What are the commands of Christ?
Come along with us on a weekly adventure through the Ten Commandments of Jesus Christ! This podcast offers a new and exciting method to immerse yourself in God’s Word. Download it now! The Commands of Christ serve as a direction for real discipleship and as a means of establishing a more intimate connection with God. View the most recent episodes According to Jesus, “If you love me, observe my commandments” (John 14:15). Making a conscious effort to follow Jesus’ instructions begins with an understanding of what they are.
As you go through them, pray to God to assist you in observing these words, applying them, and faithfully following them throughout your life span.
- Jesus began preaching and saying, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” from that point forward. (Matthew 4:17
- Luke 4:17) Take My Lead”And he says unto them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19)
- Rejoice in the Lord’s Succor If for my sake, folks revile you, persecute you, and speak all manner of evil about you in your own minds, consider yourselves blessed.” Rejoice and be very joyful, because great is your recompense in heaven, since they persecuted the prophets who came before you.” (See Matthew 5:11–12
- Allow your light to shine brightly. “Light up your path in front of others so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.” (Matthew 5:16
- Mark 1:16) God’s commandments must be followed. Don’t get the impression that I’ve come to abolish or destroy the law or the prophets: I haven’t come to abolish or abolish, but to fulfill.” The Bible says (Matthew 5:17)
- Be Reconciled with Yourself So, when you bring your present to the altar and you recall that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go on your way
- First seek reconciliation with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23–25
- Do Not Lust”But I say vnto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman with desire for her hath already committed adultery with her in his heart,” says the Lord Jesus Christ. In the same way, if thy right eye offends thee, pull it out and hurl it from thee
- For it is more advantageous for thee that one of thy members perishes than that thy entire body be cast into hell. In the same way, if thy right hand offends you, cut it off and put it away from thee
- For it is more useful for thee that one of thy limbs perishes than that thy entire body be cast into hell.” (5:28–30
- Matthew 5:28–30)
- Keep Your Promises For anything is more than these is bad.” “Let your conversation be, Yea, yes
- Nay, no: for whatever is more than these is evil.” The Bible says (Matthew 5:37)
- Continue on to the Second Mile “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say vnto you, Resist evil
- But whomever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. “I say unto you, Resist evil.” When someone threatens to sue you in court and take away your coat, let him have the right to take away both of your coats. And whomever forces thee to go a mile with him, walk with him for two miles. Allow those who ask of thee to have what they need, and do not turn away from those who would borrow from thee.” (5:38–42
- Matthew 5:38–42)
- Respect for Your Enemies However, Jesus instructs, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, that ye may be children of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Because, if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? “Do not even the bartenders behave in the same way?” (5:44–46 in Matthew 5:44–46)
- Make Yourself Perfect”If ye love those who love you, what recompense do ye have? Aren’t even the bartenders and waiters the same? And if you just honor your brothers and sisters, what distinguishes you from the rest of the world? Do not even the bartenders believe this? Thus, strive to be flawless in the same way that your heavenly Father is perfect.” (5:46–48 in Matthew 5)
- Secret Disciplines should be practiced. “. When thou doest thine alms, do not let thy left hand know what thy right hand is doing, so that thine alms may be done in secret, and thy Father, who seeth in secret, himself will reward thee publicly.” . After entering into your closet and closing the door behind you, pray to your Father who sees in secret
- And your Father who sees in secret will reward thee openly as a result of your prayer. . When you fast, anoint your head with oil and wash your face so that you do not appear to mankind to be fasting, but rather to thy Father who sees in secret
- And thy Father, who seeth in secret, will reward thee publicly.” (6:1–18
- Matthew 6:1–18)
- Make a Home for Your Treasures”Do not make a home for your treasures on earth, because the earth is corrupted by moth and rust, and thieves are able to break through and steal
- Rather, make a home for your treasures in heaven, because the heavens are neither corrupted by moth nor rust, and thieves are unable to break through nor steal: for wherever your treasure is, there will also be your heart.” (6:19–21
- Matthew 6:19–21)
- Seek God’s Kingdom with all your heart. It says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness). Make No Judgment”Make no judgment so that you will not be judged. Since you will be judged according to your judgment, and you will be measured according to your metes and measures, you will be measured back to you. How come thou notices the mote that is in thy brother’s eye but does not take into consideration the beam that is in thine own?” (Matthew 7:1–3
- Mark 1:1–3)
- Don’t Throw Your Pearls Before Pigs”Do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they crush them under their feet and turn around and rip you to shreds.” Matthew 7:6 (Matthew 7:6)
- Inquire, seek, and knock It says in the Bible, “Ask, and it shall be given you
- Seek, and ye shall find
- Knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone who asketh receiveth, everyone who seeks finds, and everyone who knocks will have their door opened.” (Matthew 7:7–8)
- Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You “Therefore, whatsoever you would have men do to you, do to them as you would have them do to you: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12, to be precise). Opt for the Narrow Route. “Enter ye in through the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter through it
