Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Commandments of Jesus, the King

The
Commandments
of Jesus, the King

In which are included the commandments of his ambassadors, concerning which he said, "He that heareth you, heareth me"; and Paul, "The things that I write are the commandments of the Lord."


"Ye are my friends if ye do
whatsoever I command you"

"Teach them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded"

"If ye know these things,
happy are ye, if ye do them"

"Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom,
but he that doeth the will of my Father"

"If ye keep my commandments,
ye shall abide in my love"



I. CONCERNING HIS GOD
1.Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and all thy strength, and all thy mind (Matthew 22:37).
2.Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body (Matthew 10:28).
3.Glory in the Lord; not in man (1 Corinthians 3:21; 2 Corinthians 10:17).
4.Be imitators of God; be like Him in His kindness to the undeserving (Matthew 5:45-48; Ephesians 5:1).
5.Pray to God always and faint not (Luke 18:1; Matthew 7:7; 26:41; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 4:16); pray with brevity and simplicity (Matthew 6:7); pray secretly (Matthew 6:6).
6.Have faith in God; cast your care upon Him: He knows your need and will provide (Mark 11:22; Matthew 6:25; Philippians 4:6, 1 Peter 5:7).
7.Give yourselves to His service without reserve, recognizing that you cannot serve God and Mammon (Matthew 6:24; Romans 12:1).
8.In everything give thanks to Him for this is His will and pleasure concerning you (Ephesians 5:20 ; Colossians 3:15, 17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:15).
9.Recognize Him in all your ways, saying concerning your purposes "if the Lord will" (James 4:15; Proverbs 3:6).
10.Come out from the world and be separate unto Him, as His sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).



II. CONCERNING JESUS, THE KING
11.Let him dwell in your heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17).
12.Give him a higher place than father, mother, husband, wife, children, relations, houses, and lands (Luke 14 26; Matthew 10:37).
13.Set your affections upon him, and not upon the present world at all (Colossians 3:1-4; 1 John 2:15).
14.Take him for an example and follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21-23; John 13:15).
15.Abide in him: do not let him slip from your memory and affections (John 15:7; Hebrews 2:1).
16.Call him to remembrance in the Lords supper (Matthew 26:26-27; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34; Acts 2:42, 46; 20:7).
17.Be not ashamed to confess him before men, (Luke 12:8; Mark 8:38; 2 Timothy 1:8), at the same time taking care to expose not your holy things to the profane (Matthew 7:6).
18.Aim to be in a state of continual readiness for his coming. With this in view, be on your guard against the engrossments of business, the cares of life, and the allurements of pleasure (Matthew 24:14; Luke 12:35-37; 14:26; 2 Peter 3:14).
19.Endure to the end, submitting to hardship if the necessary consequence (Matthew 24:13; 2 Timothy 2:3).
20.Hold fast your confidence and rejoicing in him till you die or he come (Revelation 2:10-25; Hebrews 3:14).



III. CONCERNING BRETHREN AND SISTERS
21.Love one another with a pure heart fervently (John 13:34; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22; 4:8; 1 John 3:14-19).
22.Brethren not to exercise lordship over one another; the greatest to be as the youngest; he that is chief as he that doth serve; the Kings example the illustration of what is meant (Matthew 23:11; Luke 22:26-27; John 13:13-17).
23.Not to be angry without righteous cause; and to take care lest anger even in that case lead to sin (Matthew 5:22; Ephesians 4:26; Colossians 3:8).
24.In case of breach, to seek reconciliation and exercise forgiveness to the utmost extent (Matthew 5:24; 18:35; Colossians 3:13).
25.In case of sin (known or heard of) speak not of it to others, but tell the offending brother of the matter between thee and him alone, with a view to recovery (Matthew 18:15; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20).
26.Grudge not: Judge not: condemn not one another (Matthew 7:1; Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; James 4:11).
27.Shut not your ear to the needy: relieve the afflicted (Acts 20:35; Romans 12:13; James 2:16; Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:17).
28.To seek not your own welfare only, nor bear your own burdens merely, but have regard to those of others (Philippians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 10:24; Galatians 6:2).
29.Be of one mind, and follow the things that make for peace (1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Peter 3:8; Romans 14:19).
30.Confess your sins one to another (James 5:16).


