New Testament Commands
Most people are very familiar with the Old Testament Commands, especially the 10 Commandments, but there are quite a few Commands in the New Testament. I’ve attempted to list and organize these. This can be used as a reference article, but the Bible also charges us to keep these Commands so we should be very familiar with them.
An Initial Warning about keeping Commands:
NIV Romans 3:20
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
NIV Hebrews 1:3
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
We are set right with God thru grace not works, we stay right not thru projects or effort but thru submissive obedience, thru extended Grace. Our job is to obey God’s Word and his Holy Spirit.
Verses Calling Us to Obey the Commands:
CEV Mat 5;19-20
If you reject even the least important command in the Law and teach others to do the same, you will be the least important person in the kingdom of heaven. But if you obey and teach others its commands, you will have an important place in the kingdom. 20You must obey God’s commands better than the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law obey them. If you don’t, I promise you that you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
Amp John 15:14
You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.
NIV Matthew 28:20
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
NIV 1 John 2:4
If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth
NIV 1 John 3:24
Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.
The greatest commands:
NIV Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus replied, ” ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
The 10 and their New Testament Refinements:
1. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
2. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
3. 7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
4. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
5. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
6. 13 “You shall not murder.
[CEV Mat 5: 21You know that our ancestors were told, “Do not murder” and “A murderer must be brought to trial.” 22But I promise you that if you are angry with someone, you will have to stand trial. If you call someone a fool, you will be taken to court. And if you say that someone is worthless, you will be in danger of the fires of hell.]
7. 14 “You shall not commit adultery.
[CEV Mat 5: 27You know the commandment which says, “Be faithful in marriage.” 28But I tell you that if you look at another woman and want her, you are already unfaithful in your thoughts.
1 Corinthians 7:10 But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. 11 But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.]
8. 15 “You shall not steal .
9. 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Love Related Commands
NIV John 13:34
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
NIV John 15:12
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
NIV Romans 13:9
For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
NIV Galatians 5:14
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
NIV 1 John 2:7
[A New Commandment] Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for
you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before.
NIV 1 John 3:23
And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.
NIV 2 John 1:6
Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
Evangelism Related Commands
NIV Acts 13:47
For the Lord gave us this command when he said,‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’ ”
NIV Romans 16:26
But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him.
NIV 1 Corinthians 14:26,37 ‘Orderly Worship’ 26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. … 37 If you claim to be a prophet or think you are spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself.
Obedience Related Commands
NIV Acts 17:30 ‘God not an idol, but Lord.’
“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.
NIV 2 Thessalonians 3:6
[An Exhortation to Proper Living] And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us.
NIV 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”
NIV 2 Thessalonians 3:12
We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.
NIV 1 Timothy 5:21
‘Advice about Widows, Elders, and Slaves’ – support relatives first, only good older widows should be dedicated to church, Elders who teach should get double rewards, need 2-3 witnesses against elders, don’t rush to appoint church leaders & slaves should respect their masters.’ … I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the holy angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.
NIV 1 Timothy 6:11-14
‘Final Instructions’ 11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. …14that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
NIV 2 Tim 2:14
Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.
AMP 2 Tim 2:14 Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers. 15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
NIV 2 Peter 2:21
It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
NIV 2 John 1:4
[Live in the Truth] How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.
May these commands live in your Heart