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The Forgotten Commandment

Updated on January 10, 2016

A Commandment that seems forgotten.

Over the past few months I have focused my Bible studies on the subject of Commandments. But not on the Commandments that we often hear about in the Old Testament, but Commandments that are found in the New Testament. What I find to be most interesting is the more recent the commandment is writen in the bible the less anyone seems to pay any attention to it. And although I have read this peticular Commandment in the bible a number of times, it never really sunk in until I began to really study more on this subject of Commandments.

What Is really surprising is the lack of teaching on this peticular Commandment. And what is most striking about this commandment, I'm about to quote, is that it is directly related to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the center of this commandment, and yet no one that I'm aware of has never mentioned or taught on this commandment. And still, it is the center piece of our faith in God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, it should not surprise us to learn that we are COMMANDED (commandment) to "BELIEVE" in the name of God's Son, Jesus Christ. For those of you who may doubt this as being a commandment " to believe in the name of Jesus Christ" I would like to direct your attention to the following in 1John 3:23 (NKJV) which states: 23 And this is His Commandment: that we should believe on His name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

We are commanded to believe on the name of God's Son Jesus Christ. But do we all following the words of this commandment. The simple answer is; No.

Now, in support of the verse I just quoted above I now draw your attention to the following words spoken by Jesus in John 14:21 (NKJV) which states: 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him".

Now, we come to a very important question. Is it a sin if we don't believe in the name of God's Son Jesus Christ? The most simple and direct answer to this question is; YES.

Is there any place in the bible that clearly states it is a sin if one does not believe in Jesus Christ? The answer to this question is also; YES. And the verse that clearly spells it out has been read many times by many people but has been over looked or misunderstood. The following verses clearly explains. Jesus is speaking to his disciple in these verses in John 16: 8-10 (NKJV) which states: 8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of "SIN", and of righteousness, and of judgement; 9 "OF SIN; BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIVE IN ME", and of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more, and of judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged."

There is no way to misunderstand these verses I have just quoted. If we do not believe in Jesus Christ we are in sin, plain and simple. No if, ands, or but.

So, now I ask the question, why is it that we never hear about this from those who call themselves clergy? Shouldn't this commandment be one of those near the top of the list of commandments. I would think it sould be, and yet, it seems to be a forgotten commandment. How can we be disciple of Christ and not know this commandment? Of all the commandment listed throughout the bible this is the first one I've seen that directly states that we are to believe in the name of Jesus Christ.

What is also interesting to note regarding the commandment revealed in 1John 3:23 is that it is within a few verse which mentions the spirit of the Anti-christ. In 1 John 4: 3 (NKJV) it states: 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have hear was coming, and is now already in the world.

When we read this verse it is revealing the spirit of the antichrist which is already in the world.

In his writing 1John, the Apostle John is explaining in this book that believing in Christ is a commandment. And he also explains in this same book what defines an antichrist if you read 1John 2:18, and 1John 2: 22 and 1John 4:3. Clearly we are to believe in the name of Jesus Christ if we are true believers and disciples of Christ.

This leaves me to wonder how many times have we missed important points God has revealed to us in His word? How many times we read something in God's word and it's meaning and context flew over our heads? How many times we have studied verses to gain knowledge and yet missed important facts? I can't not answer my own questions here, but one thing I am sure. Since I started studying carefully the commandments I feel a step closer to understanding more of the nature of God's Kingdom and why Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father. There may be more commandments that have been over looked in the New Testament that are important as I try to gain more understanding of God's Kingdom and it my plan to find them.

If we are commanded to love by Jesus Christ, then it shouldn't be surprising that we are also given a commandment to believe in Him.

God bless.



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      Rodric Johnson 12 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      It is a deception by the devil to convince clergy to relegate Jesus to a myth. I have noticed that many so called preachers admit they do not believe in God let alone Jesus Christ. Their position is a job to them, and they take home a paycheck and remove the vestiges of the cloth instead of living the whole law.

      Any church that teaches to worship the Father and the Son will be blessed for that teachings. We worship the Son by using His name to invoke our prayers to Heavenly Father.

      I enjoyed the article and the comments. It is a commandment to believe in Jesus Christ. I knew it, but until I read how you worded it I never gave it a second thought that some people do no know that we are commanded to believe in Him as we believe in the Father.

      Jesus is the only way that we can get to God and also the reason it is important for Christians to be vocal about it. We are not to browbeat others to Christ, but invite them to come unto Christ.

      It is getting more difficult to speak about Him in society without someone persecuting us. Society only wants to mention Christ's name as a swear word. The devil laughs because he knows if he can get Christians to fight each other and society only to use the name God commanded us to use for salvation as a swear-word Satan will win many souls.

      Thanks for bring this up.

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      KingdomCome 15 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      celafoe- Many thanks for your comment also. It's always great seeing your comments.

      Many blessings.

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      KingdomCome 15 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      word55- You are most welcome.