- But narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leads to life, and few there are who find it.” “Enter ye in through the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter through it.” Warning: False Prophets (Matthew 7:13–14)
- Be on the lookout for them. “Be on the lookout for false prophets, who appear to you in sheep’s clothes but are really ravening wolves on the inside. You will recognize them by the rewards of their labor. Men get grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do you think?” (15–16)
- Pray for Workers”The harvest really is plentiful, but the laborers are few
- Pray ye therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he would send out laborers into his harvest,” says Matthew 7:15–16. (9:37–38 in Matthew 9:37–38)
- Be as Wise as Serpents”Behold, I send you forth as sheep among wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves,” says the Lord. The Bible says (Matthew 10:16)
- Fear Not”Do not be afraid of those who murder the body but are unable to kill the soul
- Rather, be afraid of him who is able to destroy both the soul and the body in hell.” The Bible says (Matthew 10:28)
- Hear God’s Voice”Let him who has ears to hear hear what the Lord is saying.” (See Matthew 11:15
- Bring Your Loads Upon Me”Come unto me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” As you take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, you will find rest for your souls. “Because my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” says the Lord. God’s Commandment to Honor Your Parents”For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, whoever curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Matthew 11:28–30)
- Honor Your Parents Jesus said in Matthew 15:4 that Take Care of the Leaven”Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees”(Matthew 16:6)
- Deny Yourself”If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me”(Matthew 16:24)
- After all, whoever seeks to save his life will lose it
- However, whoever seeks to lose his life for my sake will find himself saving it. For what good is it to a man if he gains the whole world but loses himself or is cast away?” says the author. (See also Luke 9:23–25.)
- Little Children are not to be despised. “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones
- For I say unto you, that in heaven their angels are always gazing upon the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10, for example) For more information, see Offenders. Additionally, if your brother should trespass against you, go to him and tell him his fault between you and him alone
- If he listens to you, you have gained your brother’s forgiveness.” But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican” (Matthew 18:15–17)
- Beware of Covetousness “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15)
- s Forgive Offenders“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21–22)
- s Honor Marriage“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4–6)
- s Be a Servant “. Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister
- And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26–28)
- Be a House of Prayer “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer. ” (Matthew 21:13)
- Ask in Faith “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea: it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:21–22)
- Bring In the Poor“Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors
- Lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed
- For they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:12–14)
- Render to Caesar“Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s
- And unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:19–21)
- Love the Lord“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37–38)
- Love Your Neighbor“And the secondis like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:39–40)
- Await My Return“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:42–44)
- s Take, Eat, and Drink “As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat
- This is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it
- For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:26–28)
- Be Born Again “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh
- And that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:5–7)
- Keep My Commandments “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)
- Watch and Pray “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41)
- Feed My Sheep “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord
- Thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord
- Thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep” (John 21:15–16)
- s Baptize My Disciples “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”(Matthew 28:19)
- Receive God’s Power“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”(Luke 24:49)
- Make Disciples“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations. teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”(Matthew 28:19–20)
Great Commandment – Wikipedia
Jesus cites the first of two commandments in Matthew 22:35-40, Mark 12:28-34, and in response to him in Luke 10:27a, which is referred regarded as the Great Commandment (or Greatest Commandment) in the New Testament. The majority of Christian churches regard these two commandments to be the foundation of a proper Christianlifestyle, and they are accurate. In the Bible, it is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5. “Hear this, O Israel: The Lord is our God, and He alone is our God. You are required to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your strength.” as well as Leviticus 19:18 In the words of the Lord, “You shall not seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of the inhabitants of your land, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
New Testament accounts
. and one of them, a lawyer, put him to the test by asking him a question. “Teacher, which of the Ten Commandments of the Law is the most important?” He told him, “I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “‘You should love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind,’ the Bible states. This is the first and most important commandment of all. It’s similar to the second verse, which says, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ All of the law and all of the prophets are hung on these two commandments.”