IV. CONCERNING THE STRANGER
31.Let your light shine before men (Matthew 5:16; 10:32-33). Hold forth the Word of Life (Philippians 2:16). Say to the perishing, Come (Revelation 22:17).
32.Agree with your adversary quickly, submitting even to wrong for the sake of peace (Matthew 5:25; 1 Corinthians 6:7; Romans 12:18-19).
33.Do good to all men as opportunity may allow. The Samaritan succoured a stranger in distress: "Go thou and do likewise." If even thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink (Galatians 6:10; Luke 6:27-28; 10:37; Romans 12:20; Matthew 5:44).
34.Pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44).
35.Recompense to no man evil for evil (Romans 12:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:15); render not evil for evil or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing (1 Peter 3:9); bless, and curse not (Romans 12:14).
36.Resist not evil with evil; avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath (Matthew 5:39-40; Luke 6:29-30; Romans 12:19).
37.Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
38.As ye would that men should do unto you, do ye also so to them (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31).
39.Walk not as other Gentiles walk (Ephesians 4:17): have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:7-11): be not conformed to this world (Romans 12:2): come out from among them and be ye separate (2 Corinthians 6:17).
40.Walk honestly toward them that are without; give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully; be blameless and harmless, as the sons of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (1 Thessalonians 4:12; 1 Timothy 5:14; Philippians 2:15).


V. CONCERNING CHARACTER
41.Be ye holy in all manner of conversation (1 Peter 1:15-16): without holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
42.Be wise as serpents, harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16; Philippians 2:15): not fools (Ephesians 5:15-17): gentle, meek, kindhearted, compassionate, merciful, forgiving (2 Timothy 2:24; Titus 2:2; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12; Matthew 18:35).
43.Old and young to be sober, grave, sincere and temperate (Philippians 4:5; Titus 2:2,7; 1 Peter 1:13; 5:8).
44.To be hearty in everything. "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men" (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:23).
45.To be watchful, vigilant, brave, joyful, courteous, and manly (1 Corinthians 16:13; Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:6,8,10; 2 Peter 1:5-7).
46.Be sympathetic with others both in their sorrows and in their joys (Romans 12:5).
47.All of you be clothed with humility, not proud, minding not high things, but condescending to men of low estate (Luke 14:11-13; Romans 11:20; 12:3-16; Philippians 2:3; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 5:5-6).
48.Be patient towards all, especially the weak and erring (Romans 12:10; 14:1; 15:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:14); put away anger, wrath, bitterness, and all evil speaking (Ephesians 4:31; 1 Peter 2:1).
49.Follow after whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseful (Philippians 4:8); abhor and abstain from every form of evil (Romans 12:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).
50.Things not to be named, still less practised, among saints: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, drunkenness, covetousness, wrath, strife, sedition, hatred, emulation, boasting, vain glory, envy, jesting, foolish talking (Ephesians 5:3-4; Galatians 5:19-21).



VI. CONCERNING ACTIONS
51.Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:3; Colossians 3:17).
52.Live no longer the rest of your time in the indulgence of the lusts of the flesh, but in doing the will of God (1 Peter 4:2): reckon yourselves dead to sin but alive to righteousness (Romans 6:11) doing the will of God from the heart (Ephesians 6:6) henceforth live not unto yourselves, but unto him who died for you and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15).
53.Be zealous of good works, always abounding in the work of the Lord, wearying not in welldoing (Titus 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; Hebrews 6:11; Galatians 6:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13).
54.Beware of false teachers (Matthew 7:15; Philippians 3:2; 1 John 4:1).
55.Beware of covetousness; lay not up treasure upon earth: be ready to every good work (Luke 12:15; Matthew 6:19; Titus 3:1; Hebrews 13:5).
56.Give to him that asketh, and to him that is in need, visiting the fatherless and the widow in their afflictions; and give liberally and cheerfully, remembering that the Lord loveth a cheerful giver, and is well pleased with such sacrifices (Matthew 5:42; Romans 12:13; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Hebrews 13:16; James 1:27).
57.Do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth (Matthew 6:1-4).
58.Labour not to be rich: having food and raiment, be content (1 Timothy 6:8; John 6:27; Matthew 6:19).
59.Riches are dangerous if they come to your hand, turn them into safeguards and friends by using them liberally in the Lord's service, whose stewards we are (1 Timothy 6:10,17-19; Luke 12:18-21; 16:9-13; 1 Peter 4:10).
60.Walk in the spirit: walk worthily; put off the old man of the flesh: put on the new man renewed in knowledge after the divine image (Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:24; 5:8-19; Colossians 3:9).
61.Cleanse yourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Your bodies are members of the King, and God's temple; if any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy (2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 3:16- 17; 6:15-20).
62.Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14; Romans 12:18; 14:19; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 4:3).
63.Please your neighbour for his good to edification, not seeking your own profit, but the profit of many that they might be saved (Romans 15:2; 1 Corinthians 10:33).
64.Do all things without murmuring and disputing (Philippians 2:14).
65.Speak evil of no man; be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men (Titus 3:2).
66.Be swift to hear; slow to speak; slow to wrath (James 1:19).
67.Depart from all iniquity: let none of you suffer as an evil doer, or as a busybody in other men's matters (2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Peter 4:15).
68.If any man suffer according to the will of God, let him commit the keeping of his soul to Him in well-doing, not rendering evil for evil, but rejoicing that he is a partaker of the Kings sufferings (1 Peter 4:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 4:13).
69.Drive away youthful lusts, but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22).
70.Let the word of the King dwell in you richly, desire it with the ardour of a new-born babe for its mother's milk; meditate on these things; give thyself wholly to them (Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:15).
71.Pay your debts: owe no man anything, but to love one another. (Romans 13:7-8).
72.Be subject to rulers: obey magistrates: submit to every law and ordinance of man, except where they come into conflict with the law of the King (Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Romans 13:6; Acts 4:19).



