The Ten Commandments,
Nailed to the Cross. Really?
Irrefutable Biblical proof that
God's eternal Ten Commandments
were NEVER nailed to the cross.

Multiplied millions in many Christian denominations believe that God’s moral Law, the Ten Commandments, was nailed to the cross.
They may deny that they want to willfully transgress God’s law, but they really do not want to be held responsible for keeping the Ten Commandments, as that would require Sabbath keeping. Therefore they must find scriptures that would support their false theory. Their two favorites are Ephesians 2:15 and Colossians 2: 14-17. We need to take these scriptures apart and see what they really say:

Ephesians 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”

Question- Does Ephesians 2:15 pertain to the Ten Commandments? NO!
Answer- Ordinances are requirements regarding religious festivals, feasts, sacrifices and ceremonies. Ordinances are found all through the Law of Moses. 2 Chronicles 33:8 “Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law (Ten Commandmets) and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.”

FACT - There are no ordinances in the Ten Commandments.

Jesus instituted the ordinances of humility (the foot washing) and the ordinance of communion. They, along with the ordinance of baptism, are part of the New Covenant and are the only ordnances Jesus put into the New Covenant.

In Ephesians 2:15 Paul is speaking about the dissension which created the bitter feelings (enmity) between the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians, primarily over circumcision, however the Jewish Christians wanted them to keep the feast days as well. The wall of partition, verse 14, is what separates and Jesus in His death has abolished or slain the enmity verse 16, by nailing the ceremonial Law of Moses to the cross.

Question- Does Colossians 2: 14-17 teach that God’s Law ended at the cross? We need to understand exactly what was nailed to the cross. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

Handwriting was done by Moses – Leviticus 26:46 “These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the LORD made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.”

of ordnances - Just as in Ephesians 2:15, so in Colossians 2 14, there are NO ordinances in the Ten Commandments.

Was against us; contrary to us – Deuteronomy 31:26 “Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.” There is nothing against us in the Ten Commandments. In fact Paul said God’s law was holy and just and good in Romans 7:12. This was many years after the cross.

Meat or in drink – Has nothing to do with what people ate or drank. It was specifically pertaining to the offerings in ceremony. Leviticus 23:13 The meat offering is not flesh food, it is a fine flour mixed with oil. The drink offering was wine. It was usually offered with the animal sacrifice. See verses 16, 18 and 37. See also Numbers 28 and 29 for numerous mentions of meat and drink offerings.

Sabbath days – Since verses 14 - 16 has pertained to the Law of Moses, the reference to Sabbath days cannot refer to the Sabbath of the 4th commandment in the Law of God. Notice it is plural, Sabbath days. They pertain to the seven yearly Sabbath days in Leviticus 23:5, 6, 11, 15, 24, 27 and 34. They are Passover; Feast of Unleavened Bread; Wave Sheaf (First Fruits); Feast of Weeks (Pentecost); Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah); Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering). These annual Sabbath days pointed forward to Christ and were a shadow of things to come, (Colossians 2:17), that met its substance in Christ, while God’s seventh day Sabbath of the fourth commandment was never a shadow pointing forward to Christ, but rather points back to creation.

How were the seven yearly feast days fulfilled by Christ? 1. Passover; 2. Feast of Unleavened Bread; 3. Wave Sheaf (First Fruits); 4. Feast of Weeks (Pentecost); 5. Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah); 6. Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and 7. the Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering).

Passover – Jesus was the Passover Lamb of God and died on the preparation day; Leviticus 23:5 “… fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover.”
Unleavened Bread – Jesus was without sin and laid in the tomb over the Sabbath day; Leviticus 23:6 “… fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD.”
Wave Sheaf represented the resurrection (first fruits) of Jesus. Leviticus 23:11, “And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.” This was the 16th day of the first month. These three feast days were connected and followed in three successive days. The 14th, 15th and 16th days of the first month.
Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. Seven Sabbaths and a day later, totaling 50 days, the Holy Spirit was poured out and 3,000 souls were converted in a day;
Feast of Trumpets - which announced the coming day of Atonement requiring a soul searching preparation was fulfilled from 1833 to 1844 during the Millerite movement..
The anti-typical Day of Atonement began on October 22nd, 1844 and has continued without interruption, as Jesus in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary has been carrying on the work of judgment.
When Jesus comes in the clouds of glory, the seventh and final feast day, Feast of Tabernacles or Ingathering, will be completed as the angels gather in the redeemed souls all over the world.

Obviously the Law of Moses as it pertained to ceremony and animal sacrifices pointed to Christ and ended at the cross. So what is the purpose of God’s eternal moral Law of absolutes?
To point out sin. Romans 3:20, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 7:7 “What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Paul names a specific commandment of the ten to show that it is necessary to be aware that he has sinned.

Now we will cover many Scriptures which show the Ten Commandments are not only binding on all Christians, but are the standard used in the judgment. But first let us establish two important Biblical principles:

#1. Jesus said this in John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (There was no New Testament when Jesus said this. He is saying to search the Old Testament!)
#2. In 2 Timothy 3:16 it states clearly, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” All scripture includes all 66 books from Genesis to Revelation.

Job 28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 2:1, 2 “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;”

Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”

Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Psalm 119:176 “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.”

Psalm 119:172 “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.”

Psalm 72:2 “He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.”

