What Did Jesus Tell Us To Do

7 Commandments Jesus Gave From the Gospels

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?

Jesus Commandments

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).

Repent

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

John14:11 If you believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or if you believe me on the basis of my actions, I will grant you eternal life. Once again, at first look, this does not appear to be a fresh instruction 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 states 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 Jesus is the “I AM” of the Old Testament, even though the majority of people do not understand what He is saying.

Throughout the four gospels, Jesus says “I AM,” seven times.

Because He pretended to be God, which He obviously is, the Jews wanted to stone Him for his statements.

A number of cults do not accept this instruction, which leads them to reject the historical Jesus Christ. Considering that Jesus orders His disciples to believe in Him in a number of other passages, it is no coincidence that believing is a given demand here (John14:11).

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.

Pray Always

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.

Conclusion

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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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.

The following is a compilation of 49 of Jesus’ instructions, organized alphabetically. 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 men to be fasting, but rather to thy Father who sees in secret
  • And thy Father, who seeth in secret, will reward thee openly.” (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 Swine”Do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn around and rip you to shreds.” Matthew 7:6 (Matthew 7:6)
  • Ask, Seek, Knock “Ask, and it shall be given you
  • Seek, and ye shall find
  • Knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth
  • And he that seeketh findeth
  • And to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8)
  • s Do Unto Others “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12)
  • Choose the Narrow Way “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13–14)
  • s Beware of False Prophets “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:15–16)
  • s Pray for Laborers“The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few
  • Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37–38)
  • Be Wise as Serpents“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16)
  • Fear Not“Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28)
  • Hear God’s Voice“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15)
  • Take My Yoke“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me
  • For I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30)
  • s Honor Your Parents“For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Matthew 15:4)
  • Beware of Leaven“Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees”(Matthew 16:6)
  • s Deny Yourself“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:23–25)
  • Despise Not Little Ones “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones
  • For I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10)
  • Go to Offenders “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 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 home shall be called the house of prayer. ” (Matthew 21:13)
  • Ask with Confidence It shall be done.” “Verily I say vnto you, If you have faith and do not doubt, ye shall not only do this which has been done to the fig tree, but also say to this mountain, Be thou removed and cast into the sea: it shall be done.” And anything you ask for in prayer, trusting that you will get it, will be granted to you.” (Matthew 21:21–22
  • Mark 10:21–22
  • The Poor Should Be Invited”Then he answered to him who had wished him, “When thou preparest a meal or a supper, invite not thy friends, nor thy brothers, nor thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors
  • Lest they also bid thee again, and you be compelled to pay a payment. If thou makest a feast, invite the poor, those who are afflicted, the crippled, and the blind, and you will be blessed, for they will not be able to compensate thee, for thou shalt be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” In the Gospel of Luke 14:12–14, Jesus says, “Show me the money for the tribute,” Caesar demands. And they brought him a penny as a token of their gratitude. And he inquires of them, “Who is the owner of this picture and superscription?” Then they tell him that he’s Caesar’s. Afterwards, he tells them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar’s property, and to God the things that belong to God.” (20:19–21
  • Matthew 22:19–21)
  • God’s Love”Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart, with all of thy soul, and with all of thy mind.” “This is the first and most important commandment,” says Jesus. (Matthew 22:37–38
  • Mark 12:37–38
  • Luke 12:37–38
  • “Thou shall love your neighbor as thyself,” says the second commandment, which is similar to the first. “All of the law and the prophets are hung on these two commandments. ” (Matthew 22:39–40
  • Luke 22:39–40)
  • Wait for My Return”Be on the lookout, for you do not know what time your Lord will arrive. However, keep in mind that if the goodman of the house had known what time the burglar would arrive, he would have kept an eye on things and would not have allowed his home to be broken into. As a result, be prepared, for the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him to.” (Matthew 24:42–44)
  • Take, Eat, and Drink (Matthew 24:42–44)
  • “While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed it, and broke it, then handed it to the disciples, saying, Take, eat
  • This is my body.” After giving thanks, he handed the cup to them, telling them, “Drink ye all of it
  • For this is my blood of the new testament, spilt for many for the forgiveness of sins.” The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 26:26–28)
  • Become a new creation. “Jesus replied, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he will not be able to enter the kingdom of God.” Things born of the flesh are considered to be flesh, while things born of the Spirit are considered to be spirit. “Do not be surprised that I said to thee, ‘Ye must be born again.'” (See also John 3:5–7) Keep My Commandments in mind. “If ye love me, keep my commandments,” says the Lord. (See also John 14:15). Keep an eye on things and pray. “Be on the lookout and pray that you will not fall prey to temptation: for the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41
  • Mark 10:45). I Need You to Feed My Sheep “So when they had finished eating, Jesus addressed Simon Peter, saying, Simon, son of Jona, dost thou love me more than these?” He responds, “Yea, Lord
  • Thou knowst that I adore thee,” he says. He tells him, “Feed my lambs,” and he does. In response, he says to him for the second time, “Doest thou love me, Simon, son of Jona?” He responds, “Yea, Lord
  • Thou knowst that I adore thee,” he says. “Feed my sheep,” he says to him, and he obeys. (John 21:15–16)
  • Baptize My Disciples (John 21:15–16). As Jesus instructed his followers, “Go ye then and teach all countries, baptizing them in the name of the Father,” the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)
  • “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but remain in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high,” says Jesus in Luke 24:49. Recruit Disciples”Go ye then, and teach all nations. instructing them to obey all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, behold, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:19–20)
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What does Jesus command his followers to do?

