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John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Commandments;   Love;   Righteous;   Righteousness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Brethren;   Brotherly Love;   Duty;   Love;   Love-Hatred;   Social Duties;   The Topic Concordance - Commandment;   Disciples/apostles;   Examples;   Love;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Love to Man;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Disciple;   Love;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Christians, Names of;   Education in Bible Times;   New;   Testimony;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Conversion;   Forbearance;   Love to God;   Love, Brotherly;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Love;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Instruction;   Love;   World, the;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Brotherly Love;   Foot;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Brethren;   Discipleship;   Example;   Ideas (Leading);   Love (2);   Marks Stigmata;   New Commandment;   Organization (2);   Perseverance;   Popularity;   Unity (2);   Upper Room (2);   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Judas;   Passover;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Brotherly Kindness;   Sons of God (New Testament);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Brotherly Love;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for November 17;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

By this shall all men know, etc. - From this time forward, this mutual and disinterested love shall become the essential and distinctive mark of all my disciples. When they love one another with pure hearts, fervently, even unto death, then shall it fully appear that they are disciples of that person who laid down his life for his sheep, and who became, by dying, a ransom for all.

The disciples of different teachers were known by their habits, or some particular creed or rite, or point of austerity, which they had adopted; but the disciples of Christ were known by this love which they bore to each other. The primitive Christians were particularly known by this among the Gentiles. Tertullian, in his Apology, gives us their very words: Vide, inquiunt, ut se diligunt; et pro alterutro mori parati sunt. "See, said they, how they love one another, and are ready to lay down their lives for each other."

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

By this shall all men … - That is, your love for each other shall be so decisive evidence that you are like the Saviour, that all people shall see and know it. It shall be the thing by which you shall be known among all men. You shall not be known by special rites or habits; not by a special form of dress or manner of speech; not by special austerities and unusual customs, like the Pharisees, the Essenes, or the scribes, but by deep, genuine, and tender affection. And it is well known it was this which eminently distinguished the first Christians, and was the subject of remark by the surrounding pagans. “See,” said the pagan, “see how they love one another! They are ready to lay down their lives for each other.” Alas! how changed is the spirit of the Christian world since then! Perhaps, of all the commands of Jesus, the observance of this is that which is least apparent to a surrounding world. It is not so much that they are divided into different sects, for this may be consistent with love for each other; but it is the want of deep-felt, genuine love toward Christians even of our own denomination; the absence of genuine self-denial; the pride of rank and wealth; and the fact that professed Christians are often known by anything else rather than by true attachment to those who bear the same Christian name and image. The true Christian loves religion wherever it is found equally in a prince or in a slave, in the mansion of wealth or in the cottage of poverty, on the throne or in the hut of want. He overlooks the distinction of sect, of color, and of nations; and wherever he finds a man who bears the Christian name and manifests the Christian spirit, he loves him. And this, more and more as the millennium draws near, will be the special badge of the professed children of God. Christians will love their own denominations less than they love the spirit and temper of the Christian, wherever it may be found.

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The Biblical Illustrator

John 13:35

By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples

The social principles of Christianity

We look for orthodoxy of sentiment, moral character, denominational zeal, attention to ordinances, but we are apt to overlook the one great criterion laid down in the text. Quite in harmony with this verse is 1 John 3:14. Consider

I. THE NATURE OF THIS LOVE. It consists mainly of two elements, an admiration of the peculiar spiritual character of God’s saints, and a deep personal sympathy with them in their struggles and temptations. To these elements may sometimes be added a high sense of gratitude to them if they have been made instrumental in conveying light, grace, and comfort to our minds, and a hearty desire of pure benevolence to do them good and be helpers of their joy. It will be borne in mind that the objects of this love are Christian believers, simply as such. Now

II. HOW DOES SUCH AN AFFECTION EVINCE OUR DISCIPLESHIP TO CHRIST?

1. Because He commands it; therefore not to cherish it is to disobey Him, and prove that we do not love Him.

2. Because the character of the saints is the very one which we are striving to acquire if we are followers of Christ; and therefore we cannot help but admire it.

3. As Christians we are called to pass through the same tribulations and trials as they have; therefore we are constrained to sympathy with them according to that fundamental law of human nature--“A fellow feeling makes the whole world kin.”

4. Gratitude for spiritual mercies is only possible to those who have ceased to be carnally-minded: while, again, to receive spiritual mercies through the medium of a fellow believer must attach us specially to him, on the common principle of human gratitude.

