Is the law of the ten commandments perfect? If it is not perfect did Christ improve upon the law to make it perfect?  These are good questions and where does Christ fit in with the law? First of all let us see what the scriptures say if the law is perfect or not.


The law of God is perfect.

Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.


The word perfect means undefiled, upright, without any error.  Let us see another scripture.


Psalms 119:96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.


Now it is a fact that the law of the Lord is perfect, if it is perfect is it necessary to add anything to the law? No.


Because it is perfect we should not add or remove

Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.


Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.


Now some may try to compromise the word of God and they might say, in the above scriptures the Lord is speaking not of the moral law but of the ceremonial law.  Now we are in the times of grace and God have given us the freedom.  My question is freedom to do what?  Freedom to sin? Freedom to disobey and to dishonor the ten commandments?  Freedom to ignore the ten commandments?  Perish these thoughts!  The Lord was speaking not of the ceremonial law but of the moral law. Let us see in scripture.


Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

Deuteronomy 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

Deuteronomy 4:12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

Deuteronomy 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

It is very clear that he is speaking of the ten commandments.


Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


In summary if the law is perfect, without error and undefiled we do not need any additions or removals.


Did Christ change the law or add anything to the law?


But what about Matthew chapter 5, when Jesus said, you have heard what the law has said, but I say….. and apparently it looks like he added to the commandments.  No.  Let us see these scriptures.


Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Matthew 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.


We need to understand many so called religious people took the law of God only outwardly. But inwardly they were disobedient to the Lord.  These are the hypocrites and the Pharisees, who not only lived in the past but also who lives in the church today.  Jesus used pretty strong language to the hyporcrites.

Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Matthew 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

Matthew 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.


As you remember the ten commandments was given to obey, obedience from the heart.  When Jesus said, you have heard, but I tell you, it means you have heard what the hypocrites and the Pharisees have said, how they twisted the Old Testament scriptures but I have come to give you the true meaning of the law.  When Jesus said, "by of old time.." it means the old distorted traditions of men had made the commandments without any effect.

So what Jesus said, in  Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Matthew 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.


We can see in the book of Proverbs it is speaking of true obedience that comes from the heart.

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.


Again Jesus said, Matthew 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.


Just because your wife burnt the toast you cannot divorce her. Divorce is not commanded but permitted under adultery.


Let us take a difficult scripture.


Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


Is this where the church make Jesus more loving and the Old Testament God more wrathful, they separate the God of the Old Testament and Jesus.  We have seen the slogans that say,  "Jesus loves you" The truth is there is no condradiction between the Old Testament and the New Testament.  The God of the Old Testament did not change his mind after the appearance of Jesus.  God cannot change as he is perfect.  


Truly speaking hating the enemy is not commanded by the law, it was rather forbidden.  Let us see, Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.


Exodus 23:4 If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

Exodus 23:5 If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.


Proverbs 25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:


And what did Jesus say, Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


Then what about when Jesus said, " A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another." (John 13:34)


Love was commanded in the law.

 Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


So when Jesus said a new commandment it is not a commandment that did not exist in the Old Testament but rather being renewed.


By the way Jesus said that he did not come to break the commandments but to fulfill them. (Mat 5:17)


Can we perfectly obey the law?


The Roman Catholics say yes.  We say no.  Why do we say no? Because we believe not according to tradition of men but according to scripture.


Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Psalms 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

John I 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.


When we see the Bible the great heros like Abraham, Moses, Job, Jeremiah Isaiah, Peter, Paul and others, we see even they were not perfect as their failures are recorded in the Bible.  Then how can the Pope say that he is without error.


Although we are Christians still we are living in the flesh. As long as we are in the flesh we are not perfect.   That is why apostle Paul had to explain in scripture the following.

Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.


The only person who ever lived on this earth was Jesus the Christ.  He was born from above as he was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  He was pure, blameless, undefiled and perfect.  He kept the law and fulfilled the law.  And he never abolished the moral law, it continues.  As the Christians are called to obey God rather than men.   We take the Ten Commandments seriously, we as it is the rule for our life.  When we sin we become guilty and ahamed because of the law, as we have broken the rule. The law keeps us humble, it takes the pride away.  It breaks us, mould us.   On one hand we have the law and on the other hand we have Christ.  When we sinned against the almighty holy God, he had provided us Christ to keep us pure, the one who is perfect and shed his precious blood for the elect.  We as Christians do not want to enjoy and continue in sin but as we are living in the flesh, if we do sin we can be edified with the following scripture.

John I 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: