Jesus' Commandments by Samuel Mills

The Commandments of Jesus must not be confused with the “Ten Commandments” in the Old Testament.

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments," (John 14:15, KJV).

As you study these commandments (orders) of Jesus it will become very clear that God is not only the God of Grace, He is also the God of expectations. You will also see that obeying the Commandments of Jesus will bring rewards beyond measure.

For example, “Ye must be born again” (Jn 3:7), is considered to be one of the Commandments of Jesus. Those who obey receive Eternal Life!

The Old Testament Commandments beautifully teach what God considers to be sin, but they require perfection, and no person has ever been perfect (good enough), so it can only bring condemnation.

However, Jesus, being the "Son of God" and therefore perfect, could and did live up to the requirements of the Old Testament Law, and by doing so was qualified to die in the place of all who would accept Him as their Savior.

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:1). Jesus paid it all!

"The Greatest Commandment"

Jesus was asked: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments," (Matt 22:36-40, Amp).

"The Golden Rule"

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

Although these Commandments of Jesus are not in numerical order as are the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament, most Bible Scholars agree that they are most assuredly the Commandments of Jesus.