5. To love God’s people so as to be willing to go through great sacrifices for them, must surely be impossible to the worldly mind, because it is at enmity with God and cannot honestly seek the good of those who are born of Him. If, therefore, any man loves us as Christian disciples, the inference must be that he is a disciple and has ceased to stand connected with our enemies.

III. CONSIDER THIS AFFECTION AS A STANDING PROOF OF OUR DISCIPLESHIP.

1. Nothing else, without this, can prove a man to be a child of God. He that is destitute of this love, whatever else he possesses, abideth in death.

2. Where this exists, nothing else need be looked for.

Conclusions:

1. As a professed believer test your sincerity by this principle: Do you love the followers of Jesus?

2. Judge of your growth or declension in grace by your waxing or waning love to the brethren.

3. Prepare for greater usefulness by seeking more of this love to the people of God.

4. Appeal to the unconverted and inquiring. We want you amongst us only if you can love us; and we want you to love us only because you and we together have learned to love the Saviour. (T. G. Horton.)

The badge of true Christians

I. CHRIST WOULD HAVE EVERY CHRISTIAN KNOWN TO BE A DISCIPLE. And this cannot be otherwise. The fire of grace will ever show itself both by smoke and light. But wherein must we show ourselves disciples of Christ? In five things.

1. The disciples were called by Christ’s voice, and depended on His mouth for instruction and direction. So must we be made disciples by the word of Christ. But if thou carest not for the preaching of the Word, or canst content thyself in thy ignorance, or with some confused knowledge, thou showest thou art no disciple.

2. The disciples being called, denied themselves, left all for Christ, and acknowledged no master but Him alone (Matthew 4:22; Mat_23:8; Mat_23:10). If thou likewise be a disciple thou must renounce all other masters and all employments which will not stand with Christianity.

3. The disciples were called to be near attendants of Christ and perform all His commandments (John 8:31; Joh_15:14-15).

4. The disciples were glad of Christ’s presence, and when He was absent their hearts were full of sorrow. If thou art a disciple thy soul rejoiceth in the presence of Christ, in His ordinances, in the directions and consolations of His Spirit.

5. The disciples had commission and commandment to make other disciples, accordingly were diligent in their callings, spending themselves in doing good to others. Dost thou gain others to Christ and form thine own course to His?

II. CHRIST WOULD HAVE ALL KNOW HIS DISCIPLES BY THIS BADGE OF LOVE 1 John 2:10).

1. What is this true Christian love?

(a) He loved us first, before we loved Him.

(b) When we were enemies.

(c) Not for His benefit, but ours.

(d) To make us better.

1. Constantly, even to the end.

2. This is a badge of a true Christian man. And that for these reasons

The badge of discipleship

Love was to be the grand distinctive sign which hence on through all the ages was to denote, distinguish, and define the followers of Jesus from all other guilds, schools, creeds, and combinations under heaven. The Pharisee was known by his broad phylactery, the Sadducee was known by his contempt for ritual and his ostentatious contrast to the rival sect. The priests and scribes were marked out by their peculiar robes; the Roman, by his toga, or the eagle on his helmet according as he was citizen or soldier. Today the Brahmin is known by the mystic character cut upon his breast and brow, and the Mahometan by his headgear. The soldier’s red, the sailor’s blue, the cleric’s black--by this, that, and the other sign, classes, creeds, professions, preferences, races, are distinguished the wide world over. Some time ago there was quite a warm burst of indignation from our Scottish fellow countrymen because the distinctive plaids and colours of the tartan, which denote the difference between the Campbell, the Mackintosh, and Macgregor, were in peril. Well, to those who are Israelites indeed, those who are enlisted under the banner of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, those who are faithful followers of Jesus, and bend a loyal knee to Him of the Crown of Thorns--to these Jesus says, “I institute a new order. In it neither star, ribbon,medal, stripe, nor outward garb, mark, or colour shall find place; but you shall wear a token by which all men shall take knowledge of you that you belong to Me, ‘By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.’” (J. Jackson Wray.)

The criterion of discipleship

Love is

I. A SIMPLE TEST. Had it been the adoption of a certain set of beliefs, or conformity to certain rites, it would have been too complicated to be of easy application or practical use; but here how simple--“He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen,” etc.

II. AN INFALLIBLE TEST. Other tests, even the best, are of doubtful accuracy; the application may lead to wrong conclusions. But this is infallible, and will determine the destiny of all men at the last day (Matthew 25:1-46).

III. A SOLEMN TEST. If we apply it to the Christians of this age and country, where men hate, cheat, and fight each other, how few will prove genuine disciples l Could all men stand it the world would be a paradise. (D. Thomas, D. D.)

