Please do not allow pride, prejudice, anything or anyone else, stop you from learning what you must know next…..Please have your Bible, (preferably the KJV), to look at the answers for yourself, so that you can see the evidence presented before you. We have tried to make this a concise study as much as possible. However, if you need further clarification on any issues, then please email us.

Today, alot of Christians are confused on what sin is…….You hear alot of religious teaches saying; “accept Jesus and He will forgive your sins!” But unfortunately when you ask a religious teacher what “sin is” many do not give you the correct definition. Here at TRUEDISCOVERIES, we would encourage all Christians to see what the Bible has to say on what the definition of sin is. This is so important! Throughout these studies, you will see clearly that the Bible is its own interpreter! So, lets take a walk through the scriptures:-


What is the Biblical definition of sin?


“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.1st John 3:4


Which Law is the Bible speaking of?


“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 7:7


Which Law in the Bible tells us that we should “not covet?”



“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that [is] thy neighbour’s.” Exodus 20:17

After God had audible spoken the Ten Commandments from Mt.Sinai (Exodus 20: 1-19), we see that Moses connects the transgression of the Ten Commandments to sin.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” Exodus 20:20

Then God told Moses to come up into the mount and receive a copy of this Law.

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.” Exodus 24:12

So we can see conclusively from the Bible that “sin” is the transgression of the “Ten Commandment Law” given by God Himself.

Today in the Christian Churches we hear so much confusion on which Law was “nailed to the cross”. Let’s now see what the Bible has to say on which Law has been done away with. You will see that the Bible is very clear on this subject, if we allow the Bible to be the authority and it’s own interpreter.


Most Christians understand that there are THREE sets of Laws in the Bible:




So then, how many Commandments are contained in the Ten Commandments? Does that sound like a foolish question? Then consider the fact that thousands of religious people would give an answer like “94” or “110.” You see, there is a strange belief on the part of many that the great God-written Law of the Ten Commandments was actually a part of the Ceremonial & Civil Law of Moses which contained scores of specific regulations. It is not difficult to explain what is meant by “Ceremonial Law.”  In a nutshell, the Ceremonial Laws consisted of ordinances, ceremonies and sacrifices in the sanctuary system, and regulated the Priesthood. The most common instances of Ceremonial Law in the Old Testament were the regulations for various types of animal sacrifices. The Civil Laws, actually expounded on either the Ten Commandments & the Ceremonial Laws. Some were particularly adapted to conditions of rural life in Israel, while others were adapted to enabling human beings to live harmoniously together. However, many Christians  do not see the Ten Commandments as being distinct and totally unique because of its divine authorship.

It seems quite obvious that one would effectively do away with the “Ten Commandments” by mingling them with ninety or a hundred others and calling them “ordinances” instead of Commandments. Such a radical effort has been made to dilute the force of the only words of the Bible which God wrote with His own hand. Furthermore, the claim has been advanced that since the Ten Commandments were a part of the Mosaic Law of ordinances which ended at the cross, we are no more obligated to obey the Decalogue than we are to offer lambs in sacrifice.

Is there positive proof in the Scriptures that there was no such blending of the ceremonial and Moral Law into one? Can it be shown that the Ten Commandments were of a permanent, perpetual nature while the Ceremonial Law of statutes and ordinances came to an end when Jesus died? Indeed there is abundance of evidence to answer these questions with a resounding yes!

God made known this distinction to His servant Moses, and Moses explained it to the people at Mt. Horeb;

“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. And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it” Deuteronomy 4:13, 14.

Please notice how Moses clearly separated the Ten Commandments, which “he commanded you,” from the statutes which “he commanded me” to give the people. The big question now is whether those statutes and judgments, which Moses passed on to the people, were designated as a separate and distinct “Law.”

God answers that important question in such a way that no doubt can remain;

“Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them2nd Kings 21:8.

Here we are assured that the statutes which Moses gave the people were called a “Law.” Any child can discern that two different Laws are being described. God speaks of the Law “I commanded” and also the “law … Moses commanded.” Unless this truth is understood properly, limitless confusion will result.

Daniel was inspired to make the same careful distinction when he prayed for the desolated sanctuary of his scattered nation;

“Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against himDaniel 9:11.

Once more we see “thy law” and “the law of Moses,” and this time the two are recognized as different in content. There are no curses recorded in the Ten Commandments that God wrote, but the Law which Moses wrote contained an abundance of such curses and judgments.(see:  Joshua 8:31, 32, 34 & 35 )

The major point of difference between the Law of God and the Law of Moses, though, lies in the way they were recorded and preserved. We have already cited Moses’ statement that God “wrote them (the Ten Commandments) upon two tables of stone” (Deuteronomy 4:13). Compare that with Exodus 31:18, “two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

No one can confuse this writing with the way the Mosaic Law was produced;

“And Moses wrote this law … And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, 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” Deuteronomy 31:9, 24-26.

