The Ten Minus One Plus Two
Equals Eleven Commandments
Find out which of the Ten Commandments is no longer in effect for now.
What Commandments did Jesus add?
commandments are found in Exodus chapter 20. They were spoken by God
directly to the people of Israel, whom God had brought out of Egypt by Moses.
The people heard the voice of God speaking the ten commandments. God spoke many
other commandments to Moses in private for him to share with the people. Some of
what God said concerned only the Jewish religion, but much of what God said
still applies to all people everywhere.
Only one of the
ten commandments in Exodus 20 deals directly with the Jewish religion and that’s
the commandment concerning the Sabbath. The New Testament clearly teaches
that present day Christians do not keep any special days, neither the
Passover, or any other day including Christmas. Acts chapter 15 and
Colossians chapter 2 explain this very well. This is the “minus one” in the
All the Old
Testament commandments dealing with righteousness are still in effect as
explained by Jesus in Matthew 5: 17-48. Jesus even said your righteousness
must exceed what was taught in the Old Testament. He quoted several Old
Testament commandments and proceeded to make them even stricter for New
Then later Jesus
was asked, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” (Matthew
22:36) In answering the question, Jesus does not quote any one of the ten
commandments from Exodus chapter 20, but quotes two scriptures, one from
Deuteronomy 6:5 and one from Leviticus 19:18. All the commandments are important
but Jesus moved these to the top of the list. These would be the “plus two” in
the title and are written below.
The "eleven commandments" reorganized according to their New Testament importance would be as follows:
THE ELEVEN COMMANDMENTS
1. And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might Deut. 6:5.
...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself Leviticus 19:18.
3. I am
the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:2-3
(Worship and serve the one true God only, and his Son Jesus Christ)
shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Exodus 20:4 (This refers to items
made for religious purposes and includes statues you see in churches and
shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold
him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Exodus 20:7
thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12
shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13
shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14
shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15
shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16 (This is the
commandment against lying. God promised to put the people who tell lies in hell.
11. Thou shalt not covet anything... that is thy neighbour‘s. Exodus 20:17 (This is the commandment against being covetous and greedy)
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