In the final hours before Jesus left our planet, he instructed his apostles to train new followers to follow his instructions (Matthew 28:20). The instructions of Jesus are obvious, basic, and extremely practical, and they may readily be put together under the two main demands of love for God and love for one’s neighbor. There’s some more good news; there aren’t many of them, and they’re largely favorable in nature. Here are the details: God is to be adored.

  • Loving God with all of your heart, your soul, all of your thoughts, and all of your power is essential. (Matthew 22:34-38
  • Mark 12:28-30
  • Luke 10:25-27
  • Luke 10:25-27) You should carry out your responsibilities out of a desire to serve God rather than to impress others. (6:1-18
  • Matthew 6:1-18)
  • Be humble in your endeavors. The Bible (Matthew 18:4, Matthew 23:12, Luke 14:11, Luke 18:14) teaches that a person’s sin is revealed through his or her actions. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Don’t be concerned about the opinions of others. (See also John 21:20-22)
  • Pray — and keep praying – for guidance. It is not necessary to be concerned (Matthew 6:5-14
  • Luke 11:1-13
  • Luke 18:1-8). God knows exactly what you require. The following passages are from Matthew 6:25-34
  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Luke 12:22-32
  • Trust in God rather than in material riches. (Matthew 6:19-21
  • Matthew 6:24
  • Luke 12:33-34
  • Matthew 6:19-21

Others should be loved.

  • It is important to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. ‘Love one another as Jesus loved his disciples’ (Matthew 22:39
  • Mark 12:28-34
  • Luke 10:25-37)
  • Love one another as Jesus loved his disciples. Jesus said to love one another in John 13:34 and John 15:12, and it is through your love for one another that the rest of the world will know that you are Jesus’ disciples. (See also John 13:35)
  • Be kind to your adversaries. The Golden Rule states that you should treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself (Matthew 5:44
  • Luke 6:27). (Matthew 7:12
  • Luke 6:31
  • John 7:12)
  • Don’t be arrogant. The following passages are from Matthew 23:11-12
  • Luke 14:11
  • Luke 18:14. For further information, see Matthew 18:1-5, Mark 9:33-37, Luke 9:46-48, and Matthew 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45.
  • Offer prayers for those who are persecuting you. Follow the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 5:44, and do good to those who despise you. Bless those who curse you, according to Luke 6:27. (Luke 6:28) Let us serve one another. Don’t pass judgment on others (Matthew 20:25-28
  • Mark 10:43-45). (Matthew 7:1-2
  • Luke 6:37) Don’t pass judgment on other people. (Luke 6:37) Go above and beyond what is expected of you by others. Allow people to forgive you (Matthew 5:39:42). Matthew 6:14-15, Luke 6:37, and Luke 17:3-4 are examples of scriptures that encourage us to be compassionate. It is said in Luke 6:36 that if someone has done anything that has disturbed or offended you, you should go and talk to them about it. (Matthew 18:16) If they won’t listen to you, take someone else with you and try another time. Luke 17:3 (also see Luke 17:4)
  • If you are aware that you have done anything to anger or offend someone, go and talk to them about it and try to resolve the situation. (Matthew 5:23-24
  • Mark 10:23-24
  • Luke 10:23-24)
  • If you say yes, then let your answer be yes. If you say no, then let your answer be no. (Matthew 5:34-37
  • Mark 10:34-37)
  • Give to everybody who comes to you begging for money. (Luke 6:30 p.m.) Sell your stuff and donate the proceeds to the destitute. (See also Luke 12:33) (It helps if you read this one in the context of the other ones.)
  • Instruct new followers to follow the teachings of Jesus as he gave it to his apostles. (Matthew 28:20
  • Mark 10:45).

