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The Patternists: How to Establish the Pattern – Commands

patternist-2.pngIn the next few, short articles I will write, I intend to discuss the ways we can ascertain God’s pattern for us today. Each article will be a concise affirmation of a particular aspect of that pattern, so more detailed discussion will have to wait for the comments, later articles by me, or the writings of other men.

The first principle is a simple one, easily understood. We can know what God requires of us, and the limits He places upon our behavior, by the explicit commands He reveals to us. As one wag said, “They are the 10 commandments, not the 10 suggestions!”

Put concisely, it is required that any group obeys the explicit instructions God gives particularly to it. In calling for Israel’s obedience, Jehovah said, “By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy” (Leviticus 10:3).

All men today are amenable to the commands of Jesus Christ. All authority has been given to Him (cf. Matthew 28:18). Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). He further directed His apostles to wait for the Holy Spirit, who would inspire them, and direct them into “all truth” (John 16:12-14). So, what the New Testament writers command, are the commands of Jesus Himself. (cf. 2 Peter 1:19-21).

It is amazing how many claim that Jesus is their Lord, and yet refuse to do what He tells them to do. The concept of Lordship requires of us complete submission. If Jesus said do it, we must obey. If Jesus said don’t do it, we must refrain. When He comes again, He will come in righteousness to punish the disobedient (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).

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