So before we review the specific commands of Jesus, I wanted to ask what kind of commands Jesus gives before listing them.
I found three types of commands used by Jesus.
First, he uses his own direct commands that he identifies using the word “command” or “commandment.”
Second, Jesus used direct commands from God spoken through Jesus that we are to acknowledge.
And third, Jesus uses implied commands based on strong teachings using imperative verbs, leaving no wiggle room in response.
We will look at the commands of Jesus in these three categories over the next three posts.
Why is this important? Because we started this series with the observation that the final part of his “Great Commission” in Matthew 28 is often ignored and rarely preached. I called it the “Great Omission” and this became the fundamental premise of my book.
Before next time, take a run through the Four Gospels and see how many commands of Jesus you can find, and see if you can classify them in these categories.
They sit down and pray about whether you take them as commands or as nice suggestions.