One of the things I appreciate about these commandments is that they are virtually all positive in nature. They do not begin with the words “Thou shall not.” — rather, Jesus instructs us on what he desires us to do, rather than what we must refrain from doing. That’s fantastic, in my opinion. Even the extremely few directives that begin with the words “Don’t.” appear to be good in reality; for example, “Don’t worry” and “Don’t condemn others.” Jesus is the Messiah.

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Reader Interactions

Ron was planning to travel to a foreign country for a period of time before the invention of email in order to conclude a new business agreement and check on investments. For the duration of that period, he intended to place the company he had developed in the hands of loyal personnel. Before leaving, Ron pledged to write on a regular basis, providing instructions on how to operate the company until he returned. He departed, confident in his team’s willingness to support him. Ron followed through on his commitment by sending regular letters with detailed directions.

  1. He convened a meeting and inquired as to what had transpired.
  2. “Oh, absolutely!
  3. We have received and thoroughly reviewed all of your correspondence.
  4. “They were all great letters, and we thoroughly loved reading them all!” In Mark 1:14-20, the Lord Jesus makes it clear what He expects us to accomplish.
  5. So, will you follow in the footsteps of Ron’s staff, or will you follow in the footsteps of God’s Word?

Observation

As you study the Bible, ask the Lord to reveal you what He wants you to do, and ask Him to give you the strength and courage to carry out His instructions.

Read Focus Verses

Read Mark 1:14-20, paying close attention to the things that Jesus says in these verses, in particular.

Context

Read the verses leading up to today’s reading – Mark 1:13 – in order to have a better understanding of what is being said.

Previous

So, what has Mark documented that has already occurred prior to the events described in today’s passage?

When?

What happened right before today’s event, according to verse 14 of the Bible?

Where?

What happened to Jesus after John was arrested and imprisoned?

What?

After John was imprisoned, where did Jesus go to hide?

Message

According to verse 15, what was Jesus’ message to the people?

The Sea of Galilee

On the day in question, where was Jesus walking when the events in verses 16-20 took place?

Who?

According to verse 16, Jesus was strolling along the shore of the Sea of Galilee when He saw someone.

Occupation

What exactly did Simon and Andrew do?

Jesus Said…

What was it that Jesus said to them?

Response

What was Simon and Andrew’s response to Jesus’ call to action?

Who Else?

Who else did Jesus see a few verses later, in verse 19, besides the disciples?

What Happened?

What exactly happened in verses 19 and 20?

Keywords – Jesus Christ

Making a note of the terms that relate to Jesus will assist you in seeing Him as the central character of these texts. Jesus Christ, the Son of God

Jesus Christ

Make a note of the words in Mark 1:14-20 that mention or relate to Jesus.

Keywords – Commands

Throughout verses 15 and 17, Jesus issues three commandments. Making a note of them will assist you in recalling them. Commands

3 Commands

In verse 15, look for the three action phrases that Jesus use to instruct us on what we should do. There are two in verse 15 and one in verse 17. The first step is to confess your sins.

