Isn’t there a New Law of Christ?

Jesus was not replacing the Ten Commandments with the commandments to love God and love others. Instead, He was summarizing and emphasizing the underlying principles of the commandments.

The commandments to love God and love one’s neighbour is the essence of the Ten Commandments. When we truly love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, we naturally fulfill the commandments related to our relationship with Him. Likewise, when we love our neighbour as ourselves, we fulfill the commandments related to our interactions with others.

Jesus’ statement that “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” means that the entire body of God’s moral law, as revealed in the Old Testament, finds its foundation and fulfillment in love. Love is the guiding principle that gives value and purpose to the commandments.

The apostle Paul reaffirmed this understanding in Romans 13:10, where he wrote, “Love does no harm to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” When we truly love, we will not harm others, and we will naturally obey the commandments that guide us in our relationships with both God and fellow human beings.

In summary, the commandments to love God and love others do not invalidate or replace the Ten Commandments. Instead, they provide a framework and motivation for fulfilling the commandments, emphasizing the significance of love in our relationship with God and others.


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