New Testament Commands, Part one

Lent  is a time of reflection.  Here is a partial  list of some of the explicit commands of the New Testament.  It is said there were 613 mosaic laws.  The New Testament has 1050 exhortations  on how to order our life;  they are specific applications of the command to love God and our neighbor. As we will see,  they presuppose divine grace in the heart enabling us to obey the Lord.  One caveat;  this list is borrowed.  I will update this in the future, God willing,  with a list  organized from  an Orthodox perspective and based on the original  text.

Seven “Abstains”—Abstain From:

1. Idols (Acts 15:20) 

2. Fornication (Acts 15:20,29; 1 Thes. 4:2-3) 

3. Strangled meats (Acts 15:20)

4. Eating blood (Acts 15:20)

5. Meats offered to idols (Acts 15:29) 

6. All appearance of evil (1 Thes. 5:22) 

7. Fleshly lusts (1 Peter 2:11)

Seven things to avoid:

1. Troublemakers (Romans 16:17) 

2. Profane and vain babblings (1 Tim. 6:20) 

3. False science (1 Tim. 6:20) 

4. Unlearned questions (2 Tim. 2:23) 

5. Foolish questions (Titus 3:9) 

6. Genealogies (Titus 3:9) 

7. Arguments about the law (Titus 3:9)

Three “Asks”:

1. Ask and ye shall receive (Matthew 7:7) 

2. Ask no return of goods (Luke 6:30) 

3. Ask life for backsliders (1 John 5:16)

Two things to awake to:

1. Awake to righteousness (1 Cor. 15:34) 

2. Awake to life (Ephes. 5:14)

Seventy-four “Be’s”:

1. Be exceeding glad (Matthew 5:12) 

2. Be reconciled to a brother (Matthew 5:24) 

3. Be perfect (Matthew 5:48; 2 Cor. 13:11)

4. Be wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16) 

5. Be harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16) 

6. Be ready for Christ’s coming (Matthew 24:44; Luke 12:40) 

7. Be content with your wages (Luke 3:14) 

8. Be merciful as God (Luke 6:36) 

9. Be like faithful servants (Luke 12:36) 

10.    Be thankful (Col. 3:15) 

11.    Be at peace among selves (1 Thes. 5:13) 

12.    Be patient toward all people (1 Thes. 5:14; 2 Tim. 2:24) 

13.    Be no partaker of sin (1 Tim. 5:22) 

14. Be sober and hope (1 Peter 1:13) 

15. Be sober and pray (1 Peter 4:7) 

16. Be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, charity, and patience (aged men, Titus 2:2) 

17. Be sober, love husbands and children (young women, Titus 2:4) 

18. Be sober minded (young men, Titus 2:6) 

19. Be in behavior as becoming to saints (aged women, Titus 2:3) 

20. Be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient (young women, Titus 2:5) 

21. Be ready to give an answer of the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15) 

22. Be of good cheer (John 16:33) 

23. Be baptized (Acts 2:38) 

24. Be converted (Acts 3:19) 

25. Be transformed (Romans 12:2) 

26. Be kind of brotherly love one to another (Romans 12:10; Ephes. 4:32) 

27. Be fervent in spirit (Romans 12:11) 

28. Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12)

29. Be given to hospitality (Romans 12:13) 

30. Be afraid, if lawless (Romans 13:4) 

31. Be no idolater (1 Cor. 10:7) 

32. Be followers of Paul as he followed Christ (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17) 

33. Be followers of God (Ephes. 5:1) 

34. Be followers of the faithful and patient (Hebrews 6:12) 

35. Be children in malice (1 Cor. 14:20) 36. Be men in understanding (1 Cor. 14:20) 

37. Be stedfast (1 Cor. 15:58) 

38.    Be unmoveable (1 Cor. 15:58) 

39. Be always abounding in God’s work (1 Cor. 15:58) 

40. Be strong in the Lord (1 Cor. 16:13; Ephes. 6:10; 2 Tim. 2:1) 

41. Be of good comfort (2 Cor. 13:11) 

42. Be of one mind (Romans 12:16; 2 Cor. 13:11; Phil. 2:2; 1 Peter 3:8) 

43. Be separate from the unclean (2 Cor. 6:17) 

44. Be renewed in spirit (Ephes. 4:23) 

45. Be angry and sin not (Ephes. 4:26)

46. Be tenderhearted one to another (Ephes. 4:32) 47. Be filled with the Spirit (Ephes. 5:18) 48.    Be likeminded (Phil. 2:2) 49. Be one of accord (Phil. 2:2)

50. Be anxious for nothing (Phil. 4:6) 

51. Be an example to believers in word, conversation, charity, spirit, faith, and purity (1

Tim. 4:12) 

52. Be a partaker of Christian sufferings (2 Tim. 1:8; cp. 1 Peter 4:1) 

53. Be gentle to all people (2 Tim. 2:24) 

54. Be apt to teach (2 Tim. 2:24) 

55. Be instant in season, out of season (2 Tim. 4:2) 

56. Be careful to maintain good works (Titus 3:8,14; cp. Matthew 5:16) 

57. Be content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5) 

58. Be doers of the Word (James 1:22) 

59. Be afflicted and mourn (James 4:9) 

60. Be patient till Christ comes (James 5:7-8) 

61. Be holy in conversation (behavior) (1 Peter 1:15-16) 

62. Be pitiful (1 Peter 3:8) 

63. Be courteous (1 Peter 3:8) 

64. Be examples of the flock of God, not lord over it (1 Peter 5:3) 

65. Be subject one to another (1 Peter 5:5) 

66. Be clothed with humility (1 Peter 5:5) 

67. Be sober (1 Peter 5:8) 

68. Be vigilant (1 Peter 5:8)

69. Be mindful of prophecies and commandments (2 Peter 3:2) 

70. Be diligent to be found in peace (2 Peter 3:14) 

71. Be diligent to be without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:14) 

72. Be faithful to death (Rev. 2:10) 

73. Be watchful, strengthen self (Rev. 3:2) 

74. Be zealous and repent (Rev. 3:19)

 

 

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