The Commands of Jesus

Followers of Jesus obey His commands. That is inherent in the concept of followership. Obedience is also frequently stressed in the Bible.

The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) commands that Christians teach new Christians to obey everything that Jesus commanded. Discipleship is, therefore, fundamentally about obedience to Jesus' commands. When pressed many Christians can often think of few commands from Jesus' lips. In fact, there are many. Disciple-making requires that we know what they are so that we can teach their observance.

What Jesus Demands Of The World, John Piper (free pdf download)

This book lists the commands and then has a chapter on each one.

George Patterson's Commands Of Christ - 7 basic commands used to disciple new Christians

New Testament Commands i.e. more than just Jesus' commands

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Types of commands

Imperative - Some are direct commands. They use the imperative voice.

Indirect - Example: the imperative in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) is "make disciples" but there are three other participles: go, baptise and teach to obey. They support the imperative and describe how disciples are to be made. Although they are not imperatives, it is clear that disciples of Jesus are indirectly commanded to go, baptise and teach to obey.

Even the two greatest commandments (e.g. Matthew 22:34-40) do not employ the imperative but clearly are commands.

Implied - Example - Matthew 11:20-24: Jesus denounced the towns of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum because they had not repented. They are not directly commanded to repent but the implication is obvious.

Referenced - There are passages which do not contain a command of Christ but refer to His commands.

The links below generally lead to a paragraph rather than just the command so that the command can be seen in context.