Jesus Gave Commandments to the Apostles
Until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His sufferings by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:2-3, emphasis added)
The chosen Eleven were the original field generals chosen by Christ to lead the Kingdom Revolution. At this time the Eleven received their field commission from the risen Lord. They were given authority by commandment to issue orders in the early Church. These commandments are still the directives from headquarters for us today. As we have seen there has been a direct transference of both authority and commands to the Church today which originated from the mouth of Jesus. The message given to the Eleven pertained to the Kingdom of God and the Revolution for which we fight in battle today. From the discourse of Jesus in verses four through eight of this same Chapter One of Acts the power and authority to continue the ministry of Jesus was given through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. This is true for us today. The command is not given, and the command cannot be carried out without the work of The Holy Spirit in our lives. It is essential to the understanding of the commandments in which we have received. In the earthly ministry of the Son of Man the commandments were from Christ to the Eleven. In the heavenly ministry, the message is transmitted from the Word of God to the disciple by the Holy Spirit. This is how the Kingdom operates.