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 anyone who has ears to hear hear what the Lord is saying.” (See Matthew 11:15
- Bring Your Loads Upon Me”Come unto me, all ye who work and are burdened, and I will give you relief.” As you take my yoke with you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, you will find rest for your souls. “Because my yoke is easy, and my load is light,” says the Lord. God’s Commandment to Honor Your Parents”For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, whomever 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 note and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees”(Matthew 16:6)
- Deny Yourself”If any one will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me”(Matthew 16:24)
- After all, whomever seeks to preserve his life will lose it
- Nevertheless, whoever seeks to lose his life for my cause 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 disregard one of these little ones
- For I say unto you, that in heaven their angels are continually gazing toward the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10, for example) For further information, see Offenders. Additionally, if your brother should trespass against you, go to him and tell him his wrong between you and him alone
- If he listens to you, you have received your brother’s forgiveness.” But if he refuses to listen to you, take one or two additional witnesses with you so that every statement can be proven by the testimony of two or three witnesses. In any case, inform the church, but if he refuses to hear the church, treat him as a pagan man and a publican in the sight of the Lord. (Matthew 18:15–17
- Mark 10:15–17)
- Keep an eye out for covetousness. Take alert, and be on the lookout for covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the quantity of the things that he possesses, as some believe. ‘Then Peter came to him and said, ‘Lord, how many times shall my brother offend against me and I forgive him?’ (Luke 12:15)
- Forgive Offenders”Then Peter came to him and said, ‘Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?’ Is it possible to go till the seventh time? “I do not say unto thee, Until seven times: but I say unto thee, Until seventy times seven,” Jesus responds. (Matthew 18:21–22
- Mark 10:21–22) And he responded and said unto them, Have ye not read that the one who created them in the beginning fashioned them male and female, and said, For this reason shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? As a result, they are no longer two people, but one flesh. Because of this, whatsoever God has joined together, let no one tear asunder. (Matthew 19:4–6)
- Become a Servant of Christ In the same way that the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to offer his life as a ransom for many, whoever wants be great among you should be your minister
- And whoever will be chief among you should be your servant.” (Matthew 20:26–28
- Mark 10:26–28
- Luke 10:26–28)
- Make your home a house of prayer. “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.,” says the prophet. The Bible says (Matthew 21:13)
- Ask with Confidence It shall be done.” “Verily I say unto you, If ye 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 everything you ask for in prayer, believing that you will receive it, will be granted to you.” (Matthew 21:21–22
- Mark 10:21–22
- The Poor Should Be Invited”Then he said to him who had wished him, “When thou preparest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brothers, nor thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors
- Lest they also bid thee again, and you be made to pay a recompense. If thou makest a feast, invite the poor, those who are afflicted, the lame, 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 image 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 shalt love thy 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 thief 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, because 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, shed for many for the remission of sins.” The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 26:26–28)
- Become a new creation. “Jesus replied, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, unless 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 after 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 love 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 love 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 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.” (Matthew 28:19–20)
7 Commandments Jesus Gave From the Gospels
Jesus began preaching and saying, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” from that point forth. The Bible says (Matthew 4:17). Take My Lead”And he said 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, men revile you, persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you in your own minds, consider yourselves blessed. Enjoy yourself and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, because they persecuted the prophets who came before you.” (See Matthew 5:11–12).
- God’s Law must be observed.
- The Bible states (Matthew 5:17).
- ” ‘But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart,’ says Jesus in Matthew 5:23–25.
- And if thy right hand offends thee, cut it off and cast it away from thee; for it is more profitable for thee that one of thy members perishes than that thy entire body be cast into hell.” The Bible says (Matthew 5:28–30).
- For whatever is more than these is evil.” “Let your communication be, Yea, yes; Nay, no; for whatever is more than these is evil.” The Bible says (Matthew 5:37).
“Ye have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, Resist evil; but whoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” 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 as compensation.
- Do not turn away from anyone who approaches thee, and do not turn away anyone who approaches thee.” (5:38–42 in Matthew 5:38–42).
