Musings From the Gospel of John – Number 35

Scriptures covered in this post are from John 14:16-26 NASB

The last verse we looked at in the last post was John 14:15 which states: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” I want you to remember that because we are going to run into this statement that Jesus makes, again, again, and again with the next few verses. Jesus says this again in John 14:21, in John 14:23 and yet once again, in the negative aspect (not love) in John 14:24. Three times in this short dialogue Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments or words (teachings) and one time Jesus give us the reverse by telling us that he that does not keep His words, does not love Him. I’m thinking that Jesus really didn’t want us to miss this!

Many times you will hear people say that we don’t need to follow rules in the Bible, like the Law in the Old Testament, and that is correct, we are not righteous in the eyes of God our Father because we have perfectly followed the Law or those rules. But because Jesus perfectly followed the will of the Father and fulfilled the letter and the intent of the Law and was consequently sinless, and then took our place on the cross and gave His life for our sins, His righteousness becomes our righteousness and we are no longer under the Law as a means of earning our righteous standing with God. But to infer that we are not obligated to follow the Commandments of Jesus or His teachings is simply not true. To earn our right standing with God, the answer is no, but to demonstrate our love for Jesus, the answer is yes. We obviously don’t earn our righteousness by following the Commandments and teachings of Jesus, but we are still obligated to do them, because we love Him. Jesus makes this very clear.

So let’s take a look at the Scriptures we are covering in this post: John 14:16-26 NASB16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

In the Old Testament, their sinful nature and the transgressions that were committed kept Israel and all Gentiles from coming into the presence of God. The Book of Hebrews explains what transpired during this time frame and the deficiencies of the sacrificial system. Think of it as a temporary covering over until the true Lamb of God, being Jesus, the Son of God, would appear and sacrifice Himself for our sins. Bear in mind that the author of Hebrews tells us that the Tabernacle, the Temple, the Priesthood, the sacrifices and the festivals where all foreshadows of what was to come. When Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished” and died on the cross, the temple curtain between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies (which represented the presence of God) was ripped in two, from the top (by God) to the bottom (for humanity) and because of grace from God, through faith in Jesus, we have access (because of His righteousness imputed to us) to the presence of God. The promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God to all believers in Jesus, was really big because prior to Jesus dying on the cross, the Holy Spirit of God was only given to selected individuals and circumstances could and did remove His presence upon and from the specific individual. Note the words that Jesus attributes to the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Spirit of Truth, and most importantly, God’s Holy Spirit is now to be available forever and now dwelling within us. The parallels to the way it was with Adam and Eve, prior to their fall, and the day in which they became their own gods (made their own decisions and judgements) and God’s Holy Spirit departed from them (spiritually dead) are many and noteworthy.

Note that Jesus tells us who believe that He will not leave us as orphans, He will come to us and in the day that this promise is fulfilled, they all will know that Jesus is in the Father and they are in Jesus and Jesus is in them. Click on Pentecost for a quick review from gotquestions.org.

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose 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 abode 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 Fathers who sent Me.25 These things I have spoken to you while abiding 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 that I said to you.”

And here we have the statements given by Jesus defining how one loves Jesus. Know His commandments and teachings (word) and do them. These aren’t optional choices because to not follow His Commandments and teachings indicates that we do not love Jesus, as defined by Jesus Himself. If that doesn’t give us all pause for thought, I don’t know what does.

And remember how Jesus never wrote down any of His Commandments or teachings Himself? Jesus tells them that God’s Holy Spirit will teach them and bring to their remembrance all that He said to them. If Jesus was not who He said He was, why would He even say that? But He did and we have the New Testament because of what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do.

More to follow.

Worthy is the Lamb. Blessings!

7 comments

  1. “To earn our right standing with God, the answer is no, but to demonstrate our love for Jesus, the answer is yes.”

    This is such a great distinction to make! I was quite confused about this topic when I first read the Bible, and your post explains it all very well.

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  2. “To earn our right standing with God, the answer is no, but to demonstrate our love for Jesus, the answer is yes.” That’s it in a nutshell. If you love someone, you don’t take advantage of their patience.

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