Gospel of Mark
TheShemais is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark: “One of the scribes drew near and heard them debating with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he questioned him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” says the scribe. Jesus responded by saying, “It begins, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.’ The second commandment is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.
Gospel of Luke
Just at that moment, a lawyer stepped up to question Jesus. “Teacher, what do I have to do in order to obtain eternal life?” he inquired. He told him, “I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “What exactly is put down in the law? What exactly did you read there?” “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your strength, and with all of your mind; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself,” he said.
And he told him, “You have provided the correct response; follow these instructions, and you will survive.”
Old Testament references
Because I am the Lord, you are not permitted to seek revenge or hold a grudge against any of your people, but you are required to love your neighbor as yourself.
Hear this, O Israel: The Lord is our God, and He alone is our God.5 You are required to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your strength.
Love the Lord thy God
The following is how Matthew Henry summarizes the question of which is the greatest commandment: In the Law, it was a question that was contested among the critics. Some would consider the Law of Circumcision to be the Great Commandment, while others would consider the Law of the Sabbath, while still others would consider the Law of Sacrifices; now they would test what Christ said in response to this question, hoping to inflame the people against him if he did not answer according to the popular opinion; and if he did magnify one commandment, they would consider him to be vilifying the others.
Adam Clarke said in his Commentary on the Bible that the first and greatest commandment is: “This is the greatest commandment.” It is the “original and greatest”:
- In its antiquity
- Being as old as the earth and having been imprinted on our basic essence from the beginning
- In all of its majesty
- As though it were directly and instantly emanating from and referencing God
- Being the commandment of the new covenant and the very spirit of the Divine adoption, it is at the pinnacle of excellence. In its justice
- Since it is the only one who gives God his due, favors him above other things, and ensures that he receives his appropriate place in regard to them
- In its fairness Because of its sufficiency, and because it is capable of making persons holy in this life while also making them joyful in the next, In its fruitfulness
- Since it is the source of all commandments and the means of bringing the law into fulfillment
- In its goodness and effectiveness
- Because it is the only means by which God reigns in the hearts of mankind and by which humans are joined to God
- Leaving nothing to the creature, and making no reference to the Creator
- In its whole
- And in its entirety
- As a result of its essential need, it is referred to as Throughout its existence
- It will always be perpetuated on earth and will never be abandoned in heaven
When it comes to loving the Lord your God, it is defined as “behaving in such a way that God will be beloved by all His creatures.” As a result, Israel, as the priest-people, is obligated, like the Aaronite priest, to sanctify the name of God and to avoid anything that tends to desecrate it (Lev. xxii. 32). He is not only obligated to give his life as a witness or martyr for the preservation of the true faith (see Isa. xliii. 12, ; and Pesik. 102b; Sifra, The Shema Yisrael, which comprises the lines “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thine soul, and with all thine might,” is said twice a day by every Jew (Deut.
There have been differing interpretations of the relationship that exists between the two commandments because of this double reference, although traditionally “love thy God” is referred to as “the first and greatest commandment,” and “love thy neighbor” is referred to as “the second great commandment.” It might simply be a reflection of Hillel’s “seven rules (Middot),” in this instance the first rule, known as al wa-omer (Hebrew: ), which he established.
Love thy neighbor as thyself
If you ask Jesus which is the greatest commandment, he will paraphrase the Torah: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” before also paraphrasing a second passage: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” according to the Christian New Testament.
The majority of Christian churches believe that these two commandments, taken combined, constitute the heart of the Christian faith. The second paragraph is regarded as a variant of the Golden Rule in its application (circa 1300 BCE).
- Christian–Jewish reconciliation
- The relationship between Christianity and Judaism
- The Judeo-Christian tradition
- The Law of Christ
- The New Commandment
Jesus gave us rules that went above and beyond the Ten Commandments, some of which were new and some of which were taken from the Old Testament. What seven commandments did Jesus offer us in the Gospels, and what are they?
These rules that Jesus issued in the gospels were not ten recommendations, but ten urgent mandates that we have no place to explain away. They were similar to the Ten Commandments in that they were not ten suggestions, but compelling demands that we have no room to rationalize away. What if Jesus came down to earth, as He is destined to do again, and came to you and commanded you to do something, would you hesitate to follow His instructions? You wouldn’t try to wriggle your way out of a sticky situation, now would you?
