Christian LivingThe Commandments of Jesus
A Christian Living Article from Guide to Kingdom Living

Compiled and published by Evang. J. S. McConnell in 1925. This copy is being made available in 1999 by his son, John McConnell, founder of Earth Day

Jesus, in the Gospels, laid down the great foundational principles and laws to govern the children of God during the entire church age – "even unto the end of the world," as we see from His great commission as recorded in Matt; 28:18-20. Our great duty and privilege is to do as He said, "Follow Me."

We see the practical results which followed the keeping of His commandments in the great revivals as recorded in the book of Acts. Further explanations and application of the commandments of Jesus are given by the Lord through the writers of the epistles, but the foundational principles and the final authority rests in the words of Jesus Himself. In the book of Revelation Jesus gives His final warnings, reproofs, instructions and encouragements to the Church.

An outline of the Commandments of Jesus, under twenty-one principles is given below. Examine yourself by these. Read over these words of our Lord and take an inventory often. See if you are, in truth, pleasing God, or if you are deceiving yourself. God, the heavenly Father, loved you so much that He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for you (see John 3:16). He will help you if you humble yourself, are willing to follow Jesus, and will earnestly seek HIM.

Ask God to help you understand the teachings of Jesus, and to live them out in your life. Salvation and the true Christian life is a gigantic love affair. It is not by merely keeping the letter of the Word that we will please God; we must keep the spirit of the two great commandments all through our lives, and remember that these two great principles are given to guide us in knowing just how God would have us apply the teachings of His Holy Word. Here are the two great foundational commandments: "Jesus said…Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matt.22:37-40.



1. "Repent" Matt. 4:17; Rev. 2:5
2. "Come unto Me" Matt. 11:28
3. "Seek first God and His righteousness" Matt. 6:33
4. "Forgive if ye have ought against any" Mark 11:25
5. "Deny Yourself" Matt. 16:24
6. "Ask…seek…knock" Matt. 7:7
7. "Strive to enter in at the strait gate" Luke 13:24


1. "Believe the Gospel" Mark. 1:15
2. "Ye believe in God, believe also in Me" John 14:1
3. "Believe on Him who He (God) hath sent" John 6:28-29
4. "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me" John 14:11
5. "Believe the works…I do" John 10:37-38
6. "While ye have light believe in the light" John 12:36
7. "Believe that ye receive" Mark 11:24


1. "Ye must be born again" John 3:7
2. "Cleanse first that which is within" Matt. 23:26
3. "Make the tree good, and his fruit good" Matt. 12:33
4. "Abide in Me and I in you" John 15:4
5. "Have salt in yourselves" Mark 9:50
6. "Labor…for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life" John 6:27
7. "Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven" Luke 10:20


1. "Receive ye the Holy Ghost" John 20:23
2. "Let the children first be filled" Mark 7:27
3. "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink" John 7:37-39
4. "Keep my commandments and…the Father…shall give you another Comforter" John 14:15-17
5. "Ask…with importunity" John 16:24; Luke11:5-13
6. "Tarry…until ye be endued with power from on high" Luke 24:49
7. "When the Comforter is come…He shall testify of Me: and ye also shall bear witness" John 15:26-27


1. "Follow Me" John 12:26
2. "Be baptized" Matt. 3:13-15; Matt. 28:19
3. "Take this…(communion) in remembrance of Me" Luke 22:17-19
4. "Ye also ought to wash one another’s feet" John 13:14-15
5. "If any man will come after Me…let him take up his cross daily" Luke 9:23
6. "Learn of Me" Matt. 11:29
7. "Continue ye in My love" John 15:9


1. "Pray always" Luke 21:36
2. "Pray that ye enter not into temptation" Luke 22:40, 46
3. "Pray…the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers" Luke 10:2
4. "Pray for them which despitefully use you" Luke 6:28
5. "Pray to the Father…in my name" Matt. 6:6; John16:24,26
6. "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father, which art in heaven…" Matt. 6:9-13
7. "When ye pray, use not vain repetitions" Matt. 6:7-8


1. "Have faith in God" Mark 11:22
2. "Be not faithless" John 20:27
3. "Neither be ye of doubtful mind" Luke 12:29
4. "Take no thought for your life" Matt. 6:25-34
5. "Let not your heart be troubled" John 14:1,27
6. "Be of good cheer" Matt. 14:27
7. "Be not afraid" Mark 5:36: Luke 12:4-7


1. "Search the scriptures" John 5:39
2. "Remember the word that I said" John 15:20
3. "Let these sayings sink down into your ears" Luke 9:44
4. "Take heed therefore how ye hear" Luke 8:18
5. "Take heed what ye hear" Mark 4:24
6. "Beware of the leaven (doctrine) of the Pharisees" Matt.16:6, 12
7. "Beware of false prophets" Matt. 7:15-17


1. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works" Matt. 5:16
2. "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness" Luke 11:35
3. "Go and bring forth fruit, and …bear much fruit" John 15:16, 8
4. "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father" Luke 6:36
5. "Tell…how great things the Lord hath done for thee" Mark 5:19
6. "Lift up you eyes, and look on the fields" John 4:35
7. "Walk while you have the light" John 12:35