      God bless.

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      Word 15 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you KC, your comment/point was well taken. I'm having a great day. Thank you.

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      charlie 15 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      AMEN

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      KingdomCome 15 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      word55- you stated the following; "I have not approved it because I don't want negative involvement." Just so you are aware I was just trying to get the message to you. What you do with it is entirely up to you. I doesn't matter to me if it approved or not. And just so that you are aware I DO NOT have a political correct bone in my body. I call it the way I see it. If that bothers you feel free to "unfollow" when ever you feel the need. I'm not looking for fans or followers. If they choose to, fine. If they don't that fine too. I will follow those who write articles that interest me. I will not follow someone just because they follow me, nor do I "expect" them to follow me if I follow them (meaning articles).

      For the record, I have come to know some very good people through HP. I enjoy their work (articles), their e-mails and friendship. And I will continue enjoying their friendship for as long as they will allow me. Your friendship is most welcomed, but be aware I will never knowingly compromise the truth of God's word just to keep a friend or to make one.

      Have a great day.

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      Word 15 months ago from Chicago

      Hey KC, I have the comment still. I have not approved it because I don't want any negativity involvement. I understand. Let's just all try to get along. Can we? I love all of you. I will not take sides. I followed you. Did you follow me?

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      KingdomCome 15 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      word55- Thank you for your comment.

      I also want to let you know that before I seen your comments in my Hubs I wrote a comment to you in one of your most recent Hubs to explain something I had writen to you in another person's Hub which was deleted. I felt it was the only way to reach you without it getting deleted.

      God bless.

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      Word 15 months ago from Chicago

      This is a well written hub and very much on point. Thank you. God bless!

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Tamarajo- Thank you for you comment. However, I should mention that my article is not focused on our heavenly Father only, but also our Lord Jesus Christ. We are commanded to believe "also" in Christ Jesus as seperate. This is clearly mentioned in John 14:1 (NKJV) which states: 1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God; believe "also" in Me."

      Clearly Jesus is making seprrate points with belief in the Father in heaven and Himself. We as disciple are to believe in both. Jesus clearly is making this point in the above verse.

      Thank you again and God bless.

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      Tamarajo 20 months ago

      Beautiful observation and reminder. Believing is not an option because...

      without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      PandN- Thank you for your comment and visit. I agree with every thing you have stated in your comment. I believe one of the best descriptions of the position of Jesus Christ is in His words when He said in Revelation 22:13 (NKJV) which state: 13 "I am the Alfa and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."

      I t is with out a doubt that Jesus has all authority given to Him by the Father as you have explain in your quote of Matthew 28:18. We all, who believe, need to remember this.

      Thanks again for your comment and many blessing

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      PlanksandNails 20 months ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      One thing for certain is that God gave His Son all authority in heaven and the earth.

      And Jesus came and said to them, “ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. - Matthew 28:18

      Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When a commandment is decreed from the one who has been given ALL authority from his Father, it would be a sin not to submit it. It is easy to “believe” in Jesus; the demons do, but to believe in the name of Jesus means that you accept and submit to his authority and walk in obedience.

      There are many of the religious who "believe" in Jesus Christ, but in practice their authority comes from man. There are few who believe on the name (authority) of Jesus Christ that comes from His Father. Paul spoke of a time before his conversion when he was a Pharisee when he submitted to a different authority other than the name of Jesus.

      I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in OPPOSING THE NAME OF JESUS of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving AUTHORITY FROM THE CHIEF PRIESTS, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities. - Acts 26:9-11

      The name of Jesus designates authority. To truly believe in Jesus Christ is submission to the name of Jesus Christ. Many "believe," but in practice they operate under an authority that comes from a name other than Jesus.

      And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By WHAT POWER or by WHAT NAME did you do this?” - Acts 4:7

      Peter did not operate under the authority of religious men, but the name of Jesus Christ.

      On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy IN YOUR NAME, and cast out demons IN YOUR NAME, and do many mighty works IN YOUR NAME?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ - Matthew 7:22-23

      What interesting questions that the religious ask of Jesus. It is very telling isn't it? To act in the "name of Jesus Christ" without the consent of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is treason. It is antichrist. Violation of allegiance to the Kingdom of God is a man-conceived religious plan done in the "name of Jesus."

      And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal POWER, but they are to receive AUTHORITY as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind, and they hand over their POWER and AUTHORITY to the beast. They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” - Revelation 17:12-14

      Our allegiance is defined by whose "name" we act upon. Many say I "believe" in Jesus saying one thing, but in action are under the power, authority and control of antichrist men instead. Few are willing to submit to the name of Jesus Christ by walking in his authority by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Eric-Thanks again for your visits and comments.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool stuff. Made me look further into the house of David and the "I am". So let me say -- Thank you much for this wonderful hub.