We demonstrate our love for Christ by following His commands, as He stated in John 14:15, and so our obedience to Him demonstrates our love for Him as well.
Because obedience reveals whether we genuinely love Jesus or not, we must demonstrate our love for Him by following these seven commandments and encouraging others to do the same.
However, I aim to expose seven of the most important commandments that Jesus gave us in the gospels in this article.
Love One Another
John 13:34-35 (KJV) “I’d like to offer you a new command: Love one another. You must love one another in the same way that I have loved you. By doing so, everyone will recognize you as my disciples, especially if you love one another.” If we are rescued, then this signifies that we have received “a new command” from Jesus, which is addressed to His disciples. Our love for one another is mandated by God, but what is the extent of this love? In the same way that Jesus loved us, we are expected to love one another.
If we love one another as Christ loves us, this implies that we will not gossip about others, that we will be servants of others, that we will put others’ interests ahead of our own, and that “everyone will know that we are disciples” if we do this.
It is not about religion, but rather about developing a personal relationship with the Son of God.
Pray for your Enemies
5:44-45 (Matthew 5:44-45) “Do kind to your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be adopted as sons of your heavenly Father.” Because he causes his sun to rise on the bad and the good, and showers rain on the just and the unjust,” says the Prophet. For individuals who do not have the Holy Spirit, this mandate is completely out of the question. This would have been completely incomprehensible to the Romans. Really? Do you pray for your adversaries? As a result, this is diametrically contrary to the ways of the world, which is precisely why Jesus teaches us to not only pray for our enemies, but also to love them!
No, it is not the case.
It is he who instructs us to pray for and love them “in order that” or in order that we “may be sons (and daughters) of Father.” A godly love is one in which we pray for our adversaries because Jesus prays for us and died for us while we were still His enemies and wicked sinners.
We should pray for our enemies because Jesus prays for us and died for us while we were still His enemies and wicked sinners (Rom 5:8, 11).
Matthew4:17 As a result, Jesus began preaching, telling people to repent because the kingdom of heaven was at nigh. You might not conceive of this as a new command, however as we can see, it was implemented in ” The following day, Jesus began his sermon by saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” What period of time did Matthew intend to refer to in his gospel? It began when “Jesus began to preach,” or when He began His earthly ministry, and continued until the end of time. According to what I could locate, this is the only command that is intended at individuals who have not yet been rescued.
As a result, the kingdom’s being at hand signifies that it is within reach or within an arm’s length, and the appearance of the King of that kingdom, who is Jesus Christ, signifies that the kingdom’s being at hand has been made so by his appearance.
Believe that Jesus is in the Father
John14:11 If you believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or if you trust me on the basis of my actions, I will grant you eternal life.” At first glance, this does not appear to be a new command from Jesus, but He instructs the disciples, and by extension, instructs us, to “believe” in Him and that He is “in the Father and the Father is in Him.” He also instructs us to “believe” in the Father and that He is “in the Father and the Father is in Him.” The fact that Jesus employs the Old Testament word for God, “I am,” implies that He is compelling us to accept that He is the “I AM” of the Old Testament, even though the majority of people do not understand what He is saying.
The four gospels include a total of seven “I AM” statements from Jesus.
Because He pretended to be God, which He obviously is, the Jews wanted to stone Him for saying such things.
There are numerous other places in which Jesus orders His disciples to believe in Him, thus it is no coincidence that believing is a given instruction in this passage as well (John14:11).
Take up your Cross and Follow Me
Matthew 16:24–25 (KJV) “At that point, Jesus told his followers, “If anybody would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” For whomever seeks to preserve his or her life will lose it, but whoever loses his or her life for the sake of mine or theirs will find it.” Jesus instructs his followers, and He tells us, to follow Him; nevertheless, if someone want to follow after Jesus, they must first deny themselves and then “take up His cross and follow” Him, as the Bible says.
When Jesus declares that if we want to save our lives, we must lose them, and that if we lose our lives for His cause, we shall find them, He is using exaggeration to make his point.
He has given us the instruction to pick up our crosses and follow him.
This is not a suggestion in any way. Choosing to follow Him is a conditional decision; we must accept His cross and deny ourselves in order to do so. This means that we must give up the things that we enjoy, as well as the things of this world, and take up the things that Jesus suffered.
