The Ten Commandments were much like a strait jacket on a severly ill mental patient. It restrains the patient from harming themselves and others but can provide no remedy to the patient’s state of mind.
The Ten Commandments could restrain the acts of sin but could not lift the heavy weight of guilt and shame that comes with walking after the flesh.
The moral- code (The Ten commandments) works with false knowledge and is is much like a suppressant drug; it can provide you with a sense of peace (peace of the world) but also makes you oblivious to the fact that the window to your soul is wide open and the robbers have just left with the precious pearl of your faith.
The Peace of the World Paralyses Faith
The Grace of God grants us peace through faith and singleness and soberness of mind, thus enabling us to be vigilant defenders of our souls.
Iniquity is a virus and the sins of the flesh are the symptoms that give evidence to its infection within the soul. The virus is spread through the exchange of false knowledge that enters in through the window of the imagination.
The Ten commandments brought out the condemnation that was upon the flesh, but was not empowered by the spirit to overcome it.
(2Corinthians: 10:5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Many believers read the Sermon on the Mount and liken that to The ten commandments of Moses and belive that Jesus was just giving more insight into The Ten commandments, this association, however is in error.
The Ten Commandments are Fullfilled in the Law of Grace and Truth
(John 4:23) But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
(John 4:24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
When Jesus gave the new commandments of the second covenant He was saying, “In the spirit of your mind according to the knowledge of truth.”
(Mathew 5:27) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
(Mathew 5:28) But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
What Jesus was bringing to the attention of the people was that although the law of Moses condemned certain acts in the flesh, it still did not have the power to purge the conscience from the power of sin (fruits of iniquity).
In other words that which is nurtured within our thoughts takes root within our soul, and that power becomes an influence over our judgment.
A nice example of this transition from The ten commandments is seen in the following scriptures...
(John 8:3) And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
(John 8:4) They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
(John 8:5) Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
(John 8:6) This they said, tempting him that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
(John 8:7) So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
(John 8:8) And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
(John 8:9) And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
(John 8:10) When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where is thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?
(John 8:11) She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
What the Spirit brings to our attention in this scripture is the principle of the moral-code and how it seeks to excuse oneself by accusing another.
False Justificatin is Self Righteousness
This form of false justification is called self-righteousness and is evidently not the righteousness of Christ.
You see, what happens when man lives by the law of his own principle (moral-code), instead of building up believers in the faith through Charity (the love of God), he seeks to control, dominate and destroy others by passing judgment upon them, just like the scribes and the Pharisees.
This however does not mean that Jesus condoned such behavior, He was bringing to our attention the weakness of the moral-code against the power of sin, and how in the presence of Grace and truth (Jesus Christ) the moral-code (Pharisees) cannot stand for your justification.
(Hebrews 8:6) But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
(Hebrews 8:7) For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Bronwyn Botha is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. She is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle Bronwyn is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.