If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments

John 14:15 - If you love Me, keep My commandments

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If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments
JOHN 14 BIBLE STUDY

John 14:15-26 If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments

JOHN 14:15  15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.

How does Jesus want us to express our "love" (John 14:15) for Him?
By keeping His commandments. Jesus did not say, "If you love Me, read the Bible more," or, "If you love Me, listen to more Biblical sermons." Bible reading and Biblical sermons teach us about Jesus and are important but the proof of our love Jesus is obeying His words to "keep My commandments."

What is the flipside of "If you love Me, keep My commandments"?
'If you don't keep My commandments, you don't love Me.' 

JOHN 14:16-18  16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever - 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Who is the "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17)?
Jesus said, "I am... the truth" (John 14:6), so the "Spirit of truth" is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. He is also called the Holy Spirit, or simply "Spirit," as well as "Helper" above.

Where is the Holy Spirit?
He "dwells with" and is "in" (John 14:17) Christians.

What three occasions could Jesus have meant in John 14:18?
His resurrection, the coming of His Spirit at the Pentecost, and/or His second coming at the end of time.

JOHN 14:19-24  19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

What is Jesus describing in this passage?
The boundaryless intimate relationship between God the Father, Jesus and Christians: "I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you... he who loves Me will be loved by My Father... My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." (John 14:20, 21 & 23)

How serious is Jesus about Christians keeping His "words" (John 14:24) and "commandments" (John 14:21)?
Serious enough to repeat and emphasize it three times in this passage alone.

Is keeping His words and commandment what enables our salvation?
No, it’s the evidence of our love for Him and of our salvation, which is a free gift from Him.

Why must we study the Bible?
Without studying it, we won’t know what Jesus said or commanded, which means we can't evidence our love for Jesus as He wants us to. In addition, we leave ourselves open to distortions and lies that Satan' false prophets try to peddle as Jesus' words and commandments.

JOHN 14:25-26  25 These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

What will the Holy Spirit do for the disciples?
"Teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." (John 14:26)

What does that mean for the books of the Bible that they wrote down?
The real author is the Holy Spirit.

What will the Holy Spirit do for Christians today?
The same: "Teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

Where are the things that He said to us?
In the Bible.

But shouldn't Christians who really want to know God attend seminary?
It can help but often hinder today, as a Master of Divinity degree is being confused with God's gift of teaching: "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching." (Romans 12:6-7) To be taught "all things" (John 14:6) that Jesus wants you to know, there are only two imperatives: (1) Bible and (2) Holy Spirit. And degreed teachers who have not been gifted by the Holy Spirit to teach should not teach: "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment." (James 3:1)

Don't some people claim the sole authority to interpret the Bible?
Those who make that claim are trying to take the place of the Holy Spirit, which means He is not in them. Given the present reality, it is especially important to sieve through the Bible everything anyone says about it. The everlasting destination of your soul is much too important for you to entrust it to anyone.

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