Go and Make Disciples
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB) Go, therefore, and make disciples of all countries, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do all that I have told you.” And behold, I am with you always, throughout the days of your life, to the end of the age.” In this case, the demand is straightforward and forceful, similar to the way a father might tell their children to get out of the center of the roadway.
There isn’t a backup plan. “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and throughout all of Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the world,” Jesus tells the disciples, and He tells us (Acts 1:8).
This is mentioned three times in the gospels (Matthew and Mark), as well as once right before He ascended (Acts 1:8), indicating that it was of great significance to Christ.
Luke21:36 Nonetheless, keep your eyes open at all times, hoping that you will have the strength to escape all of the events that are about to unfold, as well as to stand before the Son of Man. In the context of Luke 21, Jesus instructs us to remain on the lookout since His return might occur at any time (Luke 21:29-35). He directs us to pray as follows:
- We should pray at all times (Luke 21:36)
- We should refrain from using vain repetitions (Matt 6:7-8)
- We should pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers (Luke 10:2)
- We should pray to the Father in secret (Matt 6:6)
- We should pray for God’s will and the coming of the kingdom, for forgiveness of our sins, and for our needs (Luke 11:3-4)
- We should pray for those who despitefully use
“Lord, teach us to preach; teach us to cure; teach us to minister.but teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1) was not the question the disciples asked Jesus when they arrived because they recognized Jesus as a Man of prayer.
Those who are not saved are commanded to repent (Matt 4:17), to preach the gospel to everyone in the entire globe (Matt 28:18-20), and to pick up our cross and follow Jesus (Matt 16:24-25). John 14:11 also instructs us to believe that He is in God and that the Father is in Him (Luke 21:36), to love one another as Christ loves them (John 13:34-35), and to pray for our enemies and those who persecute us (Matthew 6:33-34). (Matt 5:44-45). These are not recommendations, but rather orders from the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ our Savior, who is also our Lord and Savior.
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The 7 Commandments of the Jesus Christ
|Old Covenant(according to the law)||New Covenant(not in the law)||Punishment(not obeying new covenant)|
|You shall not murderExod 20:13 “You shall not murder. Matt 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘ You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’||Don’t even be angry without a causeMatt 5:22-24 “But I say to you that whoever isangry with his brother without a causeshall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.||Danger of judgment, hell fire.|
|You shall not commit adulteryExod 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.Matt 5:27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘ You shall not commit adultery. ’||Don’t even look at a woman to lust for herMatt 5:28-30 “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.||Hell fire|
|Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorceDeut 24:1 “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her acertificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house,Matt 5:31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her acertificate of divorce.’||Do not divorce except for sexual immorality.Matt 5:32 “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.||Causes the woman to commit adultery which is punishable by hell fire if she remarries again.|
|You shall not swear falselyLev 19:12 ‘And you shallnot swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.Num 30:2 “If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement,he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.Matt 5:33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘ You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord. ’||Do not swearMatt 5:34-37 “But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.||Will be guilty of breaking Christ’s commandments.|
|An eye for an eye and a tooth for a toothLev 24:19-20 ‘If a man causes disfigurement of his neighbor, as he has done, so shall it be done to him– ‘fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he has caused disfigurement of a man, so shall it be done to him.Matt 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘ An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’||Do not to resist an evil personMatt 5:39-42 “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.||Will be guilty of breaking Christ’s commandments.|
|Love your neighbor and hate your enemyDeut 25:19 “Therefore it shall be, when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.Deut 23:3,6 “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the LORD forever, …You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days forever.Lev 19:18 ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. Matt 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘ You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. ’||Love your enemiesMatt 5:44-48 “But I say to you,love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.Luke 6:35-36 “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.If the enemies are believers of Christ, love them affectionately but iff they are not part of the body of Christ, then love them with compassion so that for your sake, God will make His sun raise and send rain both on the just and the unjust.Discernaffectionate and compassionate love.||Will be guilty of breaking Christ’s commandments which is, not being perfect before God.|
Jesus Christ was perfect exemplar of the two ‘great commandments’
With all of your heart, soul, and mind, you are to love the Lord thy God, as well as with all of your soul and intellect. The first and most important commandment is this. The second commandment is similar to the first: “Thou shall love your neighbor as thyself.” All of the law and all of the prophets are hung on these two commandments. (See Matthew 22:37-40.) Christ’s highest qualification to give the two great commandments was that He was the epitome of love, and He did so while acting as the perfect model for fulfilling both.
