Did Christ ask us to obey the 10 commandments? Q and A

So is the author saying that what James taught the Christians in Chapter 2 is simply a misinformed teaching? That it is a false teaching?

I’m also not convinced with the explanation regarding the abolishment of the Mosaic law involved the abolishment of the moral law (the 10 commandments). Remember when the Rich Young Man went to Jesus and asked how he can gain eternal life? It is then that Christ recounted the 10 commandments. Christ is asking us Christians that we should obey the 10 commandments. Christ did not abolish the 10 commandments, but he gave us the grace to help us observe them.


Submitted on 2012/04/17 at 22:59 

Dear Vincent,

The issue is not that James is false teaching. All the apostles were not aware that the dispensation of the law was over when Jesus died. By the way he died to fulfilled the law. You would note that James was written sometime in AD 40 and the council of Jerusalem around AD 50. You would only until Acts 8 did Peter decide (after the rebuke and vision from the Lord) to enter a Gentile’s house. Why? Because the Law of Moses had forbidden him. Just like many of Jesus teaching before he died were spoken to make it impossible for the Jews to enter into the kingdom. That does not mean it is false. Let me give you an example. Jesus says “forgive in order to be forgiven”. Paul says “forgive because you HAVE been forgiven”. One is conditional, one is not. Is Paul right or Jesus right? The answer is both. Before Jesus died to forgive us unconditionally, forgiveness under Moses is conditional.

With regards the rich man, read the story again, now this time under Jewish setting:


You will find Jesus is not speaking about the law but himself….

Christ is not asking you to obey the 10 commandments. Read Romans 3, what Jesus wants is to receive a gift of righteousness which is APART from the Law (See Romans 3:20) It has nothing to do with the Law.

Did Jesus abolish the Law? Yes See Ephesians 2:15. See also: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/do-not-think-i-have-come-to-abolish-the-law-explained-2/

Jesus doesn’t give you the grace to obey laws. What he does is to change your nature by writing the Law of the Spirit in your hearts. Understand that under the New Covenant there is a different obedience. It is not an obedience of works or laws but an obedience of faith. The new commandment is no longer the 10 commandments but 1 John 3:23. Believe! I hope that helps. If not read this: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/if-love-me-obey-my-commandments-does-jesus-ask-us-to-obey-the10-commandments/ and https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/obedience-after-the-cross/. I sincerely hope this helps.


  1. The Young Ruler Was Boasting On His Law Keeping before the Lord Himself. And JESUS knows no one can keep the law . The young ruler broken the first commandment of God, He loved money more than GOD.
    So,whenever you boast in law keeping JESUS will always say to you ” ONE THING YOU LACK”
    Paul contrasts the mind transformed by Christ with the mind still in darkness. He says, “the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” (Rom 8:6). Then he says, “For the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God, for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so” (Rom 8:7)

  2. I hope I’m not late here

    1. Imitation of Christ does not Justify
    2. Following Christ does not justify

    3. Carrying your own cross does not justify
    4. The holy Spirit does not come to those under the law

    5. For God to remember your failures or sin, is for God to forget what Jesus has done at the cross for you

    6. Christianity is build on Substitution, not morals

    7. The one who’s ready to die is the one who believes that Christ is the righteousness He needs and that Jesus have done it

    8. Christ is not the Law. He is not a work of the Law. Nor does He a new Law giver Christ is the divine redeemer for those who failed the Law

    I ran out of 2 more things to say to make it 10. but its alight, less people will say its the new 10 commandments.. lol

    – grace and peace

  3. @Savedbygrace

    If you are saved, the Holy Spirit is in you, but He cannot work in you because you are under law.

    I’m not ready to die. 😀 God said with long life He will satisfy us.
    Get ready for God’s blessings not death…

  4. @”If you are saved, the Holy Spirit is in you, but He cannot work in you because you are under law”
    I know what you mean brother 🙂

    @”I’m not ready to die. God said with long life He will satisfy us.
    Get ready for God’s blessings not death…”

    7. The one who’s ready to die is the one who believes that Christ is the righteousness He needs and that Jesus have done it

    is sort of like, gauging someone whether He believes He is justified by faith really. because if by works, then He is never ready to die 🙂

    I want to see Jesus, but I dont want to die yet. just like you 🙂

  5. So true brother – there is such a temptation for “NC believers”  to try to apply “principles” to grace to help try to establish it, activate it or produce a result.  This actually flows backwards trying to make grace subservient to the knowledge we have ascertained by the law.  Instead of living from the one and only life within.  As you laid out so well faith finds its existence in the soil of love. OT obedience was all about doing while NT is all about believing what he has done and now by his spirit continues to do.  It is unequivocally clear in 2 Cor & rom 7 what our status and relationship to the law is.  Jesus told us who ever looks at the opposite sex with desire commits adultery.  We became dead to the law so we could be married to him. If we look to the law with desire to make one wise or to become like Him we are back in Eden repeating the 1st adam’s legacy.

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