8405 commands, in NT

8405 commands, in NT

The NT sets out the commands of God and Jesus Christ for the church.

Commands made by God

Mt 22:36-40 pp Mk 12:28-31 See also Mt 15:3 pp Mk 7:9; Mk 7:8; Ac 13:46-47; Ac 17:30; Ro 1:32; 1Ti 1:1; Tit 1:3; 1Jn 3:23; 1Jn 4:21; 2Jn 4

Commands made by Jesus Christ

In the Gospels Jn 13:34 See also Mt 8:26-27 pp Mk 4:39-41 pp Lk 8:24-25; Mt 28:19-20; Mk 1:25-27 pp Lk 4:35-36; Mk 5:43 pp Lk 8:56; Mk 9:25; Jn 15:12,17

In the rest of the NT 1Co 9:14 See also Ac 10:42; 1Co 7:10-11; 1Co 14:37; 1Th 4:2,16; 2Pe 3:2 “the command” (see 2Pe 2:21) here refers to Christianity considered as a body of ethical teaching

Commands made by the apostles

1Jn 2:7-8 They received the command to love at the beginning of their Christian experience. See also Ac 10:48; Ac 16:4 The Greek word translated “decisions” literally means “decrees”; Ac 16:18; 2Th 3:4,6,11-12 Paul urged Timothy to command others: 1Ti 1:3-5; 1Ti 4:11; 1Ti 6:17-18
1Ti 6:13-14

Obedience to the NT commands

Obedience is a requirement 1Jn 2:3-4 See also Mt 5:19 “these commandments” probably refers to the OT law as fulfilled by Jesus Christ (see Mt 5:17-18); Mt 19:17; Lk 17:10; Jn 15:10; 1Co 7:19; 2Pe 2:21; 1Jn 3:21-24; 2Jn 5-6; Rev 14:12

Obedience is an expression of love and faithfulness Jn 14:21 See also Jn 14:15; Jn 15:14; 1Jn 5:2-3; Rev 12:17

Commands given by secular authorities

Mt 8:9 pp Lk 7:8 the Roman centurion; Mt 14:9-10 pp Mk 6:27 Herod orders the beheading of John the Baptist; Mt 27:64-65; Lk 2:1; Ac 12:19; Ac 16:22-24; Ac 18:2 Claudius ordered all the Jews to leave Rome; Ac 21:34; Ac 23:10,35; Ac 25:6,17,21,23

Commands given by religious authorities

Jn 11:57; Ac 4:15; Ac 5:28,40; Ac 23:2-3

Commands that came through Moses referred to in the NT

Heb 9:19-20 See also Mt 8:4 pp Mk 1:44; Mt 19:7-8 pp Mk 10:3-4; Jn 8:5; Ro 7:8-13; Heb 12:18-21

See also

2333Christ, attitude to OT
5215authority
5257civil authorities
6628conversion, God’s demand
8292love
8453obedience
8496witnessing, importance