- Why aren’t even the waiters and waitresses the same?
- Even the bartenders and waiters are not the same, are they?
- Even the bartenders and waiters do not agree.
- The Gospel of Matthew 5:46–48; Secret Disciplines should be practiced regularly.
- 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 openly.
- 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 prayers for him.
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 sees in secret, will reward thee openly.” (6:1–18 in Matthew 6); 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 not corrupted by moth or rust, and thieves are unable to break through or steal: for wherever your treasure is, there will also be your heart.” In Matthew 6:19–21, the Bible says Consider God’s kingdom as your destination.
- It says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness).
- Since you will be judged according to your judgment, and you will be measured according to your metes, you will be measured back to you.
- The Bible says (Matthew 7:1–3).
- ; Inquire, look for, and knock.
Take the Narrow Road Instead It says, “Enter ye in at the narrow gate, for wide is the door and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter through it; for narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leads unto life, and few there are who find it.” “Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the door, and broad is the way, that leads unto destruction, and many there are who enter through it.” Keep an eye out for False Prophets (Matthew 7:13–14); False prophets, who appear to you in sheep’s clothing but are really ravening wolves on the inside, should be avoided.” The fruits of their labors will reveal who they are.
- Men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, is that correct?” (15–16); Pray for Laborers”The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest,” (Matthew 7:15–16).
- Be as Wise as Serpents”Behold, I send you forth as sheep among wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves,” the Bible says.
- “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 15 (Matthew 11:15); 15 I Will Give You RestIf you are weary and burdened with work, come unto me, and I will give you rest.
- “Because my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” the Bible says.
- After all, what good is it for a man to have everything if he ends up losing himself or being cast away?
The apostle Paul warns, “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” The Bible says (Matthew 18:10) Offenders can be found at 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.
Take one or two more witnesses with you if he refuses to listen to you, so that every word can be established in the presence of two or three people.
Take heed, and be on the lookout for covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things that he possesses, as some believe.” Then Peter approached him and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?’ (Luke 12:15); Forgive Offenders”Then Peter approached him and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?’ How many times can you say that?
“I do not say unto thee, Until seven times: but I say unto thee, Until seventy times seven,” Jesus responds to him.
; Respect Marriage”And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he who created them in the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and the two shall become one flesh?” As a result, they are no longer two separate people, but one united body.
; Serve as an intercessory place of worship The Bible says, “It is said, My home shall be called a place of prayer.” The Bible states (Matthew 21:13) that With Faith, Make Your Request “Truly, truly, I say unto you, if you have faith and do not doubt, ye shall not only accomplish this that is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be removed, and be cast into the sea,’ it shall be done.
- ” Everything you ask for in prayer, trusting that you will get it, will come to you.
- ” (Luke 14:12–14; cf.
- He was given a penny by his servants.
- Then they tell him that he’s Caesar’s property.
- ” In Matthew 22:19–21, the Bible says, God’s Love”Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart, and with all of thy soul, and with all of thy mind.” “This is the first and most important commandment,” says God.
- In Matthew 22:39–40, Jesus tells us that he is the Son of the Living God.
- However, keep in mind that if the goodman of the house had known what time the robber would arrive, he would have kept an eye on things and would not have allowed his home to be destroyed.
- Jesus said, “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.
- “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.
- “Do not be surprised because I told thee that thou must be born anew.” (See also John 3:5–7).
- In order to show your affection for me, you must obey my commands.
Observe and Pray for Success The Bible says to “keep watch and pray” so that you don’t fall prey to temptation: “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” The Bible says (Matthew 26:41) Provide Me with Sheep Feeding Instructions “So, after they had finished eating, Jesus addressed Simon Peter, saying, Simon, son of Jona, dost thou love me more than these people?
When he speaks to him for the second time, he asks him, “Do you love me, Simon, son of Jona?” Lord, thou knowst that I adore thee, thus he responds, “Yea, Lord.” “Feed my sheep,” he says to him in response.
Recieve God’s Power”And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but remain in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high,” says Jesus in Luke 24:49.
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. Amen” (Matthew 28:19–20).