Interpretation

The circumstances described in today’s reading are tied to the imprisonment of John the Baptist at that time. In the study plan for Mark 1:2-11 titled “John the Baptist: Pointing to Jesus,” you may discover more about John the Baptist. Luke 3:19-20 informs us who imprisoned John and why he was imprisoned.

Herod

Who was it who imprisoned John the Baptist? Why?

Galilee

It is possible to see Galilee and the Sea of Galilee on this map, which corresponds to the location where the stories in today’s reading took place. A number of the cities that Jesus visited throughout his ministry may be seen on this map, which is taken from the Gospels. Visit the website by clicking here.

Israel

This map depicts the location of Galilee in relation to Judea, which was the other place where Jesus visited, taught, and performed miracles, as well. As you can see, Galilee (the region where Jesus was born) is located north of Judea (where Jerusalem is). Visit the website by clicking here.

Fulfilling Prophesy

According to Matthew 4:15-22, Jesus’ presence in Galilee was a fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy, which we can read about here. The rest of the passage relates the same tale as the one we read today in class.

Previously

John 1:35-42 fills in the blanks, demonstrating that Andrew and Simon had previously encountered Jesus.

More Detail

As we read in Luke 5:1-11, Jesus summons Simon and Andrew to be His disciples, we get a great deal more information about this second meeting.

The Story

As though you were narrating a story to a kid, relate the story of Simon, Andrew, James, and John with Jesus in a brief manner.

Repent

To repent is the first order Jesus offers us in today’s reading from the Bible. Take a closer look at this critical phrase.

Strong’s G3340

From (3326) and (3327) comes the Greek word for “metanoeo-Verb” (3539) Definition:

  1. To alter one’s mind, i.e. to repent
  2. To change one’s mind for the better, wholeheartedly to amend with abhorrence for one’s past sins
  3. To change one’s mind for the better, heartily to amend with abhorrence for one’s past misdeeds

Shows

True repentance, as seen in Acts 26:19-20, results in a person’s life being transformed.

So That…

In Acts 3:19-20, we witness the fruit of real repentance in its fullness.

Repentance

What exactly is biblical repentance, and why is it so crucial to the Christian faith?

Believe

The second commandment that Jesus tells us is to have faith. Pay special attention to the term He used.

Strong’s G4100

Pisteuo-Verb (Greek,pisteuo-Verb)Origin: (4102)Definition:

  1. To believe something to be true, to be persuaded of something, to credit something, to have faith in something
  1. In the New Testament, it is used to describe the conviction and confidence to which a man is compelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and rule of the soul
  2. To place one’s faith in Jesus or God as being capable of assisting one in acquiring or achieving something: saving one’s faith (Italian: intellectual faith) 1bc) the bare recognition of a truth or event

In What

What is it that Jesus instructs us to believe?

Gospel Summary

“The Gospel of Jesus Christ,” the title of the study plan for Mark 1:1, contains further information on the gospel. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is a concise summary of the gospel in which we must believe.

God’s Gift

More information may be found in Romans 6:23.

Grace

The Scriptures in Ephesians 2:8-10 explain how this gift operates.

Whoever

While John 3:16 speaks of believing, it differs from today’s chapter in that it demonstrates that believing the gospel is equivalent to believing in a person. Take note of who it is.

The Gospel

What is the Gospel, exactly?

Believing

What happens as a result of accepting the gospel message?

Come

When Jesus invited them to come and follow Him, He used only two words. Take a look at the first one.

Strong’s G1205

Greek,deute-Adverb It derives from (1204), and it is the imperative form of the verb eimi (to go).Definition:

  1. Come here, come here, come
  2. Interjection, come!, come now
  3. Come here, come here, come

Follow After

Consider the use of that phrase in conjunction with this one.

Strong’s G3694

Greek,opiso-Adverb From the same as (3693) but with the addition of an enclitic of direction Definition:

Come After Me

In Mark 8:34-37, Jesus makes a similar exhortation.

