Q11: What Does God Require in the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Commandments?

New City Catechism: Question 11


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Stephen Um, the Senior Minister of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, answers the question, "What Does God Require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?”


Romans 13:9 (ESV)

9For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question eleven with the following answer: sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.


Stephen said Jesus raised the standard of these three laws to the highest standard in the Sermon on the Mount. We shouldn’t hate, commit adultery, or steal. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Even though Jesus increased the requirements of these laws, He gives us the power to obey through His work on the Cross. Through Him, we have the ability to not hate, commit adultery, or steal. 


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Romans 13:9. Take a moment to reflect on what it means for you to obey the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of these three commandments, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Romans 13:9. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you obey the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments.



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