If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments Commentary – John 14:15 Explained (Watch)
Does The Bible Say, If You Love Jesus You Will Keep the Law?
Actually, it does…..NOT.
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 rather He tells us just the opposite. We are free from the law, not under the law, not supervised by the law. He wants 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).
If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments.
Surprise “Commandments” are Not “Laws”
John 14:15 is a verse from the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It reads, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” This statement was made by Jesus Christ during what is commonly referred to as the Farewell Discourse, a long conversation Jesus had with his disciples just before his crucifixion. It’s crucial to consider this verse in its broader context to fully understand its implications.
My suggestion is to interpret this verse in a way that does not directly reference the commandments given to Moses in the Old Testament, often referred to as the Mosaic law. Instead, it centers on two primary “commandments” that Jesus himself emphasized during his ministry: to believe in him and to love others.
- Believe in Jesus: In John 14:1, just a few verses earlier, Jesus says, “Believe in God; believe also in me.” This belief is not just intellectual agreement with the fact of his existence, but also trust in him, in his teachings, his way of life, and the salvation he offers. It means accepting his identity as the Son of God, and the Savior of mankind.
- Love others as he loved us: Jesus explicitly stated this commandment in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” The standard of love Jesus set here is the selfless, sacrificial love that he demonstrated throughout his life, and ultimately in his death on the cross.
John 14:15, when viewed in light of these commandments, carries a profound message about the nature of Christian discipleship. Jesus is saying that those who truly love him will demonstrate that love through their faith in him and their selfless love for others. It’s not about rigidly following a set of rules, but about transformation of the heart that leads to a life reflecting the love and character of Jesus himself. This interpretation also aligns with other teachings of Jesus and the New Testament writers about the importance of faith in Jesus and love for others (e.g., Matthew 22:37-40; Galatians 5:6).
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