Disciples

Keeping up with Jesus’ teachings is an essential component of becoming a Christian, as seen in Luke 14:27.

As He Walked

This is explained in detail in 1 John 2:6.

Example

In John 13:15-17, Jesus expresses his thoughts on the subject.

Following

What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus, and why is it vital to understand this?

I Will

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus states in verse 17 that if people follow Him, He would accomplish something? What do you think Jesus would do if they decided to follow Him?

Fishers of Men

Children may learn more about what the disciples could have understood when Jesus stated, “fishers of men” in this educational movie.

First

It’s important to note that Jesus isn’t urging the disciples to accomplish something that He hasn’t already done. What evidence do we have that this is the case from today’s passage?

Last Chapter

This appeal to share the gospel with others, which appears in the first chapter of Mark, is repeated in the concluding chapter of the same book of the Bible. It’s one of the very last things Jesus spoke to us while He was still on the planet, and it’s worth remembering. Take a look at Mark 16:15 to see what He says about it.

Go

Matthew 28:18-20 provides us with further information about what Jesus said that day.

The Last Thing

In Acts 1:7-11, we discover that the very last thing Jesus did before ascending to heaven was to urge His followers to preach the gospel with the entire world.

Command

Consider the command: What are Christians to do in response to it? Who is it that they are trying to reach? What is the plan for them? Why are they acting in this manner?

How

According to these scriptures, who assists Christians in spreading the gospel?

Philip

In the book of Acts, we see the beginning of the fulfillment of the command.

In Acts 8:4-8, you can read about Philip’s example.

Ethiopian Man

Pick up the tale again in Acts 8:26-40 and discover how he shared the gospel with entire cities as well as individual individuals about the Lord Jesus.

Come

In the last chapter of the Bible, in Revelation 22:17, we can see that the tale of informing the world about redemption through Jesus Christ did not come to an end with the book of Acts; rather, it is a story that Christians are still playing out today.

God’s Way

God’s purpose for people to learn about Jesus is revealed in Romans 10:13-17, which demonstrates that Christians informing others about Jesus is the method God intended for them to hear about Jesus.

Always Ready

1 Peter 3:14-16 instructs Christians to be prepared to share their faith in Christ at all times – including while being persecuted for their beliefs in the Lord Jesus.

Important

Why is it so vital for Christians to share their faith with others?

With…

In accordance with 1 Peter 3:14-16, how should Christians go about sharing the gospel with others?

Light

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says that Christians should have a clear witness that is more than simply their words and actions.

Specifically

Philippians 2:14-16 also establishes a link between verbal and lived witness.

Living the Gospel

According to these verses, how should Christians spend their lives so that their lives be a part of their unmistakable testimony?

Lifestyle

What difference does it make how a Christian lives as long as they are sharing the gospel with others?

Once Again

In light of everything you’ve learned from the rest of God’s Word, re-read today’s section, Mark 1:14-20, one more time in your Bible.

In Your Words

What does Jesus tell you He wants you to accomplish in these verses, in your own words, and why?

In Order

Just think about it for a moment: Why did Jesus give us these instructions in the order He did – repent (turn away from your sin), believe (convert to Jesus Christ), follow (be with and like Him), and fish (inform others about Him)? Why did Jesus give us these instructions in the manner He did?

Application

Have you moved aside from your sin – even if it is one you enjoy – in order to follow Jesus? Do you have sin in your life, even if you’ve done it in the past, and do you need to turn away from it right now?

Believe

Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ as the only One who has the power to redeem you and provide you eternal life? Consider whether you think that He died for your sins and rose again so that you might be forgiven and live with God for all eternity. Why?

Follow

Is all you own and control surrendered to the Lord Jesus so that you might follow Him if you’ve repented of your sin and placed your faith in Him? What is it that you are prepared to give up in order to achieve what He wants you to do? If there’s something He wants you to give up today, what is it?

Fish

Are you spreading the gospel of Jesus to others? What would you make of a fisherman who has never fished before? This week, what can you do to share Jesus with someone else? Will you make a firm commitment to accomplish it?