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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Commandments, Gospels, Jesus, and Jesus’ words
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
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 the most critical and most significant command. 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. Photograph courtesy of Sparrowstock
How Jesus Demonstrated Love throughout the Scriptures
Jesus spent the majority of his ministry displaying love for people and reflecting the love of his Father in heaven. In John 4, Jesus leads his disciples to a community of outcasts, which is despised by the rest of Jewish society. This is the beginning of their journey. As though they were infested with a sickness, Jews fled the town of Samaria like the plague. Their theological differences served as the catalyst for their animosity. Because of opposing views, the Jewish people chose the longer path around Samaria in order to avoid any confrontation with the locals.
- Jesus chooses to take a seat at the well of Jacob, which is located on the outskirts of town.
- The God Jacob adored is waiting to talk with a Samaritan lady who has been outcast by her own community as well as by Jacob’s.
- A Hebrew Jew and a Samaritan are two different people.
- Six different guys had showed her the wrong type of affection, and she was fed up with it.
- The water she had come to get from the well had done little to improve her filthy way of life.
- The overflowing love of Jesus for the woman at the well was a reflection of the love that God had for her.
- Following God’s call to love one another demonstrates our devotion to God to the point that we have an overflowing love for everyone else as well.
Seeing Sin and Serving Anyway
Jesus demonstrated his love for his disciples by acknowledging their guilt but yet serving them. When Jesus bathed their feet in the chapter before telling them to follow his commands by loving others, he exhibited his love for them in a way that no one else could have done. He cleaned their feet because he loved them. 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 knew his disciples would flee and hide if he did not do this.
- He loved them and bathed their feet anyway.
- 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 asked that Jesus not wash 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. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images/Prostock-Studio
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.
The death of Jesus Christ acts as a bridge of love that spans every difference and conflict that exists between all of us.
A Prayer to Answer Jesus’ Invitation to ‘Keep My Commandments’
Dear God, please guide me in loving people in the same manner as You love them. Please assist me in overcoming racial, political, and religious boundaries in order to demonstrate Your love. I adore You, and I want to display my affection for You by following your instructions to love others. Thank you for demonstrating your love for me by sending your Son to die on the cross in my place for my transgressions. May your affection for me spill over into the lives of people around me. Amen. We all require assistance in loving others in the manner in which God has called us to love.
- Jesus’ death on the cross washes us from the inside out, and it is the greatest display of his love on the earth.
- That’s what love does, after all.
- Photograph courtesy of Getty Images/happyphoton Leah Lively is a woman and mother of four who resides in central Virginia with her family.
- On her blog, leahlivelyblog.com, she shares her thoughts on faith and has just published her second Bible study, 30 Days in Acts – A Journey: Igniting the Flame of the Early Church, which you can find here.
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 completely love God until we also sincerely love our fellow, and we cannot truly love our neighbor unless we also truly love God.” In the April 1967 Conference Report, p.
105, it is stated that Due to the fact that God is Love, the gospel is wrapped inside the law of love. The Bible says in 1 John 3:8 that
The 7 Commandments of the Jesus Christ
In contrast to the old covenant which contains explicitly mentioned laws, the new covenant just mentions love and to love Him is to keep His commandments. What are His commandments we should follow so that we can love Him according to the new covenant?Matt 5:17-20“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroybut to fulfill.For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away,one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
“For I say to you, thatunless your righteousness exceedsthe righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.Christ came to fulfill the law according to the old covenant and He fulfilled it.
’ “This is the first and great commandment.
’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”Below is actually the second greatest law expanded, explicitly mentioning what Christ really wants us to do.
And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council.
First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
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.
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
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.
Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
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.
Just like the 10 commandments of the law, there are 7 commandments from Jesus Christ:Apart from these 7 commandments comparing from the law, He also taught us various mysteries through His parables which we must follow.
However, these commandments are actually from the law, and Christ explains how it must be followed according to the new covenant, that is written in the heart.Beware! If you don’t follow the 7 commandments given by Jesus Christ, then you don’t love Him, and don’t call your self a Christian.