The Commands Of Christ!
November 2nd, 2013
In (Matthew 28:20) Jesus said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We are to teach all the commands of Christ.
Now listen to what the Apostle Paul was inspired by the Holy Ghost to write in (I Cor.14:37) “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” All of the Apostle’s inspired epistles - Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews are the Commands Of Christ.
These verses run contrary to the falsehoods taught in much contemporary preaching today. This is a Significant and Serious Subject about which there is so much Confusion (I Cor. 14:33) in Contemporary Christianity! It is the Misunderstanding and Misinterpretation of this subject that is the reason So Many Of Our Children Turn Their Back on Historic and Authentic Christianity!
There is an offshoot of Christianity today that is teaching the false doctrine that the New Testament or New Covenant is only about Relationships not Rules. This reasoning believes that since we have been set free by Christ there are essential very few Rules in the New Covenant. This offshoot which is actually a contemporary version of hyper-dispensationalism has taken out of context a conversation Jesus had with a lawyer in (Matthew 22:35-40). Listen to this conversation - “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Does this mean that Loving God and Loving My Neighbor is all that Christ Commands? Absolutely not! What Jesus was saying was that all the COMMANDS / RULES of the Bible involve my Relationship With God and my Relationship With My Fellow Man!
The First 4 of the 10 Commandments Involve My Relationship With God And The Next 6 Involve My Relationship With My Fellow Man! Right between commandment 2 and 3 the Bible says in (Exodus 20:6) “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
We cannot divorce obedience from love. Jesus established this continuing principle in (John 14:15) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Listen to the inspired words of John in (I John 5:2) “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.”
Here Is The Question – Is It Legalism To Seek To Obey The Commands Of Christ? One of the leading Bible scholars of the last generation said that, “By Focusing On The Selected Key Commands Spoken By Jesus In The Gospels There Are a Total Of 382 Spoken Commands By Jesus Which Were In The Imperative Tense In The Original Greek.” Now this does not even deal with the fact that the Apostle Paul stated in (I Cor. 14:37) that The Things That He Wrote Unto You And I Are The Commandments Of The Lord, as well.
Here Is The Real Issue - How Can We Be True Disciples Of The Lord Jesus Christ? Discipleship is what the Christian life is all about. But how do we know when we are true Disciples? And how do we know when we have successfully trained someone else to be a Disciple? (Matthew 28:20) is the Curriculum For Christlikeness. Jesus said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
There is no denying Jesus Gave Commands (MANY). If you consider yourself to belong to Jesus Christ in any sense then how can you ignore what He said? If His commands were to be ignored then why did He give them and why were they written down? If He did not expect us to obey them then why did He ask in (Luke 6:46) “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
Since Salvation Is Free and Available Only By The Grace Of Jesus, Some Believe That It Is Inappropriate To Suggest That Jesus Had Any Commandments Other Than The 2 In (Matthew 22). There is no doubt that the Bible makes it very clear That Faith In Jesus Is The Only Way To Be Born Again And Go To Heaven. But as you observe the many Commands Of Christ throughout the gospels it becomes abundantly clear that God is not only The God Of Grace, God is also The God Of Expectations.
The Commands Of Christ apply to all Jesus followers. His atoning grace has set us free from the Jewish ceremonial laws found in the Old Testament. However, Jesus said in (Matthew 5:17) that He didn’t come to Abolish The Law, but to Fulfill The Law. Jesus had a high view of His Father’s Moral Commands, and he paid the price to set us free from the penalty of having broken them. Now, his life and words affirm that as His Disciples, We Do Have Commands To Observe not to Merit His Grace but to Show Our Gratitude For His Grace. Do not let some false teachers and modern day libertarians lead you into the false doctrine that seeking to please God is legalism.
The Awesome Rewards of obeying Christ’s Commands are not Heaven (That Would Be Salvation By Works - Which Is The True Definition Of Legalism) but they are Hope & Honor, Blessings & Bountifulness, Wisdom & Walking In His Presence, Joyfullness &Successfulness! The Commands Of Christ are really just God’s Rules For Living, and they are intended to help me toward an abundant life, not to limit my freedom?