Wrapup

We hope that this study has helped you better understand the four things Jesus wants you to do – repent, believe, follow, and fish – and that it has pushed you to put them into action today.

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Doing the Works of Jesus and Greater Works

Because I am going to the Father, I promise you that whomever believes in me will also do the works that I perform; and greater works than these will he do because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will accomplish so that the Father’s glory may be revealed through the Son’s sacrifice. Anything you want me to do in my name, I will gladly oblige. As puzzling as these statements of Jesus may appear on one level, they are incredibly uplifting and encouraging when taken in their proper context.

When David Livingston texted me to tell me that we had won the auction for the acreage on 35W in Lakeville last Friday, I was over myself with joy!

As I was thinking about Jason Meyer preaching for the next three weeks on our way to a congregational vote on May 20th, God’s perfect plan for us as a church came to mind.

Words for Your Life, and Ours Together

Moreover, Jesus’ statements in John 14:12–14 have a direct bearing on your life as well as on our existence together in these exciting days to come. The belief is that all of us who believe in Jesus will continue his work and, in some amazing way, achieve something even greater than the works of Jesus, and that as a means to that purpose, we shall have access to Jesus today through prayer, allowing us to ask for and receive everything we require. “All Christians, pure and simple, will carry out the deeds that Jesus carries out.” Consider these three sections of the text one at a time, starting with the first.

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(2) In some beautiful manner, we shall all be able to surpass the deeds of Jesus in terms of significance.

1. Carrying on the Work of Jesus

Moreover, Jesus’ statements in John 14:12–14 have a direct bearing on your life as well as on our lives together in these exciting times. The belief is that all of us who believe in Jesus will continue his work and, in some amazing way, achieve something even greater than the works of Jesus, and that as a means to that purpose, we will have access to Jesus today via prayer, allowing us to ask for and receive everything we require in life. The deeds of Jesus are to be done by all Christians, pure and simple.

We shall all contribute to something larger than Jesus’ deeds in some manner, which will be revealed in time. In order to do this, we shall have access to Jesus through prayer today, allowing us to ask for and receive everything we require.

Just Normal Christianity

It is a promise made to everyone who believe. This is very incredible. As a result, if you are a Christian, you are not barred from participating. Not only should you not believe that this is only for pastors, but you should also not believe that this is only for highly spiritual mature Christians, or professional Christians, or missionaries, or elders, or evangelists, or highly gifted Christians. Instead, you should believe that this is for all Christians. No. “Whoever trusts in me,” according to the scripture.

The phrase “Whoever believes in me” has been used before: “Whoever believes in me.”

  • “Anyone who trusts in me will never be thirsty.” “Whoever trusts in me. ‘out of his heart will flow rivers of living water,'” says Jesus in John 6:35. “Whoever believes in me will live, even if he dies.” (John 7:38) “Whoever believes in me will live, even if he dies.” “Whoever believes in me will not remain in darkness” (John 12:46)
  • “Whoever believes in me will not remain in darkness” (John 11:25)

To put it another way, this is standard Christian practice. The Christian life is characterized by the following characteristics: Believing in Jesus is what binds you to him and makes you eligible for eternal life with him. Accordingly, whenever anything like “Whoever believes in Jesus will do this or that,” it is referring to everyday Christian living. The first remark is that the promise in verse 12 is not limited to the apostles alone, but is extended to everyone who believes.

All Believers Will Do His Work

The second point to note is that Jesus guarantees that all Christians will carry out his will. It is not yet a promise that we will perform more deeds; rather, it is a promise that we shall perform Jesus’ deeds. “Honestly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the things that I do.” Verse 12a: “Truly, truly, I tell you, whomever believes in me will also do the acts that I do.” Now, when we think about Jesus’ most astonishing miracles, we instantly create issues for ourselves and others.

