The faith of Christianity is a blessed one. This is because we’ve all been called even before the beginning of the world. God knows all things that will happen to us.
Before we were born, he already knows the path we would follow. We’ve only known Jesus because he has called us.
Therefore, you’ve not been called into the faith by your own decision. Christ, through his mercy, have called us into his precious faith.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16
Paul, the apostle of Christ, knew this also. While writing to the Christians at Ephesians, he said
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:3-6
We’ve all by his grace been predestinated to serve him. Because he loves us, he expects that we should love him too. This is because he laid down his life for our sake. That through him we will have eternal life.
We have not seen Christ physically, yet he demands that we love him. He said, “If you love me keep my commandment.” Following the instructions and commandments of Jesus is the only way to identify with his Love.
The old testament commandments
Before the coming of Jesus, The Almighty God instructed the Israelites to keep his commandments.
Now, therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel Exodus 19:5-6
These commandments of God were written down for the Israelites after God delivered them from Egypt. In summary here are God commandments in the old testament. (Exodus 20, 21, 22)
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
- Honor thy father and thy mother
- Thou shalt not kill
- Thou shalt not commit adultery
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
- Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s house)
- Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s wife)
- Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s slaves, animals, or anything else)
Through the prophet Moses, God instructed the Jews to follow his commandments. They were to live in accordance with the Laws and obey them. Those that followed these laws were God’s people.
The Mosiac Laws aimed to bring us closer to Christ. Paul knew this when he said
Before the coming of this faith,we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:23-24
The new Era and end of the Mosiac Laws
The Israelites obeyed the Laws of Moses. These laws instilled the fear of God in their minds. However, this all changed through the death of Christ.
Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith Galatians 3:25-26
The coming and death of Christ have lifted us from the curse of the law, and we are set free into righteousness through faith. If we believe that Christ died for us, we will be saved.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole. Galatians 3:13
“If you love me keep my commandments” – What did Jesus Christ mean?
When Christ came, He instructed us to keep his commandment (new set of rules). Commandments are divine instructions from God. If we do not follow them, we are definitely going against our Lord.
If you love me, keep my commands John 14: 15 (NIV)
If you love me keep my commandments (KJV)
So, what are Jesus commandments?
To always be on the side of Christ, we must obey his laws and walk the way he walked on earth. Before his death of the cross, he instructed the apostles to follow his instructions. His new commandment is “Love.”
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35
Christ has come to the world because of the love of the father. He understood that his father loves us so much. That through love, he was sent to redeem us back into his ways.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
How can we Love God
The Love of Christ comes in two ways. You must love his ways and love your neighbor. If you do not love your neighbor, there is no way you can say you love God.
God is instructing us to always be at peace with those around us. We should learn to forgive. We should not cause our friends harm. At all times, we should support our friends and brothers in difficulties.
For example, if we sincerely love someone, we will not want to kill them. We will not take their wife. We also will not steal from them. If we say we love God, we will not serve other gods. We will not love the things of this world.
This means all laws in the Old Testament are now fulfilled in Loving one another. Paul knew this too and said,
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself Galatians 5:14
However, if we fail to accept and love our neighbors, then we are not true Christians. In the first epistle of John, he said, if we hate our brothers, there is no way we can claim to love God.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20
If we fail to keep the commandment of love, we are only liars to ourselves. We can not claim to love God when we obviously do not follow his commandments.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4
Keep my commandments Bible Verses Explained
1. 1 John 2:3-5 on perfecting ourselves by keeping the word
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him
We cannot claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and live in sin. We must at all times understand God’s purpose and laws. To serve him, we must obey him. This simply means we must walk in the spirit and love our friends and brothers.
If we do this, we can proudly say we are on God’s side. We can expect God protection because we are his people. We can also expect salvation and eternal glory in the next life which we all hope for.
2. 1 John 5:2-3 Gods laws are not weighty
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
The word “commandment” might seem oppressive. However, God’s laws are not. It is so easy to keep. If you can simply love your neighbor as yourself, you have kept the whole of God’s commandment. We must, therefore, obey God’s laws for our own blessings.
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6
Therefore, it is so simple to keep God’s laws. For example, if you steal from a friend, you only need to stop. If you always take your brothers properties, you need to stop. If you’ve never assisted the poor at your gates, you need to show love to them.
It’s quite easy to show your love for Christ through your works. Keeping his laws are easy and bring peace to mind.
3. John 14:21-24 on following the word of Christ
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
Jesus Christ was sent by the father to die for our sins. God the father and son work for one purpose. If we work in the same purpose of our heavenly father, then he will be with us.
We must keep the laws of Christ. Doing this means we will receive blessings from him.