Commandments of Christ

"Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you." - John 15:14

"Teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded." - Matthew 28:20

If ye know these things, happy are ye, if ye do them." - John 13:17

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom, but he that doeth the will of my Father." - Matthew 7:21

"Be doers of the Word, not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." - James 1:22

"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar." - 1 John 2:4


Popular theology has reduced the commandments of Christ and his Apostles to a practical nullity. It has totally obscured the principle of obedience as the basis of our acceptance with God in Christ, by its doctrine of "justification by faith alone", and that, too, of the most momentary character in the hour of death. It is part of the modern restitution of primitive apostolic ways, to recognize distinctly, that while faith turns a sinner into a saint, obedience only will secure a saint's acceptance at the judgment seat of Christ; and that a disobedient saint will be rejected more decisively than even an unjustified sinner.

The rule or standard of obedience is to be found in the commandments of Christ. Christ speaks very plainly on this subject in the statements quoted above. They are summed up in this saying of his -- "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love." - John 15:10

Before we can keep his commandments, we must know them; and in order to know them to any purpose, we must remember them. This list is intended as a help to the memory. The commandments are picked out from the apostolic writings, and printed in a form convenient to remember, so that they may be often looked at and imprinted on the mind.

Robert Roberts.


Love your enemies; do good to them that hate you Matt 5:44 Resist not evil; if a man smite thee on one cheek, turn to him the other also Matt 5:30-40 Avenge not yourselves: rather give place unto wrath: and suffer yourselves to be defrauded Rom 12:18-19 If a man take away thy goods, ask them not again Luke 6:29-30 Agree with your adversary quickly, submitting even to wrong for the sake of peace Matt 5:25;
1 Cor 6:7
Labour not to be rich: be ready to every good work, give to those who ask: relieve the afflicted 1 Tim 6:8;
Rom 12:13;
Heb 8:16;
Jas 1:27
Do not your alms before men: Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth Matt 6:1-4 Recompense to no man evil for evil: overcome evil with good Rom 12:17 Bless them that curse you; let no cursing come out of your mouth Matt 5:44;
Rom 12:14
Render not evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing 1 Pet 3:19 Pray for them that despitefully use you and afflict you Matt 5:44 Grudge not: judge not: complain not: condemn not Jas 5:9;
Matt 7:1
Put away anger, wrath, bitterness, and all evil speaking Eph 4:31;
1 Pet 2:1
Confess your faults one to another Jas 5:16 Be not conformed to this world: love not the world Rom 12:2;
1 John 2:15
Deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts. If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off Tit 2:13;
Matt 5:30
Servants, be faithful, even to bad masters Eph 6:5-8 Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate Rom 12:16 Owe no man anything Rom 13:7-8 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 Matt 18:15;
Gal 6:1