  • Jesus had performed numerous miracles, including turning water into wine (John 2:1–11), reading the thoughts of a Samaritan woman (John 4:18), healing the official’s son (John 4:46–54), healing the man crippled for 38 years (John 5:1–9), feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish (John 5:1–14), walking on water (John 6:19), healing a man born blind (John 9:1–7), and healing a man born

As well as this, he had resurrected Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the tomb for four days (John 11:43–44). Is it possible to understand what Jesus was getting at when he said: “Truly I say to you, whomever believes in me will likewise perform the acts that I do”? Was Jesus implying that every Christian would engage in all of these behaviors? Or that every Christian would participate in one or two of these activities? And if you don’t, are you saying that you don’t believe? Considering the fact that miracles are described in the New Testament texts as a talent that some Christians have and some do not, this seems unlikely to be the case.

to another faith is given by the same Spirit, to another healing gifts are given by the same Spirit, and to another the performing of miracles is given by the same Spirit.

Do all people have healing abilities?

(7–10, 29, 30) 1 Corinthians 12:7–10, 29–30 After all, if Jesus isn’t implying that all believers would do miracles similar to his, what does he mean when he says, “Whoever believes in me will likewise perform the deeds that I perform”?

Examine the links here in further detail before moving on to a more distant counterpart.

Works to Believe

First and foremost, there is a relationship between verses 11 and 12. “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on the basis of the works themselves,” Jesus says in verse eleven. The words “belief” and “works” appear together in verse 11 in the same way that they appear together in verse 12 in the Bible. The purpose of Jesus’ acts is to encourage others to believe. Right? “Believe in the works as a result of their existence.” In the event that my verbal testimony has left any uncertainties in your mind about who I am, have a look at my artwork.

  • That’s exactly what verse 11 states.
  • Now connect verses 11 and 12 together, and make the function of the works the same in both verses to make a complete sentence.
  • John 15:1–7 describes how I operate in you when you believe in me, and your efforts, like mine, will bring people to faith.
  • This is how they relate to one another: trust in me because of my works — let my works lead you to faith (verse 11),since whomever believes in me (verse 12a) will likewise perform works that lead other people to believe in me (verse 12b), and so on.

Works That Point to Jesus

So whatever the exact actions are that Jesus has in mind, what distinguishes them in this context is that they serve as points to Jesus, assisting others in coming to faith in him. They, together with Jesus’ words, serve as a witness to the world, guiding people to faith. That is what his works accomplish, and he is implying, at the very least, that this is what all believers’ works accomplish. “Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,” Jesus says, referring to the deeds that direct others to trust in him.

Your deeds and your life are a demonstration of Jesus’ dependability and reliability.

The precise term “the deeds that I perform” in verse 12a can be found in only one other place in the Gospel of John, particularly in John 10:25, when Jesus says, “I told you, and you do not believe.'” The deeds that I perform in my Father’s name bear evidence to my existence.” As a result, the function of the “works” in John 10:25 is identical to the purpose of the “works” in John 14:11–12.

In any case, we can say with confidence that Jesus is referring to this in John 14:12a, when he says that all believers will be distinguished by the following: they will be so united to Jesus that they will carry on His work through his power and do the kinds of things that will “bear witness” to Jesus.

“I exalted you on earth, having completed the job that you set me to perform,” Jesus said in his prayer recorded in John 17.

In John 13:35, Jesus said, “By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” If you have love for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples.

Jesus also added, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good deeds and give credit to your Father who is in heaven,” in Matthew 5:16.

To sum it up: whatever number of Christians God may bless with miracles and healing, I believe that every single one of them (and that is what the text is about, “whoever believes in me”) will carry out the works of Jesus in the same way that every single work he performed testified to his truth and deity.

Christ’s fragrance fills the air around us.

We were no longer alive.

(Ephesians 2:10). A life filled with words and acts that encourage others to believe in Jesus. Our text begins with verse 12a, “Whoever believes in me will carry out the works that I perform.” The rest of the verses follow.

2. Doing Greater Works Than Jesus

The second section of this scripture (John 14:12b) states that we shall all do something better than Jesus’ deeds in some miraculous way. According to what I have spoken to you truthfully and sincerely, whomever believes in me will also do the works that I perform, and much greater works than these will he accomplish because I am going to the Father.” Everyone who professes faith in Christ is affected, not only the apostles or the pastors or elders, nor are it simply the charismatics or the evangelists.