This book of statutes and judgments which Moses wrote in a book was placed in a pocket on the SIDE of the ark. In contrast, the Law written by God on tables of stone was placed INSIDE the ark of the covenant;

“And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee” Exodus 25:16.

At this point we can note several distinctions in the two Laws. They had different authors, were written on different material, were placed in different locations and had totally different content!


Now let’s take a closer look at the Ceremonial ordinances that Moses wrote in the book. They were to repose in the “side of the ark … for a witness against thee.” It is interesting to note that the curses and judgments of this Law spelled out penalties for transgression (see:  Joshua 8:31, 32, 34 & 35 ) which were totally missing from the Ten Commandments. For this reason, the Ceremonial Law was considered to be a Law which was “against” them. Even in the New Testament we read the same descriptive language in reference to that Law;

“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” Colossians 2:14.

Certainly there was nothing in the Ten-Commandment Law that could be defined as “contrary” to Paul and the church to whom he was writing. It was not “against” those early Christians to refrain from adultery, theft, lying, etc. On the other hand, that Moral Law was a tremendous protection to them and favored every interest in their lives. We have only to read Paul’s exalted description of the Ten-Commandment Law to recognize that those eternal principles were never blotted out or nailed to the cross. After quoting the 10th Commandment of the Decalogue in Romans 7:7, Paul wrote these words, “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (verse 12). Then he continued in verse 14, “For we know that the law is spiritual …”

If the Ten-Commandment Law had been blotted out at the cross, would Paul have spoken in such glowing language of its perfection and spirituality? He did not speak of a past Law. He said, “the law IS holy … the law IS spiritual.” In other words, it was very much alive and operating when Paul wrote to the Roman church. In contrast he described the handwriting of ordinances in the past tense: “WAS against us … WAS contrary to us.” It is certain he was not speaking of the same Law. One was present and one was past!

Interestingly enough, Paul spoke of the 5th Commandment as being in effect when he wrote to the Ephesians;

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” Ephesians 6:1-3.

Again, we find the great apostle affirming that this Commandment “IS” not “WAS.” Had it been a part of the ordinances described by the same writer in Colossians, he would have said, “… it WAS the first commandment with promise.”

In the New Testament Church there was a lot of contention over the subject of circumcision, which was a major requirement of the Ceremonial Law. In Acts 15:5 we read;

“But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

As all recognize, this could not be referring in any sense to the Ten Commandments. They do not even mention circumcision. Yet Paul declared;

“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God” 1st Corinthians 7:19.

If the Law dealing with circumcision was now NOTHING (abolished), then what “Commandments” was he exalting as being still binding? One would have to be blind not to see two Laws here. The Moral Law remained, while the Law of circumcision (Ceremonial Law) was abolished.

The truth is that there are numerous references in the Bible which prove that the Law of types and shadows, because of its temporary application, was never considered on an equality with the eternal Moral Law. Its system of sacrifices, human priesthood and feast days were instituted after sin entered the world and always pointed forward to the deliverance from sin which would be wrought through the true Lamb and Priest who was to come—Jesus.

Jesus himself amplified this truth in Luke 24:25 – 27 & 44 where it reads;

“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:25-27

“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” Luke 24:44


The Mosaic Law is never equated with the eternal moral code which operated from the very beginning of human history. Although they were not written down until Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments were understood and honoured by the earliest patriarchs. Even Cain knew that it was a sin to kill, because God told him that; “sin lieth at the door” Genesis 4:7 after he murdered his brother.

It is impossible for sin to exist where there is no Law!

The Bible teaches;

“for where no law is, there is no transgression” Romans 4:15.

Again we are told;

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” 1st John 3:4.

This principle is amplified further by Paul’s statement that;

“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 7:7.

These verses nail down the truth that no sin can be imputed where the Ten-Commandment Law is not in effect! God’s statement to Cain about sin lying at the door was in reference to his plan to kill Abel, a violation of one of those Commandments. This is absolute proof that the Moral Law was in effect at that early date. Later, Joseph revealed that he was aware of the binding claims of that same Law. He said to Potiphar’s wife; “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

Genesis 39:9. He knew adultery was sin.

Abraham was commended by God in these words:

“Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws” Genesis 26:5.

