If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments Commentary – John 14:15 Explained (Watch)
The Religious Deception: Religion loves to talk about keeping commandments so we can remain close to God, and as such it improperly tosses around verses like John 14:15 “if you love me keep my commandments” and John 14:23 “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching”. This message totally undermines being saved by ‘hearing and believing with faith’ and suggests that after we are saved it’s up to us to keep in good standing with God. It says our behavior is now what draws us close to God and if we are not obedient to the law and God’s commandment then God will turn from us, and maybe even curse us. Today, you will get the real meaning about keeping commandments if we love God!
The Truth From a Grace Perspective: In this video we discover these commandments Jesus is referring to in John 14 are not laws. The same author makes that abundantly clear just one chapter later in John 15:12 as he writes “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you”. While God does not want us to sin he never commands Christians to be under the law, but the rather He tells us just the opposite. We are free from law, not under the law, not supervised by the law. He want us to seek our righteousness from Christ alone, not part Jesus and part law. Yes, the law is perfect and holy, but the problem is Christians being under the law which no one will be found righteous. The law came in that sin would increase (Romans 5:20) so apparently the law has no power in leading us away from sinning and actually produces even more of it. Romans 2:4 tells us it’s actually God’s kindness that leads us away from sin and Titus 2:12 says grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions.
Also, Jesus told His disciples to teach people everything that He taught them, and we don’t see any of them teaching law, but rather we see them teaching a message of love and being saved by grace, apart from works, and apart from law – less any of us boast like those religious hypocrites used to (and still do today).
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