Lesson 15 The Commands of CHRIST
Using the 4 books of the Gospel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we will be taking a look at 21 of CHRIST´s commands to us HIS followers. Sadly, in this day of lawlessness and perversion there are many who believe that CHRIST did away with the law and left us with only one vague commandment----love. While love is the key to the door of all that pertains to CHRIST, it is only the beginning.
Repentance is the first of CHRIST´s commands. Many have a faulty concept of repentance. It isn´t just being sorry. Repentance is a twofold process. First is the turning away from sin. Second is turning to GOD.
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We are commanded to believe in the gospel; to believe in CHRIST and in the FATHER. The gospel can be summed up in the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of JESUS CHRIST as an atonement for your sins and mine.
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
3. The New Birth
CHRIST commands that we be reborn. The new birth is the mysterious operation of the SPIRIT that converts the lost, hell-bound sinner into the heaven-bound sinner saved by grace.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.