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Commands and various Teachings of Christ

Like newborn babies, 

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation. 

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

Some of the following scriptures are explicit commands of Jesus. Some of them are more like prescriptive behaviours as Christ taught them. Whatever Jesus said though, we need to take careful notice and ensure that we are applying them to our lives.

The Great Commission

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:19,20

He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’ Mark 16:15-18

He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ Luke 24:46,47

Let your light so shine before men

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Love your enemies

But I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,...  Matthew 5:44

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Luke 6:32-36

Be perfect

Be perfect, therefore, as  your heavenly Father  is perfect.  Matthew 5:48

Seek first the Kingdom of God

But seek first his kingdom  and his righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Treat others, the way you want to be treated. 

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  Matthew 7:12

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

Forgiving others

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins,  your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but  seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21,22

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may  forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25

New commandment – love one another

A new command I give  you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must  love one another.  John 13:34

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  John 15:12

This is my command: Love each other  John 15: 17

Keep the commands  if  you Love Jesus

If you love me,  you will obey what I command.  John 14:15

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.  John 14:21

Abide in him

Remain in me,  and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4

Abide in His love

As the Father has loved Me, so have I  loved you. Now remain  in my love.  John 15:9

Keep commandments to abide in his love

If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  John 15:10

You are Jesus’ Friend if you keep his commands

You are my friends if you do what I command.  John 15:14

Don’t lay Treasures up on earth

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19,20

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:33,34

Judge not 

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  Matthew 7:1

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

Fear not

So do not be afraid of them... Matthew 10:26

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who cant destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28-31

Be merciful

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

Giving

Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Luke 6:30

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

Washing one anothers feet

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed you feet, you also should was one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  John 13:14,15

Go the extra mile 

If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.  Matthew 5:41

Turn the other cheek

But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. Matthew 5:39,40

Let  your Yes be Yes or No be No

Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:37


More teachings about the Kingdom of Heaven

Like newborn babies, 

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation. 

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

We are to pray for the kingdom to come.

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

       Father,

      hallowed be your name,

      your kingdom come.

 Luke 11:2

The kingdom should be sought after, above all.   

And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and you Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.  Luke 12:29-31

The kingdom of God is for the committed. 

 Jesus replied, “No one who  puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62

It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom 

Jesus looked at him and said, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ Luke 18:24,25

The kingdom of God belongs to the poor and poor in spirit. 

 Looking at his disciples, and said:

      ‘Blessed are you who are poor,

      for yours is the kingdom of God.’ Luke 6:20

 Blessed are the poor in spirit,

      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

It would seem by Jesus’ teaching, and the teaching of the apostles that the poor in spirit (humble and broken spirit) and physically poor  have a special blessing.

The ‘rich in spirit’ (proud and self confident) don’t see a need for God. With less distractionsof material possessions and a greater dependency on God for their provision, the poor are rich in faith.

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him? James 2:5

We must receive the kingdom like a child. 

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. Luke 18:17

What is a child like? A child has an uncorrupted mind ready for his father/mother to teach him what is right. A child looks up to his father/mother and tries to imitate them. A child accepts the wisdom and knowledge of their parents as the greatest there is. A child is learning day by day and continually growing. A child realises his or her parents are much greater than themselvs and they need their parents help to get them through life. A child cries out to his father/mother for help in times of trouble. A child is comforted in the arms of his or her parents. A child trusts their parents, a child has faith in their parents, a child loves their parents.

The kingdom of God is within you 

 ..because the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

You must be born again to enter 

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the  kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3

What does it mean to be born again?

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one  can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’ John 3:5-8

There is a certain element of mystery to being born again, which Jesus likened to the wind blowing, and not knowing where it comes from.

Being born again is a spiritual experience. It results from word of God being heard and being planted in the heart like a seed.

The seed is mixed with faith and grows, producing a new creation – a new spiritual being that is within the body, and is a spirit born of God.

The Full extent of the Teachings of Christ.

Like newborn babies,

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

Jesus said that the way to build a foundation (for your life) is to hear and obey his teachings.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

‘Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ….’ Hebrews 6:1

The first thing I must point out is that we never actually ‘leave behind’ the teachings of Jesus.
Matthew Henry says about ‘leaving’:
Here observe, In order to their growth, Christians must leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ. How must they leave them? They must not lose them, they must not despise them, they must not forget them. They must lay them up in their hearts, and lay them as the foundation of all their profession and expectation; but they must not rest and stay in them, they must not be always laying the foundation, they must go on, and build upon it. There must be a superstructure; for the foundation is laid on purpose to support the building.

‘Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ….’ Hebrews 6:1

The greek word for principles :
archï
Thayer Definition:
1) beginning, origin
2) the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader
3) that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause
4) the extremity of a thing
4a) of the corners of a sail
5) the first place, principality, rule, magistracy
5a) of angels and demons

I found it interesting, the image of the corners of a sail with reference to the extremity of a thing. The main ‘real estate’ of a sail is what makes it catch the wind, but the corners of the sail are important to attach the sail to the mast.

If we relate that to the doctrine of Christ, we could see the doctrine as like a sail, which goes to the full extent to the corners.

A way of understanding  the verse could then be ‘Therefore, moving on and building upon the full extent of the teachings and sayings of Christ….

We need to look at the entire teaching of Christ, from one extent to the other, in order to understand the principles of the doctrine of Christ.  That is what this series of teachings aims to achieve. Covering broadly the whole teachings of Jesus. A study on ‘The Red Letters’

While I realise much of the writing is little more than organising  scripture, it is intended to provide an orderly way to study the teachings of Jesus for new believers.

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