This Lord's words explained bible study document will be Commandment To Work. In the bible, the commandment to work, is not referring to manual labour, but doing the work of God - spreading the word of the Lord, to overcome, conquer the works of the flesh and to strive to do the fruits of the Spirit.
All text taken from the King James Bible
Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.
II Thes.3:10-13 - For even when we (the disciples) were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (11) For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy bodies. (12) Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. (13) But ye brethren, be not weary in well doing.
What eating is being referred to here is - learning and spreading the word of God and that we should not be talking about other people, and doing our own thing. See - Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns, Meat of God or Bread of Live, and Parable of Brethren with Jesus Christ.
II Thes.14-15 - And if any man (person) obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. (15) Yet count [him] not as an enemy, but admonish [him] as a brother.
Acts 20:35 - I (Paul) have shewed (showed) you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Jesus is referring to giving of the word, and healing the body and soul, not money. See - Mission of Disciples.
Matt.10:1 - And when he (Jesus) had called unto [him] his twelve disciples, he gave them power [against or over] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Matt.10:8-9 - Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (9) Provide (get or receive) neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
So what we, as brethren, are asked to do, is to spread the word of the Lord, without asking for payment. For additional information on "bread" or "meat" See - Meat of God or Bread of Life , also see - Tithing and Charity
Also, many of you may think that all you have to do is to accept and believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he came and lived a righteous life on earth, was crucified, buied and rose again on the third day and now sits on the right hand of God waiting for him (God the Father) to tell Jesus when to return to earth.
Yes, this is a good start, but Paul tells us in -
James 2:14-20 - What [doth it] profit, my brethen, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (15) If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, (16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit? (17) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, (or, person), that faith without works is dead?
The word "naked" in verse 15, means to not have the knowledge about the Lord, notice it goes on to say in the verse, "...and destitute of daily food." Jesus is the bread of life, and in the Lord's Prayer, it says, "give us this day our daily bread." - See - Meat of God--or Bread of Life; The Lord's Prayer
The word "dead" in verses 17 and 20, are referring to being " spiritually dead."
without works is dead - James 2:20
Gal.5:6 - For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing nor uncircumcision; but faith with worketh by love.
faith with worketh by love - Gal.5:6
I Thes.1:3 - Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
Also, see James 2:18 above again.
faith - I Thes.1:3
In this next scripture, the people have come seeking Jesus, and he tells them in -
John 6:27-29 - Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the father sealed. (28) Then said they (the people) unto him, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
I Thes.3:6 - But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also [to see] you: - See - "Charity," in the document Tithing and Charity
I am not going to go into depth of the word "charity" again, but a quick review, it means to love thy neighbour as thy self - the 2nd of the great commandments - See - Great Commandments
Also see - II Thes.1:11, as well as see Gal.5:6 and James 2:17 above again.
and labour of love - I Thes.1:3
Heb.6:10 - For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
is the work of God - John 6:29
I John 3:23-24 - And this is his (God's) commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (24) And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he (God) in him (or, you). And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he (God) hath given us. - See - the 2nd of the Great Commandments
We are told many times in the Bible, to "love" one another. - See - Love One Another With Righteousness. Also, it is the first in the list of the "fruits of the Spirit," of the characteristics and qualities we are to do work at and strive to achieve - see the list below
God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love - Heb.6:10
Matt.10:42 - And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I (Jesus) say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matt.25:40 - And the King (Jesus) shall answer and say unto them, Verily I (Jesus) say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me
In the above scripture, Jesus it telling his disciples, when he was hungry, they gave him meat, and when he was thirsty, they gave him drink, a stranger and they took him in, naked and they clothed him, sick and they visited him, in prison and they came unto him, and the disciples were confused with what he said and he gave them the reply in the above scripture. See - Judgment of the Nations
In Revelations we see that Jesus is King of kings.
Let me continue with scripture for - "God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love," - Heb.6:10
John 13:20 - Verily, verily, I (Jesus) say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me (Jesus) receiveth him (God) that sent me.
Let us look at the lext scripture in -
I Cor.15:58 - Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
your labour is not in vain - I Cor.15:58
Is.3:10 - Say ye to the righteous, that it [shall be] well [with him] (or, her): for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Also, see Rev.22: 12 below.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus tells us we will be "judged according to our works." Let us take a look at -
Rev.22:12, 14-15 - And, behold, I (Jesus) come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (14) Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (15) For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Is.40:10 - Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong [hand], and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward [is] with him, (the Lord GOD), and his work before him - See - The Root or Stem of Jesse--A Righteous Branch/Holy One/Savious--Jesus Christ
Also, see the list below taken from various scripture in the Bible. - See - The True Vine if you need to know where the scripture can be found.
The following is the list of "the works of the flesh" the "bad fruit" - bad characteristics or qualities, also called, thorns or briers. It is the tree of "good and evil," - and God commanded Adam not to eat of of this tree. See Genesis chapter 2 and 3 for this story.
fornication uncleanness lasciviousness idolatry witchcraft hatred variance emulations wrath strife seditions heresies envyings murders drunkenness revellings effeminate thieves abusers of themselves with mankind covetous evilers extortioners filthiness jesting foolish talking whoremonger unclean person covetousness
This is the list of the "fruits of the Spirit," the "good fruit" - good characteristics, or qualities. It is the "tree of life," - the way of life.
It is up to each of us to cultivate the "good" qualities and characteristics - the "fruits of the Spirit," and to reject, or overcome to conquer and to gain the victory over the "bad qualities" - the "works of the flesh," the same as Jesus overcame all temptations and the works of the flesh which were put before him - Jesus conquered Satan and his ways. See - The True Vine; Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard; Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower - Matthew; Parable of the Sower - Mark and Luke; Faith, As A Grain of Mustard Seed, for more information regarding the lists above.
The "good fruit" is the "tree of life." The "bad fruit" is the "tree of good and evil." Jesus came and lived a righteous life, and showed us that we also can overcome, conquer and gain the victory over the ways of Satan - the works of the flesh.
So your "commandment to work," includes the following:
However, I might add here, that if admonishing your brother or sister, make sure that you are not doing the same thing yourself. An example in the Bible of what I am referring to, is where Jesus tells us, why do you behold the mote that is in your brother's eye but you cannot perceive the beam that is in thine own eye. He goes on to tell us not to be a hypocrite, but to first cast out the beam that is in your own eye before you cast out the mote that in your brother's eye. I have paraphrased this scripture, you can find this story in Matt.7:3-5 and Luke 6:41-42.
Number 1 through 4 inclusive, are the things you must do to enter the kingdom of heaven. See - Parable of the Kingdom of Heaven; Where Are Heaven and Hell. And you must do all of these if you want to to take part when Jesus Christ returns to rule and reign as the King of kings and Lord of lords. - See - Heir and Joint-Heir With Christ
Let me repeat -
Rev.22:14 - Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. - See - Ten Commandments; The First and Seventh Commandment
We are told in -
Matt.7:13-14 - Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait [is] the gate and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
In Luke 13:22, we find Jesus going through the cities and villages teaching on his journey to Jerusalem, in vs.23, somebody says to the Lord, "are there few that be saved?" and Jesus tells them in -
Luke 13:24 - Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I (Jesus) say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Relatively only a few will be saved, considering the population of today. There is only one way into the kingdom of God and that is to follow all of the commandments, to do the fruits of the Spirit and to conquer, overcome and gain the victory over the works of the flesh - the ways of the serpent/the devil. -
I have explained the words, "overcome, conquer" and "gain the victory," in Four Horses of Revelation
Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.
This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.