Obeying the Commandments of Christ
There are many who say they follow Christ, but how do we know if they are following him?
How do we know if we are truly following him?
We may have our religious rituals and traditions that we are fond of, attend religious institutional buildings called church and conform to their templates, but do any of these things necessitate following Christ?
How do we really know if we are a friend of Christ who is our mediator to the Father?
There are countless teachers and preachers with their many religious wares that are supposedly pointing us on how to attain God. Many have unloaded their wallets and purses only to find that their destination has really been a merry-go-round of striving after human devised plans and agendas that are far removed from the precepts of Christ. What is called ‘truth’ today points to a Christ of man’s own making as they deem themselves the purveyors of truth locked into the bondages of the lenses of their own doctrines. They are so sure of themselves as they point to their elite religious authority figures as they are deemed the roadmaps to the Kingdom. You can be sure that they point to great kingdoms, but it is not the Kingdom of God.
In the world today, there is just about any religious flavour you can choose from to please the palette and each of these flavours teach that their own brand is the only means of attaining God. All the religious denominations, factions and sects are pots calling the kettles black as the indoctrination of blind guides sear the masses with their doctrines that say they follow Christ, but in the end always points back to their own religious name brands and ministries.
Social media is a good example where there are countless advertisements and marketing tactics used to lure people into the fold. Most people have no ability to post something of themselves, but simply parrot someone else that points to a ministry that desires the monetary.
The following theme in this article will reveal how we can discern between a true follower of Christ and the counterfeit. Most who say they follow Christ are liars because they do not obey his commands.
This may sound harsh, but this is the reality of the great deception in our world today.
Do you Know Christ; Do you Follow Him?
It really boils down what we know about Christ along with his teachings and commands.
How can we say we know Christ and are his friend if we do not know his words?
You are my friends if you do what I command you. – John 15:14
How can we say we follow Christ, but do not allow him to lead us?
“Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? – Luke 6:39
How can we say that we love God’s word, but we don’t do what Christ has commanded us to do?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. – John 14:15
It is a sad state in our religious world today because everything points everywhere except to Christ.
There are countless unsuspecting people who have been converted to the views of religious men, but it is not Christ. However, there is one test that we can use on ourselves and others that is really quite simple to see what is the epitome of what it means to follow Christ.
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” – John 14:21
It really can be summed up in this verse; however, many have no clue what Christ’s commands are. From Genesis to Revelation there are many commands, but Christ’s commands are exactly what they are; they are his.
Separating the Genuine from the Counterfeit
This following verse shows how we are able to separate the genuine from the counterfeit.
“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. – John 14:23-24
What it all comes down to is what doctrines and commandments you are going to obey. We must rid ourselves of all the noise of self-appointed religious leaders and their minions that parrot their own doctrines by keeping the commandments of their elite religious gurus and sages. The passages in John could not be any plainer showing that we must not only believe the commandments of Christ, but obey them also.
Most within the counterfeit church system do neither as their example are not of Christ, but always pointing to someone else and their ministry.
Those among the early ekklesia as attested in the New Testament were genuine followers of Christ. They were admonished not follow after the teachings of religious men with their laws and traditions.
We should easily be able to differentiate from those who bring remembrance to the teaching and commandments of Christ and those who do not, but that is dependent on whether we know the words of Christ.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly – Colossians 3:16
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. – 1 Peter 2:21
It is imperative that we take heed and consider these Scripture verses that have been written to point us to walking in the way of Christ because it is also the way to the Father.
The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. – John 12:48
We must reject traditions and doctrines that are taught as if they are Christ’s commands. The words we live by will be how we will be judged by them.
Are we learning, growing and maturing in Christ, or is it about someone or something else?
If we take a look at ourselves in the mirror, what is evident in our daily lives?
Do you see Christ, or an indoctrinated minion?
Are you walking down the wide road, or are you on the narrow one?
