“I don’t believe we’ll be judged by the Ten Commandments.”

The Bible makes it clear that there will be a Day of Judgment. The Scriptures warn, “Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished” (Prov. 11:21). However, will the standard of judgment be the Ten Commandments, or something else? Some believe it be the words of Jesus that will judge mankind, based on John 12:48: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

What words of Jesus will humanity be judged by? The Scriptures say the Lord would “magnify the law and make it honorable” (Isa. 42:21). This was the essence of the Messiah’s teaching ministry. The religious leaders had twisted and demeaned the Law so that its original intent was lost. But Jesus magnified it, showing that lust was adultery, that anger without cause violated its holy precepts, etc. He reminded them that not one jot or tittle of the Law would fail.

When Paul preached on Mars Hill, he warned the idolatrous Athenians, who had violated the First and Second Commandments, that God would judge the world “in righteousness.” The “righteousness” of which he spoke is the “righteousness of the law” (Rom. 8:4). Scripture tells us that the moral Law is the standard by which God will judge mankind: “For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law” (Rom. 2:12, emphasis added). James 2:12 also warns that the moral Law will be the standard of judgment: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.”

Those who may be tempted to say that the “law of liberty” isn’t the moral Law but “the law of Christ” should consider the context. The preceding verse tells us what James had in mind: “For He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery’ [7th Commandment], also said, ‘Do not murder’ [8th Commandment]. Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law” (James 2:11).

Ezekiel 44:24 In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings, and they shall hallow My Sabbaths.

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3 Responses to “I don’t believe we’ll be judged by the Ten Commandments.”

  1. Michela (Mikayla) says:

    so then we should be obeying the Sabbath, correct? And does this also mean men cannot cut their beards, and they must wear fringes and blue boarders ect? Does this mean we should be celebrating Passover ect? I’m not trying to be difficult. I’m trying to understand. Jesus said he did not come to change the law. Perhaps He meant Gods intent for the law all along?
    Malachi 3:6–Mal 3:6 “I the LORD do not change…

    Hebrews 13:8–Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

    So if this is true, why is the Mosaic Law (Law of Moses) not required?

    Using Leviticus 19:17 as an example (that says not to shave or cut your hair) is it a command that means not to do the same practices that the pagans do? But what about the Sabbath and Jewish holidays?

  2. Beth Morris says:

    In the third paragraph, where it is speaking of the Commandments, there is a typo. The ‘Do not murder’ is said to be the 8th Commandment. Do not murder is the 6th.

  3. Beth Morris says:

    4th paragraph on this page.

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