The proof of discipleship

The marks of a true disciple of any master are

I. BELIEF in his master’s words.

II. ATTACHMENT to his master’s person.

III. OBEDIENCE to his master’s precepts.

IV. IMITATION of his master’s example. Obedience and imitation may be summed up in one word--love. If we love Christ we shall believe, obey, and imitate Him; and we must show that love by loving one another. (J. R. Bailey.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "John 13:35". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/john-13.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

By this shall all men know,.... Not only by this you yourselves will know that ye have passed from death to life, that the true work of grace is begun upon your hearts; nor only by this will you know one another to be Christians; but by this all men, even the men of the world will know,

that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another: and own and acknowledge it, as TertullianF14Apolog. c. 39. says the very Heathens did in his time; who would say, when they saw the Christians pass along the streets, and meet and express their affection to each other, "see how they love one another": would to God the same was as observable now. The distinguishing badge and character of a disciple of Christ, is not any outward garb, or any austerities of life, by which the disciples of John and of the Pharisees were known; nor were the ordinary nor extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, bestowed upon the disciples of Christ, what distinguished them as such; since those who were not truly his disciples, had these bestowed on them; but love to one another, brotherly love was the distinguishing character, and this is another reason or argument enforcing a regard unto it.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 13:35". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-13.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples — the disciples of Him who laid down His life for those He loved.

if ye have love one to another — for My sake, and as one in Me; for to such love men outside the circle of believers know right well they are entire strangers. Alas, how little of it there is even within this circle!

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People's New Testament

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples. The love and self sacrifice of Christians has done more to extend the name of Christ than argument. In the early ages, heathen were wont to say: "See how these Christians love one another."

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Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 13:35". "People's New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/john-13.html. 1891.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

By this (εν τουτωιen toutōi). Locative case with ενen “In this way,” viz., “if ye have love” (εαν αγαπην εχητεean agapēn echēte), condition of third class (in apposition with εν τουτωιen toutōi) with εανean and present active subjunctive of εχωechō (“keep on having love”). See John 17:23 where Jesus prays for mutual love among the disciples “that the world may know” that the Father sent him. Jerome (ad Galat. vi. 10) says that in his extreme old age John repeated often this command of Jesus and justified it: “Because it is the Lord‘s commandment; and if it be fulfilled it is enough.” See also John 14:31. Tertullian (Apol. 39) urges it also as proof of being disciples. Hatred of one another per contra, is an argument that we are not disciples (learners) of Jesus.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 13:35". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-13.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Shall - know ( γνώσονται )

Perceive, or come to know.

My disciples ( ἐμοὶ μαθηταί )

See on Matthew 12:49. Literally, disciples unto me. Compare John 15:8.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

По тому узнают все. Христос снова подтверждает сказанное ранее: не напрасно обучались в Его школе те, кто любит друг друга. Он как бы говорит: не только вы сами будете знать, что являетесь Моими учениками, но и другие признают справедливость ваших притязаний. Поскольку же Христос этим признаком отличает Своих от чужих, напрасно утруждают себя те, кто, оставив любовь, принимает новые выдуманные способы богопоклонения. И такая суетность сегодня процветает в папстве. Но Христос вовсе не излишне настаивает на этом признаке. Ведь любовь к себе и любовь к ближнему схожи друг с другом как вода с огнем. Но самолюбие настолько захватило все наши чувства, что полностью изгнало из нас любовь к ближнему. Между тем, мы считаем, что поступаем правильно, ибо сатана расставляет многочисленные приманки, затуманивающие наш взор. Итак, всякий желающий доказать свою принадлежность ко Христу и Богу пусть направляет всю свою жизнь к братской любви и непрестанно о ней печется.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Ver. 35. By this shall all men know] Other men’s disciples are known by their titles, habits, ceremonies, &c., as the pope’s shavelings (which yet is grown so bald a business, that now they begin to be ashamed of it); but love is Christ’s cognizance, acknowledged by very heathens, who could say that no people in the world did love one another so as Christians did. Vide ut invicem se ament Christiani! dixerunt Pagani, referente. (Tertulliano in Apologet.) As the curtains of the tabernacle were joined by loops, so are true Christians by love. Philadelphia is blamed for nothing, Revelation 3:18.