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Rich- I just watched the 4 min "The Name Code" video. Very interesting I must say. I did not realize the history from Adam to Jesus could be revealed just in names. Also a degree of prophesy about Jesus. Thank you very much for this link. I will add "names in the bible" to my list of studies. It may add to what you have already given. Many thanks.

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      Rich Kelley 20 months ago from The Ekklesia

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAHR7xroIIQ

      This is a link I found a long time ago took me a while to find it again. Found it interesting. all about names and how it tells a story in time.

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Rich- Regarding your "Follow up Thoughts" Your right about names having meaning. Often times we don't think about meaning of names when we study the bible. I admit I haven't alway thought about it eighter. But thank you for the insight your provided. It helps explain this article and I'm greatful.

      Many blessings to you.

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      celafoe- It's always great to see your comments and having your support.

      As I mentioned in the article this is just a step closer to understanding the nature of God's Kingdom. I have enjoyed the studies of the commandments and for a while at least will continue to do so.

      God bless and great to see you.

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Rich- Your comments are always a welcome sight. And I thank you again.

      Often time we tend to think of commandments as " "You shall not" as we find them in the Old Testament. However, I learned that in the New Testament the wording of commandment seemed to be much more suddle in the way they are worded which is why they are often times over looked. But it does not change the fact that they are still commandments. An example of this is the New Commandment Jesus gave in John 13:34 which Jesus is tell His disciple to love oneanother as He has loved us. This, too, is an overlooked commandment.

      Thank you for explaining "on/in the name". Greek text can be difficult for those who translated God's word. I know that different version may word the verse a bit different but in this case they have the same results.

      God bless and thanks.

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      Rich Kelley 20 months ago from The Ekklesia

      Follow on Thoughts

      In the OT times names often had a meaning, and nothing has changed with Jesus name. We all remember the name “dances with wolves” and how the soldier was given the name. The same is with the name Jesus the Messiah it has meaning and it is that meaning that we are to believe in and on. Found online;

      Messiah ~ (A) ~ the special servant of God; the name that God chose for Jesus. It means the person whom God sent to save people from their sin and be their king; the only person who can put us right with God; God promised the Jews that the Messiah would save them and be their king; they did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah when he came; Jews are still waiting for a Messiah; the person who will come again to rule in God's kingdom for ever; God's anointed person; Christ is the Greek word for Messiah.

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Eric- Many thanks for your visit and comment. I agree, the wording in the commandment seem a bit odd. But when you compare 1 John 3:23 then the verse in John 16:9 makes far more sense. Believe in the name of God's Son Jesus Christ is much more clearer. Different bible version may word it different but still, in this case, means the same.

      What I find most interesting is the sin of not believing is mentioned "before" the commandment is even mentioned.

      Blessings.

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      charlie 20 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      excellent article brother. it surely is one of the most overlooked scriptures.

      God bless you for your diligent studies

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      KingdomCome 20 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Faithful Daughter- Thak you for your visit and comment. I believe , too, that 1John can be s difficult book to understand. It is for this reason I have studied this book and most of the others many times and very carefully. We don't often understand text the first time around which is why I missed this peticuler commandment more than once. Even those I must have read this same verse a hundred times it never sunk in as I had mention in the article.

      I do think there could be other commandment in the New Testament that have been overlooked by most of us. And if so, then I would think that once they are identified we must follow them as God would expect us to.

      Again I thank you for your visit and God bless.

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      Rich Kelley 20 months ago from The Ekklesia

      Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

      The above scripture mentions the authority that Christ has been given. It was said after His resurrection from the dead. I mention this because if you look up at the phrase “on/in the name”, the word name can be translated from the Greek as; name, character, and AUTHORITY. I agree Eric it is hard to fit name into my understanding of what I’m to believe in/on based on a name. My military background has taught me much about authority, so this I understand better than someone that might have been raised with a King and his name meaning more to them.

      I looked at several translations and listed them below.

      Believe in the name

      Have faith in the name of His Son

      Have faith in His Son Jesus Christ

      Believe in the name of His Son

      Believe on the name of His Son

      Thanks KingdomCome for the write up makes one think and any thought about the Kingdom cannot be bad. I believe in the authority of Jesus Christ, I'm learning that there is much in a name as well.

      Your friend

      Rich

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting. I had to look up varying Bible versions here. In my modern American English way of speaking "believe on the name" just makes no sense to me. I kind of get the concept by putting it in context and I know what people say it means. But for the life of me, standing on it's own, I just cannot make sense of it. For me, it does not clearly mean anything. I get believing in Jesus. But in His Name?

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      Evi Lopez 20 months ago from Sunny Florida

      1 John is such a twisted an misunderstood chapter that it baffles me how it could, especially by the so called "enlightened" and non-believers claiming they KNOW the bible. I agree that the commandments in the NT are the most overlooked commandments in the bible. They are few but encompass all the commandments in the Book. Thanks for pointing this out and reminding some of us of these commandments.