1. "Hold fast till I come" Rev. 2:25; Rev. 3:2-3
2. "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh" Luke 12:40
3. "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord" Luke 12:35-36
4. "Take heed…lest…your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life" Luke 21:34
5. "Remember Lot’s wife" Luke 17:31-32
6. "Take heed that ye be not deceived" Luke 21:8; Mark 13:5-6
7. "Watch" Mark 13:34-37


1. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…soul…mind…strength" Mark 12:30
2. "God, and Him only shalt thou serve" Matt. 4:10
3. "Worship the Father in spirit and in truth" John 4:23-24
4. "Call no man your father upon the Earth" Matt. 23:9
5. "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" Matt. 4:7
6. "Fear Him (God) which…hath power to cast into hell" Luke 12:5
7. "All men should honor the Son" John 5:22-23


1. "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s" Mark 12:17
2. "Swear not at all" Matt.5:34-37; Mark 4:22
3. "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" Matt. 19:5-6
4. "Agree with thine adversary quickly" Matt. 5:25
5. "We saw one casting out devils in thy name…Forbid him not" Mark 9:38-40
6. "Eat such things as are set before you" Luke 10:8
7. "Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost" John 6:12


1. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" Matt.19:17-19
2. "Thou shalt do no murder" Matt. 19:18
3. "Thou shalt not commit adultery" Matt. 19:18
4. "Thou shalt not steal" Matt. 19:18
5. "Thou shalt not bear false witness" Matt. 19:18
6. "Honor thy father and thy mother" Matt. 19:19
7. "As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" Luke 6:31


1. "Take heed and beware of covetousness" Luke 12:15
2. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth… but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven" Matt. 6:19-20
3. "Ye pay tithe…and not leave (them) undone" Matt.23:23
4. "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away" Matt. 5:42
5. "Give alms of such things as ye have" Luke 11:41
6. "When thou makest a not thy friends, nor thy brethren…but….call the poor" Luke 14:12-13
7. "Make yourselves friends of the mammon…" Luke 16:9


1. "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy" Luke 12:1
2. "Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes" Luke 20:46-47
3. "Do not ye after their works" Matt. 23:2-3
4. "Make not My Father’s house an house of merchandise" John 2:16
5. "Do not your alms before men, to be seen of them" Matt.6:1-4
6. "When thou prayest thou shalt not be as the hypocrites… to be seen of men…enter into thy closet and secret" Matt. 6:5-6
7. "When thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast" Matt. 6:16-18


1. "Take my yoke upon you…for I am meek and lowly in heart" Matt. 11:29
2. "The princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them… but it shall not be so among you" Matt. 20:25-26
3. "Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all" Mark 10:43-44
4. "Be not ye called Rabbi" Matt. 23:8
5. "Sit not down in the highest room" Luke 14:8-11
6. "Rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you" Luke 10:20
7. "Say, we are unprofitable servants" Luke 17:10


1. "Love one another as I have loved you" John 15:12
2. "Despise not one of these little ones" Matt. 18:10-14
3. "Have peace one with another … and be reconciled to thy brother" Mark 9:50; Matt. 5:23-24
4. "If thy brother…trespass against thee go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone" Matt. 18:15-17
5. "If thy brother trespass against thee seven times a day… thou shalt forgive him" Luke 17:3-4; Matt. 18:21-22
6. "Judge not according to appearance… first cast the beam out of thine own eye" John 7:24; Matt. 7:1-5
7. "Condemn not" Luke 6:37


1. "Be ye therefore perfect" Matt. 5:48
2. "Sell that ye have and give alms" Matt. 19:21; Luke 12:32-33
3. "Love your enemies" Matt. 5:44; Matt. 26:52
4. "Do good to them which hate you" Luke 6:27-28
5. "Lend, hoping for nothing again" Luke 6:35
6. "Resist not evil" Matt. 5:39-41
7. "In your patience posses ye your souls" Luke 21:19


1. "Be thou faithful unto death" Rev. 2:10
2. "Hold that fast which thou hast" Rev. 3:11
3. "When men shall revile you, and persecute you,…rejoice, and be exceeding glad" Matt. 5:11-12; Luke 6:23
4. "When they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another" Matt. 10:23
5. "When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak" Matt. 10:19
6. "Murmur not among yourselves" John 6:41-43
7. "Look up and lift up your hands" Luke 21:28


1. "Preach the gospel to every creature" Mark. 16:15; Matt.10:7
2. "Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His (Christ’s) name" Luke 24:46-47
3. "Baptize disciples, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost" Matt. 28:19
4. "Teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded" Matt. 28:20
5. "What I tell you … that speak" Matt. 10:27; Mark 4:22
6. "Feed my sheep" John 21:15-17
7. "Heal the sick" Matt. 10:8


1. "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" Matt. 10:16
2. "Beware of men" Matt. 10:17
3. "Let (the blind leaders) alone" Matt. 15:12-14
4. "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine" Matt. 7:6
5. "Consider the lilies… how they grow" Matt. 6:28
6. "Whatsoever city … ye shall enter, inquire who is worthy; and there abide … Go not from house to house" Matt. 10:11-13; Luke 10:5-7
7. "Whosoever will not receive you … shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them" Luke 9:5; Luke 10:10-11

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