The Ten Commandments are a primary part of our spiritual foundation. Bible believers often display them in their churches, businesses, and homes in an effort to influence others toward righteousness. God Himself introduced them in a spectacular display, proclaiming them from Mount Sinai with His thunderous voice and engraving them on tablets of stone with His fiery finger. They should be deeply respected. However, they are part of “the Law,” a system of religious, moral and lifestyle demands from the Old Will that Paul later called “the ministry of condemnation” and “the ministry of death” (2 Cor. 3:7-9).

Have you ever noticed that eight of those ten commands (80%) are negative—telling us what not to do? But the Messiah introduced a new approach that is 100% positive—promoting, not a sin-conscious mindset, but a God-conscious celebration of life. The New Covenant involves a transition from religion to relationship, from rules to rebirth—that spiritual awakening that takes place when we invite Jesus into our hearts (see Jn. 3:1-7, Eph. 3:17). From that point forward, the “Two Commandments of the New Covenant” should light up our lives, like the glorious dawning of a new day.

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