The Ten Commandments or the Law of God Series
It is not often I sit and ponder the Ten Commandments, in fact, it has been quite some time since our last post specifically on them. As I came across the quote from C.H. Spurgeon below this morning I realized maybe this is a shortcoming in my life. Using the Baptist Catechism as a primary resource I hope to explore the Ten Commandments in the coming days.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 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 them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.– The Lord Jesus Christ, Matt. 5:17-19, KJV
The ten commands being the substance of the law of nature, a representation of God’s image, and a beam of his holiness, behoved for ever unalterably to be a rule of life to mankind, in all possible states, conditions, and circumstances; nothing but the utter destruction of human nature, and its ceasing to be, could divest them of that office, since God is unchanging in his image and holiness. Hence, their being a rule of life to Adam and his posterity, had no dependence on their becoming the covenant of works; but they would have been that rule, though there never had been any such covenant: yea, whatever covenant was introduced, whether of works or of grace, whatever form might be put upon them, they behoved still to remain the rule of life; no covenant, no form whatsoever, could ever prejudice this their royal dignity. Now, whether this state of the matter, or their being the covenant of works, which was merely accessory to them, and might never have been at all, is the firmer foundation, to build their being a rule of life upon, is no hard question to determine.– Edward Fisher, The Marrow of Modern Divinity, 217 of 450, emphases added, available on the Puritan Hard Drive and free online.
In this updated version of Keach’s Baptist Catechism of 1677 (it includes scripture references from the ESV) from https://reformedwiki.com/baptist-catechism we find the following about the Law of God:
46. Where is the moral law summarily comprehended?
47. What is the sum of the ten commandments?
The sum of the ten commandments is, to love the Lord our God, with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbour as ourselves. Mt. 22:37-40
48. What is the preface to the ten commandments?
The preface to the ten commandments is in these words; I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Ex. 20:2
49. What doth the preface to the ten commandments teach us?