As a child, Jesus claimed that he “must be about my Father’s business,” and later that He “can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father accomplish” (Luke 2:49).
By speech and behavior, he instilled the belief that “the greatest among you should be your servant.” (See Matthew 23:11 for further information.) It was a display of love that each of his good works – including preaching the gospel and curing ill and infirmed people, comforting the lonely, repudiating wickedness, and reviving the dead – was given to “the one,” with the command to “inform no man.” (See Matthew 8:4) These deeds were so numerous and magnificent that “if they were all written down,.
even the globe itself would not be able to accommodate the books that would have to be written.” (See also John 21:25.) But even in the face of such praise, He served and loved in complete purity, instructing his students to “let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.” (Matthew 5:17) (See Matthew 6:3-4.) Charity is a purity of love that was characterized by both the Apostle Paul and the prophet Mormon, and they both advocated its attainment as the highest of all virtues.
Specifically, according to the teachings of Mormon’s son, Moroni (see Mormon’s Definition of Charity), charity is defined as the manifestation of all the traits of love that the Savior manifests toward His Father and all people.
In the words of St.
(Morning 10:21) According to the Book of Mormon, prayer is the key to obtaining this purity of love: “Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, pray unto the Father with all your heart’s energy, that ye may be filled with this love which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son.
When a specific lawyer inquired, “And who is my next-door neighbor?” The story of the good Samaritan was then told by Jesus as a response.
Despite the long-standing hatred that existed between the inhabitants of Samaria and the Jews, the Samaritan “felt compassion on him,” and “went to him, and tied up his wounds,.
He then enlisted the assistance of an innkeeper, paid him for his efforts, and promised to return in order to reimburse any additional costs incurred as a result of his generosity.
(See Luke 10:35-45 for further information.) At the conclusion of the tale, Jesus immediately advised the lawyer to “Go, and do thou likewise.” (See also Luke 10:37.) A person’s love for God and for others is best demonstrated by his or her willingness to do “likewise.” When someone truly loves God, his or her treatment of others is a true representation of that love.
According to the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, those who sit at God’s right side are summoned to the judgment seat and rewarded on the day of judgment: “Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-23).
Then the righteous will respond to him, saying, “Lord, when did we see thee hungry and provided food for thee?” or thirsty, and we provided you with a drink?” When did we notice that you were a stranger and welcomed you in?
When we do anything for someone else, whether for good or bad, we are doing it for God.
We cannot truly love God unless we also truly love our neighbor, and we cannot truly love our neighbor unless we also truly love God.” (Conference Report, April 1967, p. 105.) The gospel is encompassed in the law of love, for God is Love. (1 John 3:8.)
Why Jesus Said ‘If You Love Me Keep My Commandments’
If you truly love me, you will obey my commands.–John 14:15 In the news or on social media, “love” isn’t necessarily the most prominent topic that comes across your screen. Dissension, hatred, and instability serve to bring the state of our planet to the forefront. Despite its timeless beauty, the Bible reflects the same kinds of cultural conflicts that we are now facing today. The Bible has many accounts of battle, discord, and opposition that are worth reading. Thankfully, the Bible does have an overarching notion of “love” as its central topic.
We are told in the Bible that, while love may not always be present, it should always be the ultimate objective.
What Does ‘If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments’ Mean?
In the New Testament, Jesus issues a slew of instructions that are all about love. When Jesus encourages the disciples to “love one another,” he is referring to the book of John. Continuing the story one chapter later in John 14:15, Jesus states, “If you love me, observe my commandments.” (NKJV) Jesus and his companions were eating a farewell lunch together, and his parting words to them were based upon love. These instructions were not taken lightly by Jesus. Jesus instructed the disciples that in order to demonstrate their love for God, they must obey His commands.
Jesus was preparing them for the possibility of his disappearance.
What Commandments Is Jesus Speaking of inJohn 14:15?
There were no particular Ten Commandments delivered to Moses on Mt. Sinai in the book of Deuteronomy that Jesus was referring to when he spoke of “commands.” Matthew 22:34-40 describes Jesus being contacted by Pharisees (religious leaders) who attempted to deceive him by posing as disciples. They were seeking to get Jesus to acknowledge that his teachings were incorrect. As a result, they approached Jesus and inquired as to which commandment, given to them by Moses, was the most significant. “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind,” Jesus said in response.