VII. CONCERNING THOUGHTS AND SPEECH
73.The harbouring of unlawful desire is divinely reckoned as guilty action. It is forbidden (Matthew 5:27-28).
74.Mortify, therefore, or hold in subjection, your members which are upon earth (Colossians 3:5; Galatians 5:24; 1 Corinthians 9:27).
75.Remove all causes of spiritual stumbling, or hindrance from your path, even at the risk of pain and loss (Matthew 5:29; Hebrews 12:1).
76.Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt; let no filthy communication proceed out of your mouth, but sound speech, with gravity, and sincerity and simplicity (Matthew 5:37; Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:8; 4:6; Titus 2:7-8).
77.Those who preach must preach God's messages (1 Peter 4:11).
78.Speak every man truth with his neighbour; lie not one to another (Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9).
79.Swear not at all: let your communication be yea, yea, and nay, nay (Matthew 5:34-36; James 5:12).
80.Out of the same mouth ought not to proceed blessing and cursing (James 3:10).



VIII. CONCERNING MATRIMONIAL RELATIONS
81.At liberty to marry whom you will, only be it a follower of the King (1 Corinthians 7:39).
82.Husbands not to put away his wife without a divorce, since it will lead to adultery (Matthew 19:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:10) which will exclude from the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9).
83.A husband or wife becoming a believer without the other, not to leave the other, if he or she consent to a peaceable life (1 Corinthians 7: 12-15).
84.Husbands to love, honour, and cherish their wives (Ephesians 5:25; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7).
85.Wives to love, submit to, and obey their husbands like the Church is subject to the King (Ephesians 5:23-24; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1).



IX. CONCERNING PARENTS AND CHILDREN
86.Parents to bring up their children in the enlightenment of the truth, and to have them in subjection with all gravity (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21; 1 Timothy 3:3-4).
87.Children to obey their parents in all things (Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20).



X. CONCERNING MASTERS AND SERVANTS
88.Masters to be kind, just and considerate (Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1).
89.Servants to be obedient in all things to their masters, not with eye service as menpleasers, but with all faithfulness as unto the King, even if the master happen to be a bad one (Ephesians 6:5-8; Colossians 3:22; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; 1 Peter 2:18). But servants are at liberty to leave (1 Corinthians 7:21).
90.If the master be a brother, the servant (also a brother or sister), instead of rendering a slacker service on that account, is to show a greater measure of obedience (1 Timothy 6:2).



XI. CONCERNING DISOBEDIENT BRETHREN
91.If any man obey not the King and His ambassadors commands, the brethren to have no company with him (2 Thessalonians 3:14).
92.To avoid those causing divisions (Romans16:17).
93.To withdraw from everyone walking disorderly, or not in accordance with the Kings precept (2 Thessalonians 3:6).
94.To put away wicked persons (1 Corinthians 5:11).
95.To reject or receive not into fellowship those who consent not to the doctrine or the commandments of Jesus, the King (2 John 8-10; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; Titus 3:10).
96.If any will not work, he is not to be relieved (2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 5:8).



XIII. CONCERNING THE ASSEMBLIES OF THE BRETHREN
97.All things to be done decently, and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).
98.All things to be done in love, and in mutual submission (1 Corinthians 16:14; 1 Peter 5:5).
99.Sisters to dress modestly and in sobriety (1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 3:3-4).
100.―The brethren at liberty on all questions of eating and drinking, and the observance of days (Colossians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 10:25; Romans 14:5-7), except that they are not at liberty to do anything inconsistent with holiness, or the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Hebrews 12:14).

Version 2.0
Original by Robert Roberts

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