It is very obvious that the Law which Abraham faithfully obeyed was not the Law of Moses. Because Moses was not even born! That Law [Moses Law] was not given, until 430 years later. And we have just established that the Ten Commandments existed before Abraham, condemning even Cain for murder.

It is absolutely certain that Moses Law [Ceremonial Law] was added 430 years later, and it was in addition to the one Abraham kept so diligently;

“And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect”

Galatians 3:17.

The context of this verse indicates that Paul is talking about the Ceremonial Law rather than the Moral Law of the Ten Commandments. In verse ten, he refers to the curses “which are written in the book of the law.” We know this had to be the Mosaic Law because, as we have already noted, there are no curses recorded in the Law written on stone.

Can we find further confirmation that this later Law was indeed the Law of Moses? The answer rests in Galatians 3:19;

“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions till the seed should come to whom the promise was made …”

Here we have two significant facts set forth concerning the Law which was added. We are told why it was given and also how long it would remain in effect. These two bits of information will be considered very carefully since they contain compelling evidence in the case.

FIRST: WHY WAS IT GIVEN? The verse clearly states that it was “added because of transgressions.” This is most revealing because we have just established that “where no law is, there is no transgression” Romans 4:15. One can’t be guilty of transgressing a Law which does not exist. In this case one Law obviously did exist; and it had been “transgressed,” making it necessary to add another Law 430 years after God’s covenant with Abraham. And since it is recorded that “Abraham obeyed … my laws” Genesis 26:5, we have to believe that the earlier Law, which Abraham observed, was the Ten Commandments. Moses had not yet been born, and it could not have been his (Moses) Law.

So what must we conclude from this evidence? The Ten Commandments had been transgressed, making it necessary to add the Ceremonial Law. Upon reflection, this makes a lot of sense. If a Law is made forbidding murder, and it is broken, then another Law would have to be enacted to prescribe the penalty or punishment for breaking that first Law. We have already established that the Ten Commandments contained no curses (penalties) or judgments (punishments), but the Mosaic Law was characterized by those very things.

SECOND: HOW LONG DID THIS “ADDED” LAW REMAIN IN EFFECT? The Scripture says, “Till the seed should come.” Galatians 3:19. There is no controversy over the identity of that seed. It is Christ. But do we have evidence that the Law which was blotted out and nailed to the cross was indeed the Law of Moses? Whichever Law it was, it is designated as the “handwriting of ordinances.” Colossians 2:14. Nowhere are the Ten Commandments identified as ordinances. That term is applied to local legal codes which are very narrow and limited, such as “town ordinances” which extend only to the city limits. In comparison, the Ten Commandments are more like the constitution of the United States.


But let’s look closer at that text in Colossians 2:14-16 to get the real picture. After describing the “blotting out” and “nailing” of the ordinances, Paul wrote; “Let no man THEREFORE judge you in meat, or in drink.” The word “therefore” means “based on what has just been said, we must come to this conclusion.” In other words, he was saying, “Based upon the fact that the ordinances have been blotted out, THEREFORE let no one judge you in meat or drink.”

Now we begin to see clearly which Law was under discussion. Is there anything in the Ten Commandments about meat and drink?

But let us read the rest of the text before us:

“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” Colossians 2:16, 17.

Question: Could these Sabbath days be talking about the Seventh-day Sabbath of the Ten-Commandment Law? No. Because they are clearly defined as “shadow of things to come.” Please keep in mind that the weekly Sabbath was instituted by God before sin came into the world (Genesis 2:2-3). THERE COULD NEVER BE TYPES OR SHADOWS BEFORE SIN EXISTED! All the shadows were introduced after, because of sin and pointed forward to the deliverance from sin through Christ. For example, all the lambs slain represented Jesus, the true LAMB, who would die for the sins of the world. If sin had not entered the world, there would have been no need of a Saviour, and therefore, no lambs or shadows pointing to a Saviour.

So these “sabbath days which are a shadow” could not possibly be referring to the Seventh-day Sabbath. But what other Sabbaths could they be talking about? Were there “Sabbaths” other than the weekly Sabbaths? Yes, there were yearly Sabbaths which had absolutely nothing to do with the Seventh-day Sabbath of the Decalogue. And they were definitely a part of the “ordinance” system which ended at the cross.

For proof of this, let us go back to the Law of Moses and read about these annual feast days which were shadowy sabbaths. We can see all these ‘yearly’ sabbaths all clearly outlined in Leviticus 23. Let’s take a look at a few of them;

“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation” Leviticus 23:24.

Again we read;

“Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement … It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest” (verses 27, 32).

