Seventh-day Adventists have always distinguished the moral law, or Ten Commandments, from the ceremonial law, or the ritual requirements of the Jewish religious system. The moral law is a transcript in human language of the character and will of God, and of the principles by which His creatures are to live. Because the moral law comes from God and expresses His character, and because God’s character is changeless, the principles this law sets forth are likewise eternal. Both the OT and the NT sum up the 10 precepts of the moral law, though often worded in the form of two great commandments-love to God (the first four), and love to our fellowman (the last six; Deut. 6:5 ; Lev. 19:18 ; Matt. 22:34–40 ). In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ explained some of the principles of the moral law ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.