1 John 3:7 “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.”

Psalm 103:17, 18 “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”

Romans 2:13 “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”

Psalm 106:3 “Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.”

Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

Psalm 101:8 “I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.” (Those who do not keep or do the commandments).

Psalm 1:1, 2 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

Psalm 119:47, 48 “And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved;”

Psalm 119:113 “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.”

Proverbs 3:1, 2 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”

Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Isaiah 48:22 “There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.”

1 John 2:3, 4 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

1 John 5:2, 3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (grievous - not heavy or burdensome)

1 John 3:22, 24 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

2 John 1:6 “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light;”

Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Exodus 20:6 “And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Psalm 119:163 “I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.”

Psalm 119:2 “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”

Psalm 119:150 ”They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.”

James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Psalm 119:115 “Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Psalm 103:17, 18 “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”

Psalm 111:4 “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Psalm 111:7, 8 “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”

Psalm 119:142, 151 “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.” “Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.

Nehemiah 1:9 “But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.”

Ezekiel 36:26, 27 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”

And Jesus said in Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Exodus 20:1 “And God spake all these words, saying, (This is the verse that precedes the listing of the Ten Commandments – Jesus not only wrote the commandments in stone to show their permanence, but He also spoke the words.)

Psalm 119:89, 90 “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations:”

God’s law is the foundation of His throne - Psalm 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Isaiah 58:12 “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”

Matthew 5:17-19 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 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.” When Jesus said I came not to destroy the law or do away with it, He then said His purpose was to fulfill it which means to keep the righteous requirements of the law and that’s what He did and taught, proving that we also can keep the commandments with the same power that was available to Him.

Matthew 3:15 “And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”

Psalm 119:172 “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.” We fulfill all righteousness by keeping the Ten Commandments which are righteousness.

Psalm 9:8 “And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.” (God’s law is the standard used in the judgment).

Psalm 119:172 “… all thy commandments are righteousness.”

Psalm 98:9 “Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.”

Romans 8:3, 4 “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Just as the righteousness of the law was fulfilled in and by Jesus, so we can have that same power to fulfill the righteousness of the law in our own experience.

Isaiah 42:21 “The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.” Magnify the law is exactly what Jesus did when in Matthew 5:21, 22 Jesus said “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; (sixth commandment) and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:” And again in Matthew 5:27, 28 He said “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: (seventh commandment) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” So it is as though Jesus placed a magnifying glass on the 6th and 7th commandments to show what they require. He magnified the law. He showed us that sin begins in our minds. The law continues to be God’s standard of righteous behavior for all true Christians.

Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”

Romans 7:7 “What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”

Romans 7:12 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”

Romans 8:10 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Revelation 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Proverbs 7:2 “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.”

Romans 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Exodus 20:6 “And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Jesus spoke these words from Mt. Sinai as God, and He spoke the following as God in the flesh:

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

What commandments does Jesus ask us to keep if we love Him?

Nehemiah 9:13, 14 “Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:” How do we know that the Thou spoken of here is Jesus and not the Father? Nehemiah 9:6 “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.” We know that Jesus made all things – John 1:1-3; Col. 1:13-17; Isaiah 44:24; Heb. 1:2; 1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:9; Psalms 33:6, 9; so the Thou spoken of in Nehemiah 9 is Jesus.

James 2:10-12 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” James quotes two of the Ten Commandments so that the readers and hearers would know which law he is referring to as the law of liberty. This is another confirming scripture regarding the Ten Commandments being the standard in the judgment.

James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

Psalm 19:7, 8 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

James 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

Psalm 119:1, 4 “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.” “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.”

Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

Psalm 112:1 “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Psalm 23:3 “… He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Psalm 119:151 “Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.”

Psalm 25:4, 5, 10 “Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

Psalm 78:1 “Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.”

Psalm 119:10, 11 “O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word (Jesus) have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Psalm 119:18, 19 “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.”

Deuteronomy 30:10, 11 “If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.”

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” The law most forgotten is the 4th commandment which begins with “remember.” Even the health laws have been largely ignored and forgotten by many who claim to be God’s Remnant people.

Psalm 78:7 “That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:”

Psalm 119:109 “My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.”

Psalm 111:4, 7, 8 “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: (His Sabbath is a memorial of creation) the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”

Psalm 134:13 “Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, (the Sabbath) O LORD, throughout all generations.”

Psalm 119:126 “It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.”

Psalm 119:136 “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.”

Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” God calls His people out of Babylonian Sunday keeping confusion.

Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”

Psalm 119: 34, 35, 44, 45 “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” “So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.”

Psalm 119:151, “Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.”
Psalm 119:86, “All thy commandments are faithful:”
Psalm 119:172; “for all thy commandments are righteousness.”
Psalm 111:7 “… all his commandments are sure.”

Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” God’s end-time church, called the remnant, are Ten Commandment keepers, especially upholding God’s seventh day Sabbath.

Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Jesus started one Christian church with 12 men. Although there are an estimated 38,000 Christian denominations around the world, Jesus will still have only one true church in this final generation. He identifies His final church in Revelation 12:17 above as Ten Commandment keepers who honor God by keeping His Sabbath holy and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. What is the testimony of Jesus Christ? Revelation 19:10 says, “…worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” God’s final church will have a true prophet of God giving the clear directions for His final church to navigate the troubled waters of the final days.