|Three Angels Ministries|
Did Jesus Give Us Two New
Commandments When He Was On Earth?
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the Law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 21: 34-39. NIV.
It sounds like Jesus is giving two new commandments in this discourse. But, Scripture makes it clear that He is just summarising the Ten Commandments, in the manner that the first four commandments relate to our relationship with God, and the following six relate to our relationship with our neighbours.
Deuteronomy 6:5 The wording of Matthew 21:37 is found in this verse in the Old Testament. In Deuteronomy Chapter 5, Moses reads The Law (Ten Commandments) to the people of Israel. Then in Chapter six he summarises the first four Commandments.
Leviticus 19:18 Again Moses does in the Old Testament what Jesus does in the New Testament, He summarises the last six commandments.
Romans 13:8&9 The Apostle Paul uses the same principle used by Jesus and Moses when he summarises the last six commandments.
Jesus did not give any new commandments while He was on earth. He simply reinforced His Eternal Law.
Another statement that is popular today is that, “ Jesus has abolished the Ten Commandments.. Now they are written on our
hearts. Hebrews 10:16 is used to confirm their argument. Well, what does Scripture say about it?
Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” KJV.
Has God changed His order of doing things? Is this a new way of doing things in the New Testament?
Well, let’s have a look at the Old Testament to see if this is something new.
Deuteronomy 6:6 “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart.”
Jesus is not giving us a new instruction in the New Testament. His Ten Commandment Law was, and will always be written in our hearts.
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