Works of the Law and 10 Commandments

Dr. Sungenis,

This is in regards to:
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Question 166 - "Works of the Law" in the Ignatius Study Bible

How does the issue with obeying the 10 Commandments fall into this? If I am not mistaken, the Church teaches that each of the 10 Commandments is "grave" matter and if one is committed willfully and with full knowledge, then "mortal" sin is committed. Is this not a situation of the Old Mosaic Law condemning us, still? I agree that the Mosaic Law has been revoked and replaced by the New Covenant, but it seems like this proposed issue is causing me some issue.

Pax Christi,

R. Sungenis: Michael, if we break the 10 commandments, or sin in any way that is mortal, we are judged by the New Covenant. The New Covenant is both a covenant of salvation and judgment, only instead of two or three human witnesses as in the Old Covenant who see only our outward actions, we now have two or three divine witnesses who see even the motivations of our heart as well as the ostensible mortal sin (cf. Matt 5:21-48; Hebrews 10:26-31).

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