Many today know of Christ and like to associate with him. Lip service is the preferred choice of many today. They know of Christ, but do not know him. They claim to abide by his commands, but rather they obey the commands and traditions of men because they know no better.
“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ – Mark 7:6
The Seeds of the New Covenant
If we believe in the new covenant through Christ, we will point to the laws and commands that were given to Christ to his followers from his Father.
The point of Christ’s death and resurrection was that we too could become ministers of the new covenant where the fulfillment of the law would manifest in our lives as well. Having the spirit of Christ is about amplifying the moral laws of God. The reason we have law of Christ written on our hearts is because of the veil being rent by what Christ has done. The unveiling of God’s plan through Christ was not about abolishing God’s eternal moral universal laws, but was about bringing in a new covenant that would heighten our understanding of the Kingdom of God.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:7
The Kingdom of God was unveiled through Christ and the evidence of it are all those who would walk as he walked pointing to the Kingdom also. This is what the Gospel is all about.
Those who walk with Christ will learn from the spirit of Christ where his ways will be etched on our hearts. The lifestyle, teaching and commands of Christ are imperative if we desire to bring more of the Kingdom on earth. Many of the commands of Christ are his interpretation of Scripture where he would use it to expose and counter the religious institutions of his day. It is the same today as many despise the teaching and commands of Christ and desire to have their own commands, interpretations and traditions of what it means to attain God.
Most of the world knows of Christ, but they are missing and lacking the core principles of the Kingdom of God because they have sidelined the genuine Christ for one of their own making.
If we were to seek first the Kingdom of God, we would find the core principles, guidelines and commands that point to how mankind can be one in spirit with the Father. The cause and effect of the laws we follow will have bearing of our path in our world today, but also in the next. This is the important factor to consider in who or what is shaping our destiny in both the physical and the spiritual.
Christ taught us how we can farm the field of this world so that we become the seeds that produce a fruitful harvest, but it depends on our diligence in coming to understand what it means to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This comes by allowing Christ to work the soil of our own hearts as we become seeds of the new covenant.
The doctrine of Christ is in direct opposition to the institutional church system today and the way of the world, just as it was back in the time of the apostles.
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching – Acts 5:27-28
When we keep the commands of Christ, there will come great blessing and others will take notice. Christ said the God will reveal Himself (John 14:21), purify (John 17:17) and dwell within us (John 14:23). His Son will become our friend (John 15:14) and we will receive the love of God (John 15:10) and will genuinely be able to love (agape) others (1 John 5:2) with the love of Christ. Our prayers will be answered (1 John 3:22) and we will find true joy (John 15:11), hope and peace (John 16:33).
The way of Christ is about worshipping God in spirit and in truth that gives us the ability to bear fruit. It is about letting the Holy Spirit to take control in our lives where we abide in the words of Christ bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit. We then become partakers of the divine nature just as Christ partook also. This is the only way of obtaining victory in our own lives.
The lack of the fundamental teaching of Christ is an epidemic today. Most pick some and choose to ignore others. To walk the narrow way as Christ walked, we will have to come face to face with making a decision on whether we choose to follow them or not. If we say we love Christ, then we will obey him. If we obey him, we will have the love of both the Father and the Son.
The Commands of Christ
What are the commands of Christ?
That is up to you to find them for yourself and read over the words of Christ to understand the principles of the Kingdom of God found in Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40
Christ fulfilled these words in his example. In his commands, the eternal moral laws of God still fully apply today, just as they were in place long before the events of Sinai.
Yahweh, your word is settled in heaven forever. – Psalm 119:89
Are you partaking of Christ’s commands?
The Fifty Commands of Christ
The following is a fifty-point statement summarizing, but is not an exhaustive list of Christ’s commands.
Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will go to them and make our home with them. – John 14:23
The Exhaustive List: Commands of Christ
Here is a more exhaustive list for your perusal.
Let us search for, peruse and understand what it means to be a follower of Christ.