When Jesus commissioned the 12 Disciples, He told them “19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Does that mean we have to keep every single instruction that Jesus ever gave anyone? I think it comes down to the truth of what Jesus “Commanded” them.
Did Jesus command us to keep all of the Old Testament Commandments like the “Rich young ruler” in Matt.19:17
to earn everlasting life? Honestly, that passage messed with my head for years.
I believe we should consider the idea that those teachings/instructions were towards the Jews of that generation who all still lived under the Law until the Cross. They still lived in the Old Covenant even though Jesus, the King of the New Covenant, was teaching them the mysteries of God’s coming Kingdom. Because at that time, the Kingdom was coming…
From what I understand, its all about WHEN and HOW the New Covenant began.
Just like the previous Covenants God gave; the “Commandments” of the Covenant were given with the introduction of the Covenant. Jesus did not introduce the New Covenant until the “Last Supper”.
Heb.9:16-18 “16For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. 18Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.”
This inauguration started the New Covenant, not Jesus birth or his baptism into the Spirit and ministry.
Heb.9:20 recalls the parallel of how Moses introduced God’s Covenant and Law to them ” 20saying, “THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD COMMANDED YOU.”
The Covenant, Blood and Commandment all coincide throughout the Scripture. With God’s Covenant to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. God took the “Blood of the Covenant” so seriously that He apparently almost killed Moses in Ex.4:24-26
immediately after commissioning Moses to deliver the Israelites!
Why? Because Moses’s son was not circumcised.
God did not specifically instruct Moses to circumcise his son. Apparently, Moses should have known (did know and neglected?) the Covenant he was in with God through Abraham. That Covenant had one command. Blood through circumcision. God commissioned Moses and almost killed him before he even arrived in Egypt because Moses neglected the Commandment of the Blood of the Covenant.
His New Commandment was also given at the same time Jesus blood was given (as God always did) in John 13:34.
In John 12:50
Jesus said the Father’s Commandment IS everlasting life! But, Jesus had already told the religious Jews that they looked to the Scripture for life but did not come to Him to receive it! Paul also said in Gal.3:21
that “If the Law had been able to give life; then righteousness would have come by the Law!” but, the Law only testified to life, God’s Righteousness, Jesus.
I have gone through the almost 100 times in the N.T. that “commandment/command” is used and am convinced that Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is not the Commandment for how we inherit the Kingdom. It is written that Jesus “taught” them the SOM
. He did not command them the SOM from Mt. Zion with bloodshed to initiate the New Covenant.
I still have a lot to learn (and literally spend hours a day doing it, this is my hobby!) But, it seems that Jesus was articulating the Kingdom lifestyle that he was modeling. The New Commandment is Love God and others as God loves us! Yes, the SOM is a great practical model for what that looks like but, it’s not the New Law of the New Covenant. if it were, The Kingdom of God would be empty…except for Jesus.
I believe that’s why it’s so important to be completely convinced that we are God’s righteousness forever in our spirit man (2 Cor.5)
which is the New creation! Because the OLD way has been fulfilled by Jesus FOR us, IN us so that it can flow THROUGH us; all by God’s Spirit and not our own efforts! Hallelujah, His yoke is easy and his burden is light; I have found rest for my soul!