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Monday, July 23, 2012

Christ's commands -- what are they?

What are Christ’s commandments?

There are a lot of them, and I'm not going to list them all, but this post is an attempt to present some of the most important ones.

Many of Christ's commandments to us are found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), which includes commands to let our light shine; keep our motives pure – don’t even want to commit adultery or murder; be reconciled to others, and forgive them, especially before you try to worship; turn the other cheek – that is, don't retaliate when others do evil to you; don't pledge that you will do something, just do it; love even your enemies; don’t draw attention to your good deeds; don’t be anxious about worldly possessions; judge yourselves before judging others; beware of false prophets; treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself.

He also told us to live the summary of the Old Testament Law: Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Bible quotations are from the World English Bible, which is public domain.)
In Mark 12:14-19, Jesus commanded His listeners to honor the government, including paying taxes. We should remember that this was an occupying government, and its head was a Roman pagan emperor.

There are other commands, but one more is found in the last words of Matthew’s gospel: Matthew 28:19 Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

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I updated this by adding a couple of items that I had forgotten, and by rewording, on August 25, 2012. See also a post on Jesus and the Ten Commandments.

4 comments:

atlibertytosay said...

Were these commands or "qualities of those that followed him and served God"?

He said to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul and "Do unto others what you want them to do to you".

The other teachings were lessons to apply.

I do believe you found a third Golden Rule though … "make disciples of Christ".

Martin LaBar said...

Perhaps some of these were qualities, not commands, but I believe that they are implied commands, at least. For example, I think we are commanded not to lust after someone in our thoughts, in the Sermon on the Mount.

Thanks.

Johnson said...

Were these commands or "qualities of those that followed him and served God"? He said to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul and "Do unto others what you want them to do to you". The other teachings were lessons to apply. I do believe you found a third Golden Rule though … "make disciples of Christ".

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Johnson. I didn't find it -- it's been there all along!