Why Focus on Learning Christ’s Commandments?

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But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.  When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16 to 20 NASB

Here is one of the last instructions Christ gives before His ascension to the Right Hand of God the Father.  Jesus first tells His disciples that he has been given sovereignty of creation (that is the heavens and earth).  Next Jesus commands His disciples to take three actions:

  1. Go and make disciples of all the nations,
  2. Baptize new disciples in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and
  3. Teach new disciples all of His commandments.

Guy’s Good News addresses the first two actions.  It is my prayer that the translation bar will help share The Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who cannot read English.  The rest of this web site is focused on the third action, to teach Christ’s Commandments.  When you come to understand that the writers of the New Testament were also focused on obeying this instruction, your understanding of Scriptures will increase.

There are two principles that can help increase your understanding of New Testament Scriptures:

  • Consider the Scriptures in chronological order.  First Christ taught in person as documented in the four Gospels.  Next is the Book of Acts takes us through the early days of the Church.  The first set of new instructions, after Christ’s ascension, is James.  James provides foundational information regarding the roll of Christ’s Commandments (called the Law of Liberty) and Spiritual growth (which is gained through testing). 
  • All the Epistles (Books after the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) build on the Commandments taught by Christ and recorded in Gospels.  The Epistles explain and enhance Christ’s Commandments.  The Epistles are never in conflict or take away from Christ’s Commandments.

The role of Christ’s Commandments is to identify sin.  The role of the Holy Spirit and our new spiritual birth is to overcome sin.  When we are under the control of the spirit, we will obey Christ’s Commandments.  God the Son is never in conflict with God the Holy Spirit.

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