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

John 13:35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, "By loving one another sincerely and fervently, you shall prove yourselves my disciples, to the convictionofmankind,whocannotbutbe sensible that love is a distinguishing feature in my character. This will be the most acceptable, the most ornamental token of your relation to me; and I recommend it to you as the noblest badge of your profession." It is well known, that the founders of new societies always appoint some peculiar ornament, sign, or mode of living, by which their followers may be known from others. Our Lord seems to allude here to that custom, "Let love be the distinguishing badge of your profession." And so highly were the primitive Christians celebrated for this grace, that the inspired writer of the Acts informs us, ch. John 4:32. They were all of one heart, and one mind. And the ancient apologists for Christianity inform us, that thepersecutingheathensthemselvescouldnothelp crying out in rapture, on observing the prevalence of this grace among them, "See how these Christians love one another!"

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

To recommend the foregoing duty, of loving one another, with the greater advantage, our Saviour tells us here, that it will be the best evidence of our relation to him as sincere disciples: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples. The disciples of John were known by the austerity of their lives, the disciples of the Pharisees by their habit and separation from other men. Christ will have his disciples known by their profound affection to each other, which in the primitive times was so conspicuous, that the very heathens did cry out and say, See how the Christians love one another!

Here observe, 1. Our Saviour doth not say, By this men shall conjecture and guess that you belong to me, as being my disciples, but they shall certainly know it.

2. He doth not say: By this shall ye know yourselves to be my disciples, and one another to be so; but by this shall all others know it as well as yourselves.

3. He doth not say, By this shall all men know that you look like my disciples, but that you are indeed what you pretend to be, namely by your assembling often together in my house of prayer, by your frequent fastings, by your reading the scriptures daily, by your hearing all these put together, will be not sufficient evidence of your discipleship, if you keep up a secret grudge in you hearts one against another; but by this shall all men know that ye are my discples, if ye love one another.

Learn hence, That one of the best proofs and evidences we can have of our relation to Christ, as his sincere disciples, is an hearty love and good will one towards another.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

35.] πάντες,all the world,—and the object is to be, not mere vain praise or display before the world, but that men may be attracted by the exhibition of the Spirit of Christ, and won over to Him. The world, notwithstanding this proof of His presence among them, shall hate them: see 1 John 3:10-15. But among πάντες they themselves are also included—brotherly love is the true sign to them of being children of God, 1 John 2:3-5.

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Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

John 13:35. ʼεν τούτῳ] in that, with ἐάν following; comp. 1 John 2:3.

ἐμοί] not dative, but mei, with emphasis, however, as in John 15:8, comp. John 18:36.

How greatly love was really the Gnorisma of the Christians (1 John 3:10 ff.), see e.g. Tertullian, Apol. 39.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 13:35. γνώσονται, shall know) A mark whereby Christians may be known, is love: Romans 14:18, at the close of the ver., comparing with it the middle of John 13:15, “He that in these things serveth Christ is approved of men: walkest—charitably;” 1 John 3:10, “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever, etc., is not of God, neither He that loveth not his brother.”— ἐμοί) of Me, who love even to [the endurance of] death for the sake of others.— μαθηταί, disciples) ch. John 15:8, “That ye bear much fruit: so shall ye be My disciples.”— ἀγαπήν, love) and this, for My sake, and even as I have loved.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

A disciple hath his name, either from learning from his master, or from following his master and treading in his steps: take it in either sense, loving one another is a certain note of being Christ’s disciples; for as Christ continually pressed this by his precepts, so he set them his own example, by showing the greatest love to them he could show.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

35.If ye have love—”See how these Christians love one another,” was the testimony of ancient heathenism to the newness, peculiarity, and power of the Christian law of love. That new power of love now reigns in Christendom in the form of countless benevolent institutions for the good of mankind; institutions unknown to unchristian lands, and strange to the spirit of heathenism.

 

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

That supernatural love would distinguish disciples of Jesus. Love for one another would mark them off as His disciples. It is possible to be a disciple of Jesus without demonstrating much supernatural love. However that kind of love is what bears witness to a disciple"s connection with Jesus and thereby honors Him (cf. 1 John 3:10-23; John 4:7-16). John"s first epistle is really an exposition of the themes that Jesus set forth in the upper room discourse. [Note: See John R. Yarid Jeremiah, "John"s Use of the Upper Room Discourse in First John" (Ph.D. dissertation, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2002).] Every believer manifests some supernatural love since the loving God indwells him or her ( 1 John 3:14). However, it is possible to quench and to grieve the indwelling Spirit so that we do not manifest much love (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30).

Jesus taught His disciples to love their enemies in the Sermon on the Mount ( Matthew 5:43-47). Here He taught us to love one another. These instructions do not contradict one another or present two different standards. They simply point in different directions.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 13:35. By this shall all men know that ye are disciples of mine, if ye have love one with another. The expression ‘disciples of mine’ is worthy of notice. It seems to show that the meaning is not exhausted by the thought of that language so often quoted in connection with it, ‘Behold how these Christians love one another.’ It directs our thoughts, not to the disciples only, but to Jesus Himself. He was love: in the love of the Christian community, the love of its members ‘with’ one another, it was to be seen not merely what they were, but what He was, and more particularly that He was love. Thus, then, the disciples have their great charge committed to them,—to be in the season now at hand what He had been who had washed their feet.