This is similar to the second principle: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Throughout all of the Ten Commandments, the mandate to love God and to love others is embodied.
How Jesus Demonstrated Love throughout the Scriptures
There were no particular Ten Commandments delivered to Moses on Mt. Sinai in the book of Deuteronomy that Jesus was referring to when he spoke of “commandments.” The Pharisees (religious authorities) approached Jesus in Matthew 22:34-40 with the intent of tricking him. They were seeking to get Jesus to acknowledge that his teachings were incorrect. Because of this, they approached Jesus and asked him what commandment was the most essential among those given to them by Moses. ‘Love the Lord, your God,’ Jesus said, urging people to “love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, and minds.” This is the most critical and most significant command of them all.
“Love your neighbor as you love yourself,” says the second. Throughout all of the Ten Commandments, the mandate to love God and to love others is found. Sparrowstock provided the image.
Seeing Sin and Serving Anyway
Jesus demonstrated his love for his disciples by acknowledging their guilt but yet serving them. When Jesus displayed his love for the disciples in the chapter before he instructed them to fulfill his commandments by loving others, no one could have predicted what he was about to say or do. He cleansed the soles of their feet. They were the dirtiest portions of the body, especially the feet. During that historical period, slaves were not even assigned the chore of washing feet, which was a cultural norm at the time.
- Jesus was well aware that his disciples would flee and hide.
- He cared for them and bathed their feet nonetheless.
- In the same manner that he cared for the filthy sin of the Samaritan woman, he sees our sin and chooses to love us despite our guilt.
- Peter insisted that Jesus refrain from washing his feet.
- If we want to engage and love others despite their wickedness, we must be willing to allow Jesus to clean up the dirtiest, most sinful portions of our life and enable him to do it.
Through Any Trial, Disciples Are Known by Love
When Jesus and his disciples were gathered in the dying hours of their lives, Jesus had a wealth of wisdom to share with them. It looked like they were all about to be thrust into some really tough and awful conditions. In order to prepare people for what was to come, Jesus spoke in parables. They were about to see history’s most heinous act of hatred. Christ the Son of God was about to be humiliated, beaten, and put on the cross, and they couldn’t bear to watch. Those who did not agree with Jesus’ message resented him and despised him.
The phrase “If you love me, you will fulfill my commandments” implied that they had to choose to love the people who would arrest, beat, and kill him in the next few hours, as well as the people who would love him.
Nevertheless, in the absence of Jesus, they would need to be recognized as Jesus’ disciples by the way they loved one another.
Their mission would be to preach the rescuing love of Jesus Christ to the very Pharisees who were responsible for Jesus’ death.
How Is Keeping Jesus’ Commandments an Expression of Love?
The call to love one’s neighbor was unequivocal in Jesus’ teachings. “If you love me, you’ll obey my commandments,” says the author. Or, to put it another way, if you do not love God by obeying his commands, you do not love God. Jesus says in John 14:16 that if we obey God by loving others, “And I will pray for you, and the Father will send you another Counselor to be with you forever.” “He is the Spirit of truth,” says the Bible. In Jesus’ absence, as we reflect God’s love to others around us, we shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, who will lead us through our lives.
The Holy Spirit enables us to love individuals who do not share our political views, even if they do not share our political views.
Then we are carrying out God’s command on our life, which is to reflect His love on those who are the most vulnerable in society.
Not a Chore but a Choice
God’s rules may become a hassle when we follow them out of a sense of duty or responsibility. Some people are more difficult to fall in love with than others. We are one of those persons that might be difficult to love at times. God made it quite plain what our motivation should be for loving others. When God’s Son offered His life as a punishment for the sins of the world, it was the greatest act of love on the part of the Father. I believe Jesus died in the name of all of us, especially for those who are the most difficult to love: criminals, those who oppose our political ideas, and those who hold different morals and values than we do.
A Prayer to Answer Jesus’ Invitation to ‘Keep My Commandments’
God’s rules may become a burden when we follow them out of a sense of duty or responsibility. Individuals vary in their ease of falling in love. Some people find us difficult to love, and we are one of them at times. When it comes to loving others, God made it quite clear what our motivation should be. As a punishment for the sins of the world, God’s Son offered His life as a sacrifice for us. His death was the greatest expression of love. All of us, especially those who are the most difficult to love, such as criminals, those who oppose our political ideas, and people whose morals and values vary from our own, are commemorated by his death on the cross.