By Pastor Jim Fryer, Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS
While the Ten Commandments are first given to the Jewish law, in which they are to be obeyed specifically, they are also part of God’s law for mankind. They are not part of “earning” a person’s salvation, but they are to be observed by God’s people (Christians) in accordance with Ephesians 4:17-22.
They are especially to be cross-referenced in their dealing with other Christians in attitudes and actions (meekness and temperance).
In the first eleven verses, we see man’s relationship with God (Exodus 20:1-11), which can be cross referenced to Ephesians 4:17-24, folling Christ in true holiness and righteousness. The second part of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationship to others and can be cross-referenced to Ephesians 4:25-32 and how we are to be to other brothers and sisters in Christ.
The reference of verses in Ephesians 4:32 leaves us with the soul-stirring thought, “and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
So the question remains in our relationship with God, are we “putting off the old man” and “putting on the new”? In our relationship with others, are we forgiving one another as God for Jesus’ sake forgave us??