As you can clearly see, these annual Sabbaths fell on a different day of the week every year, and God specifically explained that they were not to be confused with the weekly Sabbath;

“These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, everything upon his day: Beside the sabbaths of the Lord” (verses 37, 38).

Now we can understand what Paul was referring to in Colossians when he wrote about meat and drink and Sabbath days which are shadows. There were certain prescribed offerings for each of those yearly feast days, and they were shadows pointing to the future sacrifice of Jesus. But the Bible says these were “BESIDE THE SABBATHS OF THE LORD,” or the Seventh-day Sabbath.

Please read through the whole of Leviticus 23 and see. You will clearly see the meat & drink offerings & the yearly Sabbaths all outlined.

(we will touch more on the Sabbath in part III to Message to the Churches)

Now it is fully established which Law was blotted out and nailed to the cross. At the moment of Christ’s death, the veil of the temple was ripped from top to bottom by an unseen hand (Matthew 27:51). The Most Holy Place of the Sanctuary was exposed where the sprinkled blood recorded all the sins of the people. But no more blood needed to be sprinkled; no more lambs needed to be slain; the true Lamb had come to which all those sacrifices pointed. From henceforth, it would be a denial of the Saviour to bring animals. It would be denying that He was the fulfillment of all the shadows and types. Therefore, it would be “against us” or “contrary to us” to continue observing that Mosaic Law.

To clarify this issue further, let’s ask a very simple question or two. On the day before Jesus died, would it have been a sin for a man to refuse to bring a lamb in order to have his sins forgiven? The answer, of course, is yes. It would have been a sin, because that was the only way to be forgiven. Another question: Would it have been a sin to refuse to bring that lamb, THE DAY AFTER JESUS DIED? No, because the true Lamb had died, the veil had been rent, and the ordinances blotted out. A Law had been abolished by being nailed to the cross—the Ceremonial Law of Moses. Paul referred to the same Law in Ephesians 2:15;

“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances …”

Now let’s ask another question: On the day before Jesus died, was it a sin to steal? Undoubtedly it was. On the day after He died, was it a sin to steal? The answer is yes; it was just as wrong as the day before He died. Obviously, all the blotting out of ordinances, types and shadows did not affect the great moral code of the Ten Commandments in the slightest degree—they all applied afterward as much as before Christ died.

The truth is that all men will be judged on the basis of that eternal code which forms the foundation of God’s government.

James wrote;

“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 2:10-12.

Do not by any means miss the tremendous truths contained in these verses. This is the Law we will be judged by! Which Law is it? James leaves no room for doubt. He quotes two of the Ten Commandments. But notice how he defines this Law as a complete unit in itself. He states that we are responsible for keeping “the whole law.” How many Commandments are contained in “the whole law”? Exactly Ten! What do we become if we break any one of the Ten? “A transgressor of the law,” James answers. And that is what sin is called in the Bible. “Sin is the transgression of the law” 1st John 3:4.

Why did Jesus come? “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Notice that Jesus came to save us from breaking the law, but “… if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1st John 2:1).


Answers: “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” Luke 16:17-18 (Jesus shows the eternity of the 10 Commandments)

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

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10

“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 19:17-19

(Jesus quotes directly from the Ten Commandments)

“But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:3-9 (Again Jesus establishes and magnifies the 10 Commandments)

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

(Again Jesus establishes and magnifies the 10 Commandments)

“It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: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.” Matthew 5:31-32

(Again Jesus establishes and magnifies the 10 Commandments)

“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. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; 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 whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:17:22

(Jesus establishes and magnifies the 10 commandments)

Today, lets all examine ourselves & ask a searching question?….Are we really liars?? Do we really love our Lord?? The Bible teaches us;

“He that saith I know him and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1st John 2:4.

Friend, Gods Holy Law, the Ten Commandments are still as relevant today as yesterday. They HAVE NOT been done away with. Including the Sabbath Commandment.

We know the Bible teaches us that;

“sin is the transgression of the law” 1st John 3:4.

It is no wonder then, that there is so much misery in this World. Exactly as it is depicted in Isaiah 24:4-6;

“The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left”.

God’s Law is broad & covers every aspect of life. They are for our good! The plain fact is, if people kept the Commandments of God, then there would not be any misery on this Earth. In fact our wrong-doings (sins) have far reaching consequences than many people realize (Ecclesiastes 9:18).

The central theme of the Bible is the total eradication of sin, which is the redemption plan, & the restoration of the image of God in the human soul, which are the Ten Commandments, the transcript of Gods character.