The Commands of Jesus

The Ten Commandments are based on the expression of God's Love to others and this is why The Fruit of The Spirit is Love and its expression.  Jesus gave us some commands and if you love others (the children of The Father - whether or not they are citizens of Heaven -  you will express God's quality of Love towards them and do what Jesus said we were to do.

The commands of Jesus can be broken up into two periods: Those He gave in His life and those He gave after His death when He had the Authority to command them.

The one He gave while alive was as follows:

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

All Jesus did was to restate the attitude behind the Ten Commandments and to advise them that if they followed this they were His disciples as He followed them.

Note that there is no way out of this command.  You must love people because they are fellow children of The Father, even if they are not citizens of The Kingdom.  You may not like what they do but that does not mean you can judge them or reject them as a person.

It also does not mean you overlook their weaknesses or sins but you are to help them overcome them to the degree they allow you too.  We are to guide and not force people to obey God  After all He wants obedience to be out of love for Him and not because evil will happen to them if they do not obey God.  However, we are to advise the of the consequences of not showing God's love in their circumstances but we are not their Judge because only Jesus is that but we are a person showing them what God says and trying to help them avoid hell or other punishments.

We are told we will suffer the consequences of our actions:

Gal 6:7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for what a man sows, this also he will reap.

Gal 6:8  For he who sows to his flesh, from his own flesh will reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap everlasting life.

You do get results from the good or evil you do.  Not necessarily in this life but you definitely will in the next.

Jesus said to them:

Joh 14:15  "If you love Me, keep My commandments.

In otherwords, if you love Jesus you will obey Him.

After He rose from the dead He gave new commands which were an expression of this Quality of Love and His authority to be able to give them, especially the delegation over demons.  Jesus expressed these commands in His capacity of God so they are important.

The mission statement of Jesus was as follows:

(Luk 4:18-21) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

His example was as follows (Matthew 4:23):

And Jesus went about all Galilee,

teaching in their synagogues,

and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,

delivering people from the effects of Satan on them

and healing all manner of sickness (short term sickness)

and all manner of disease among the people (long term chronic).

This is what our objective should be:

The last words of Jesus to His people can be summarized as follows: "All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations I have risen,

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

He that believeth and is baptized  shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 

And these signs shall follow them that believe;

 In my name shall they cast out devils;

They shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;

And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

These actions will be observable in the life of a follower of Jesus as an expression of God’s quality of Love in them working through them to others.

Obedience to Jesus will result in The Kingdom of God manifesting in and through our lives and we will demonstrate  it as He commanded us too in Mark 16:17-18. Jesus said the signs in these verses would be performed by His followers:

They shall cast out devils;

They shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;

And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;

They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

They will show God’s quality of love in all they do

Remember that evangelism is really telling people what Jesus has done for people in the kingdom of Satan to deliver them from this kingdom as well as how He has affected your life as a result of your accepting what He has done for you.

If you love others with the same quality of Love that Jesus Loves them with you will go and tell others what He has done for them so they can enjoy what you have received as a result of your accepting what He has done for you. To not do these shows you are hypocritical or fearful and need training and/or deliverance to do these things.

This work should be an expression of our faith and it will be an expression of our faith to the degree we are able to express it without causing offence to another.

Even if our faith can only be expressed in our heart's attitude it must still be expressed in the attitude we have towards others.

Remember!  God does not judge you on what you do but on the attitudes you have in your heart towards the thing you do which includes obedience to His Commands.

The Bible says how we think in our heart will be who we are.

The final warning is given by Jesus in Mark 8:38:

Mar 8:38  For whosoever is ashamed of Me and My words among this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him, whenever He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

In conclusion we are reminded that God’s purpose for is us to believe in Jesus:

John 6:29  Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the one he sent."

And if we believe in whom He is we will obey Him fully.