, here lately, I’ve heard tell that we are no longer under the law, and some even include the Ten Commandments. Alright, I agree wholeheartedly that we are not under the ceremonial and sacrificial laws, for when our Savior came, He said Himself that “all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses (this referring to the Torah/Pentateuch) and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me” (Luke 24:44-45). We can say then, that the Savior Himself accomplished that. He became that sacrificial Lamb, He was the blood sacrifice that ended the whole old order where the sacrifices of animals were practiced daily.
Christ fulfilled the moral or ethical laws that are necessary for human beings to live together in harmony. When our Savior said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love” (John 15:10), what commandments was He referring to? Are these commandments referring to the Ten Commandments? In Matthew 5:19, our Savior says, “Whosoever 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 the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Again, I ask, what commandments is He referring to? James, in his epistle, says, “… to him who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him, it is a sin.” Okay, what is sin? Strong’s Dictionary defines sin as “missing the mark.” Then what is meant by “missing the mark?” The Hebrew word Torah is our equivalent of our word law. Torah is the feminine noun from the root word yarah. The root word yarah means “to throw,” or “to shoot,” or “to cast,” or “the shooting of arrows.” Yarah also means “to point out,” or “to show,” as well as “to direct,” to teach,” or “to instruct.” That being said, Hebrews 11:39 states that “none received the promise,” speaking of those under the Old Covenant. The reason being, they were introduced to the Ten Commandments but they were never able to join to the Spirit of these commands; therefore, sacrificial and ceremonial laws were put into place.
Paul says in Gal. 3:24-25, “Wherefore the law [the Torah] was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”
All those born under the old covenant were instructed and strengthened through the first five books of our Bible. With their principles and orders, sacrifices and rituals, that became allegories of a true reality.
The Savior, the Anointing, came and brought in a new order, under a new covenant. Therefore, by belief in the manifested Living Word, by seeing and being in agreement with the Word of Truth and Life, one has no need for the officer of the rituals and sacrifices that kept those of old. Under the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit quickens the Word in the mind of mankind.
There are many, many people who need the written Ten Commandments as a reminder of right and wrong, while others have them written in their hearts. We all need a schoolmaster to lead us into all righteousness. Christ, the Anointed Word, our Guide, Comforter and Teacher, within our being is our Schoolmaster. He reveals the Spirit of the Word whereby we will fulfill the Ten Commandments. The divine law of reaping what we sow as we put on the mind of Christ reveals truth.