The Commands of Jesus

Recently I have been reading through the gospels with an eye toward discovering everything Jesus commanded.  I figure if Jesus’ parting words (in Matthew’s gospel) included the command to teach disciples to obey everything he commanded then I should probably know what he commanded.  I did a quick Google search and found … nothing.  I searched several configurations of Jesus+Commands+Everything (etc.) and still did not come across a satisfying list of commands.  So, I made my own.

You should know this about my list: (1) It includes the commands of Jesus found in the gospels and Acts, but not Revelation (I’ll add those soon); (2) I only included direct commands, not implied commands; (3) I did not include any commands given to the demonic.  I’ve provided the references as well as the command so you can go and review the context.  Remember, knowing the commands is only part of the process.  We must also teach them to others in such a way that they can and will obey them.

The Commands of Jesus

  1. Repent – Matthew 4:12-17; Mark 1:15 (cf. becoming like little children – Matthew 18:1-6)
  2. Follow Me
    1. and I will make you fishers of men – Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:17
    2. and let the dead bury their own dead – Matthew 8:18-22
    3. and … – Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:15; Luke 5:27-32; John 1:35-51
    4. Deny, Take Up and Follow – Matthew 16:24-28
    5. keep the commandments, give your wealth to the poor and come – Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-27
    6. no home, no burial, no turning back – Luke 9:57-62
  3. Rejoice and be glad in the face of persecution – Matthew 5:1-12; Luke 6:23
  4. Let your light shine before men – Matthew 5:13-16
  5. Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets – Matthew 5:17-20
  6. Be reconciled to your brother – Matthew 5:21-26; Mark 11:20-26; Luke 17:1-4
  7. Do not commit adultery (in regards to actual adultery, lust and improper divorce) – Matthew 5:27-32 (cf. removing stumbling blocks – Matthew 18:7-9; do not separate marriage – Matthew 19:1-12)
  8. Let your “Yes” be “Yes” – Matthew 5:33-37
  9. Do not resist an evil person – Matthew 5:38–42; Luke 6:29-30
  10. Love your enemies – Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-35
  11. Be perfect as your Father is perfect – Matthew 5:48 (closely connected with #10 Love your enemies)
  12. Be careful how you practice your righteousness – Matthew 6:1-18; Luke 11:1-4
    1. when you give to the poor … (2-4)
    2. when you pray … (5-15); (1-4)
    3. when you fast … (16-18)
  13. Do not store treasures up on earth – Matthew 6:19–24
  14. Do not worry about your life but Seek first the kingdom of God – Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-34
    1. about your life
    2. about your food and drink
    3. about your clothes
    4. about tomorrow
  15. Do not judge (practice self-examination) – Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37-45; Luke 11:29-36; John 7:14-24
  16. Do not give the sacred to the dogs and pigs – Matthew 7:6
  17. Ask, Seek, and Knock– Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:5-13
  18. Do to others as you would have them do to you – Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:27-35
  19. Enter through the narrow way – Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:22-30
  20. Beware of false prophets – Matthew 7:15-23 (also Matthew 24:4-14)
  21. Take courage / Do not be afraid / Do not let your hearts be troubled …
    1. your sins are forgiven – Matthew 9:1-8
    2. your faith has made you well – Matthew 9:20-22
    3. it is I; do not be afraid – Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52: John 6:16-21
    4. only believe – Mark 5:35-43; Luke 8:49-56
    5. from now on you will catch men – Luke 5:1-11
    6. believe in God and also in Jesus – John 14:1-6
    7. I have overcome the world – John 16:29-33
  22. Go and learn what this means, “I desire compassion and not sacrifice.” – Matthew 9:10-13 (cf. Mt 12:1-14)
  23. Pray for laborers – Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 10:1-2
  24. Go to the lost sheep of Israel – Matthew 10:1-15; Mark 6:7-12; Luke 9:1-11; Luke 10:3-16
    1. do not go to the Gentiles or Samaritans
    2. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons
    3. give freely
    4. do not acquire extra possessions
    5. stay with worthy people and avoid unworthy people
  25. Be wise as serpents – Matthew 10:16-23
    1. be wise, yet innocent
    2. beware of people who will hand you over to be arrested
    3. do not worry about what to say at that time
    4. when they persecute you in one city flee to the next
  26. Fear God, not man – Matthew 10:24-33; Luke 12:4-12
  27. Do not think that I came to bring peace – Matthew 10:34-39
  28. If you have ears then listen
    1. John is Elijah – Matthew 11:7-19
    2. The Parables of Jesus – Matthew 13; Mark 4; Luke 8:4-21, 14:25-35
    3. It’s what comes out of you that makes you unclean – Matthew 16:10-20
  29. Take my yoke – Matthew 11:25-30
  30. Honor your parents – Matthew 15:1-9
  31. Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees – Matthew 16:1-12 and Matthew 23:1-39; Mark 8:14-21 and Mark 12:35-40; Luke 12:1-3, 20:45-47
    1. obey what they say, but do not copy their deeds
    2. do not be called Rabbi
  32. Deny, Take Up and Follow – Matthew 16:24-28; Mark 8:34-38; John 12:20-26
  33. Remove stumbling blocks in your life – Matthew 18:7-9; 9:42-50
  34. Do not despise these little ones or hinder them – Matthew 18:10-14 and Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 9:46-50, 18:15-17
  35. Correct a sinful brother – Matthew 18:15-20; Luke 17:1-4
  36. Forgive those who sin against you – Matthew 18:21-35 (cf. also the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:1-18); Mark 11:20-26
  37. Do not separate a marriage – Matthew 19:1-12 (cf. Matthew 5:27-32); Mark 10:1-12
  38. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s – Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:19-26
  39. Love the Lord and your neighbor – Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:30-37
  40. Be ready for my return – Matthew 24:15-25:46; Mark 13; Luke 12:35-48, 17:22-37, 21:10-37
  41. Take, Eat, and Drink – Matthew 26:26-35; Mark 14:22-31; Luke 22:14-23
  42. Watch and Pray – Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46
  43. Put your sword away – Matthew 26:47-56; Luke 22:47-53
  44. Great Commission (make disciples by …) – Matthew 28:16-20
    1. going to the lost
    2. baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    3. teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you
  45. Go tell what God has done for you – Mark 5:120; Luke 8:26-39
  46. Practice solitude and rest – Mark 6:30-31
  47. Feed them – Mark 6:33-44; Luke 9:12-27
  48. Don’t hinder those doing miracles in Jesus’ name – Mark 9:38-41
  49. Peach the gospel to all creation – Mark 16:14-18
  50. Be merciful as your Father is merciful – Luke 6:36
  51. Do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you – Luke 10:17-20
  52. Be on your guard against every kind of greed – Luke 12:13-21
  53. Obey with humility – Luke 17:7-10
  54. You must be born again – John 3:1-21
  55. Worship in Spirit and Truth – John 4:21-26
  56. Do not marvel that the Father has given Jesus authority – John 5:25-32
  57. Do not work for bread that perishes, but eat the bread of life – John 6:26-58
  58. If you are thirsty, drink from Jesus – John 7:37-39
  59. Believe in the Light, while you have it, so that you may become sons of Light – John 12:27-36a
  60. Wash one another’s feet – John 13:5-20
  61. Abide in me and I in you – John 15:1-11
  62. Love one another as I have loved you – John 15:12-17
  63. Receive the Holy Spirit – John 20:22
  64. You shall be my witnesses – Acts 1:6-8
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