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 13:35. And this Christian love is to be the sole sufficing evidence of the individual’s Christianity: (emphatic) . Cf.Acts 4:32, 1 John 3:10; also Tertull., Apol., 39, “vide, inquiunt, ut invicem se diligant”; Clem. Alex., Strom., ii. 9; Min. Felix, Octavius, 9.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 13:35". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-13.html. 1897-1910.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

John 13:35. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples — Your loving one another sincerely and fervently, and in the manner and degree I now enjoin, will be the most acceptable and the most ornamental token of your relation to me, and the noblest badge of your profession. The reader will not need to be told how remarkably this new precept of our Lord was exemplified in the spirit and conduct of the first Christians, when he recollects their historian has attested, (Acts 4:32,) that though they were a great multitude, consisting of many thousands, they were all of one heart and of one soul; insomuch that not any of them accounted any of the things which he possessed as his own, but they had all things in common. And the ancient apologists for Christianity inform us, that the persecuting heathen themselves could not help exclaiming in rapture, on observing the prevalence of this grace among them, See how these Christians love one another!

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

By = In. Greek. en. App-104.

love. Greek agape. App-135.

one to another = among (Greek. en) yourselves. Compare the only other place in the Gospels where en allelois occurs (Mark 9:50).

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples - the disciples of Him who laid down His life for those He loved.

If ye have love one to another - for My sake, and as one in Me; for to such love men outside the circle of believers know right well that they are entire strangers. Alas, how little of it there is even within this circle!

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The Bible Study New Testament

35. Then all will know. Love [AGAPE] will identify those who are in fact his disciples! In the early centuries, unbelievers would say; “See how those Christians love one another!”

 

 

 

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples.—The thought of their state of orphanage when He should depart from them is still present. He gives them a bond of union, by which they should always be linked to Him and to each other in the principle of love. The followers of great Teachers and Rabbis had their distinctive marks. Here was the distinctive Christian mark, which all men should be able to read. It is instructive that the characteristic mark of Christianity should thus be asserted by its Founder to consist, not in any formulary or signs, but in the love which asserts the brotherhood of man. The apologists of the first centuries delighted in appealing to the striking fact of the common love of Christians, which was a new thing in the history of mankind; and while the Church has sometimes forgotten the characteristic, the world never has. By their love for each other, for mankind, for God, is it known or denied that men who call themselves Christians are really Christ’s disciples.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
17:21; Genesis 13:7,8; Acts 4:32-35; 5:12-14; 1 John 2:5,10; 3:10-14; 4:20,21
Reciprocal: Genesis 45:24 - See that;  Psalm 133:1 - how good;  Matthew 5:45 - ye;  Mark 9:50 - have peace;  Luke 6:35 - and ye;  John 15:8 - so;  John 17:23 - the;  Romans 12:10 - kindly;  1 Corinthians 1:10 - that ye;  1 Corinthians 16:14 - General1 Thessalonians 4:9 - touching;  1 Thessalonians 5:13 - and be;  Hebrews 13:1 - General1 Peter 1:22 - unto;  1 Peter 2:17 - Love;  2 Peter 1:7 - brotherly;  1 John 3:11 - that we;  1 John 3:14 - because;  1 John 3:19 - hereby;  1 John 5:2 - General2 John 1:5 - that we

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

35.By this all men will know. Christ again confirms what he had formerly said, that they who mutually love one another have not been in vain taught in his school; as if he had said, Not only will you know that you are my disciples, but your profession will also be acknowledged by others to be sincere.” Since Christ lays down this mark for distinguishing between his disciples and strangers, they who lay aside brotherly love, and adopt new and invented modes of worship, labor in vain; and folly of this kind prevails at this day in Popery. Nor is it superfluous that Christ dwells so largely on this subject. There is no greater agreement between the love of ourselves, and the love of our neighbor, than there is between fire and water. Self love keeps all our senses bound in such a manner that brotherly love is altogether banished; and yet we think that we fully discharge our duty, because Satan has many enticements to deceive us, that we may not perceive our faults. (59) Whoever, then, desires to be truly a disciple of Christ, and to be acknowledged by God, let him form and direct his whole life to love the brethren, and let him pursue this object with diligence.

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