  1. This distinguishes a Christian from an apostle, rather than the other way around.
  2. In my knowledge, there has never been a Christian who has ever lived — inside or outside the New Testament — who has ever performed all three of those miracles, much alone something even more remarkable.
  3. And, once again, keep in mind that the New Testament warns us not to expect it of all believers.
  4. Do all people have healing abilities?

Because Jesus said “Greater works than these will he do because I go to the Father,” it is likely that he did not mean that every Christian was expected to perform miracles on a grander scale than Jesus — at least not in the same way that Jesus did — but rather that every Christian was expected to perform miracles on a smaller scale than Jesus.

Two Clues for Clarity

So, what exactly is he talking about? There are numerous suggestions, and I make no claim to having the final or conclusive word in this matter. However, here’s what I’ve observed. There are two clues that point me in the right direction. The first is the phrase “because I am going to the Father,” which appears at the end of verse 12. As Jesus said, “And I will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). The other piece of evidence comes from the passage we studied on Easter (John 20:21–23).

  1. Along the way, he goes to the cross and lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:15; 1:29), rises from the dead, and ascends to the right hand of the Father.
  2. John 20:21–23 teaches that his disciples are to carry on the work of Jesus by receiving the Holy Spirit and, in the power given to them by the Holy Spirit, imparting forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus — on the basis of Jesus’s death and resurrection.
  3. My suggestion is this: what’s new and greater is that no one has ever been forgiven by faith in the alreadycrucified, alreadyrisen, alreadyreigning, and alreadyindwelling Christ before in the history of the world.
  4. BUT NOW — now that Jesus has been raised from the dead, exalted, and sent in the person of the Holy Spirit — the great purchase of forgiveness through substitution has been completed once and for all.

When you receive the Holy Spirit, you will receive the Holy Spirit of the crucified and risen Christ. You will preach the message of a paid ransom, a complete payment, and finished propitiation rather than the message of a promised ransom,” says the Lord.

Your Greater Works

What are the “larger works” that you intend to do – as a group? You will be filled with the Holy Spirit, who will come to you in the person of the crucified and rising Christ. That had never been done before in the history of the world, including by Jesus himself, until the resurrection of Jesus. The force of that completely new experience — the indwelling of the crucified and rising Christ — will direct people’s attention to the glorification of the risen Son of God, and you will serve as an instrument for their forgiveness on the basis of Christ’s completed work (John 20:23).

Due to the fact that it is what he came to achieve via his death and resurrection, this will be greater than any of Jesus’ earthly miracles.

And I won’t complain about the shortness because this fact is repeated in John 15:7, 16, and John 16:23–24, among other passages.

The second half stated that we shall all do something bigger than Jesus’ deeds on the cross.

3. Everything We Need, We Can Ask for and Receive

Whatever you ask in my name, I will accomplish so that the Father’s glory may be revealed through the Son’s sacrifice. Anything you want me to do in my name, I will gladly oblige. (See also John 14:13–14.) In order to carry out the deeds of Jesus — and even more significant ones — you will be equipped with all you need. Please ask me for everything you require as you strive to carry out my mission in the world, as you seek to let your light shine brightly, to live in love, and to forgive sins in the name of Jesus the crucified and resurrected Christ, and I will provide it to you without hesitation.

The Bible says in John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.” There are no conditions in this verse.

And since we know that he hears us in everything we ask, we may be certain that we will get the requests that we have made of him.” According to Mark 11:24, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” There are no conditions in this verse.

As a result, does Jesus indicate that we may neglect all of the other prerequisites, such as abiding in him, requesting according to his will, and believing his word?

That’s exactly what I believe Jesus would say.

I offer you the authority of Jesus Christ, who has been crucified and risen from the dead.

“It is in my name!” That is, for my own personal gain rather than yours.

Furthermore, in accordance with my sovereign wisdom.

Make sure to run every request through that filter – whether it’s for my fame, my value, my purchase, or my advice. And each and every prayer will be heard and answered. You will have everything you need to complete the works that I am currently engaged in, as well as far bigger works.

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