Walking With the Lord
When Jesus said, “Follow me,” He was expressing the goal of God in all creation – God walking with man in perfect fellowship.
The purpose of all of Christ’s teachings is to instruct us in how to achieve this marvelous privilege. We must delight in His Word and understand His way of thinking. We must learn His ways and do His work in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Each of the forty-nine* commands of Christ express an important aspect of our walk with the Lord and our love for others. Loving God and loving others must be the central focus of this study, because that is the sum total of all Christ’s teaching and of all the rest of the Scriptures.
(*Jesus gave many commands; however, this group of commands was chosen to represent the basic “curriculum” that Christ gave His disciples – commands that we are to keep and teach others in order to be His disciples.)”
Keeping Christ’s Commands
Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (see John 14:15.) The Greek word tereo, translated “keep,” means to guard, protect, watch over, observe closely, and hold fast.
During the days of celestial navigation, mariners would maintain a course in the vast waters by keeping the stars at a certain position, using them to guide the ship toward its destination.
Jesus used this concept when He told His disciples to keep His commands. The commands are fixed “lights” that can be trusted to guide us through the storms of life. If we follow them, we will arrive at our destination safely, bearing much fruit.
As we keep Christ’s commands before us, we will be more ready to live them out. “But thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein” (Joshua 1:8; see also Leviticus 20:8).”
Rewards for Keeping Christ’s Commands
• God will reveal Himself to us.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
• God will dwell in us.
“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.” (John 14:23)
• We will receive God’s love.
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” (John 15:10)
• We will know we love God.
“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.” (1 John 2:3-5)”
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
• We will love others.
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.” (1 John 5:2)
• Christ will be our Friend.
“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14)
• Our prayers will be answered.
“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John 3:22)
• We will be disciples.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
• We will have true joy.
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
• We will be purified.
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3)
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
• We will have peace.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)”