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John 14:15

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Commandments;   Duty;   Love;   Obedience;   Righteous;   Scofield Reference Index - Holy Spirit;   World-System;   Thompson Chain Reference - Christ;   Commands;   Divine;   Future, the;   Heaven;   Heavenly;   Home;   Love;   Love-Hatred;   Words;   Words of Christ;   The Topic Concordance - Giving and Gifts;   Holy Spirit;   Jesus Christ;   Love;   Obedience;   Understanding;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Love to Christ;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ethics;   Holy spirit;   Law;   Love;   Obedience;   Resurrection;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Comfort;   Faith;   Follow, Follower;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Love to God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Works, Good;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Revelation of John, the;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Authority;   Lawgiver;   Love;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Children (Sons) of God;   God;   Holy Spirit;   John, Theology of;   Obedience;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Authority in Religion;   Brotherhood (2);   Character;   Coming Again;   Death of Christ;   Force;   Immortality (2);   John, Gospel of (Critical);   Keeping;   Love (2);   Manuscripts;   Quotations (2);   Self-Examination;   Vine, Allegory of the;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Fruit;   Pentecost;   Samuel;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Commandment;   Johannine Theology, the;   Lord's Supper (Eucharist);   Salvation;  
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Adam Clarke Commentary

If ye love me, keep my commandments - Do not be afflicted at the thought of my being separated from you: the most solid proof ye can give of your attachment to and affection for me is to keep my commandments. This I shall receive as a greater proof of your affection than your tears.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on John 14:15". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-14.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

If ye love me - Do not show your love by grief at my departure merely; or by profession, but by obedience.

Keep my commandments - This is the only proper evidence of love to Jesus, for mere profession is no proof of love; but that love for him which leads us to do all his will, to love each other, to deny ourselves, to take up our cross, and to follow him through evil report and through good report, is true attachment. The evidence which we have that a child loves its parents is when that child is willing, without hesitation, gainsaying, or complaining, to do all that the parent requires him to do. So the disciples of Christ are required to show that they are attached to him supremely by yielding to all his requirements, and by patiently doing his will in the face of ridicule and opposition, 1 John 5:2-3.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on John 14:15". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-14.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.

The great tragedy of modern Christianity is that of the elevation of faith above love in the economy of salvation. Love is the sine qua non of redemption. He who does not love cannot be saved. Love, not faith, is the fulfilling of all the commandments, as stated here. Paul went so far as to declare that one might possess "all faith" and yet find it worthless without love (1 Corinthians 13:2). The reason why "faith alone" cannot save is that "faith alone," by any definition, is faith without love. Also, there is no special brand of faith exempted from Paul's all-inclusive "all faith." Faith without love or even with the love of the wrong things, can never justify or save. See under John 12:42.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 14:15". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-14.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

If ye love me,.... Not that Christ doubted of the love of his disciples to him; but he argues from it to their observance of his precepts, seeing ye do love me; as all do who are born again, who have had any spiritual sight of him, of his glory, suitableness, and fulness; who believe in him, and have received from him; who have had his love shed abroad in their hearts, having enjoyed communion with him, and know the relation he stands in to them; these love him above all others, and all of him, and that belong to him, unfeignedly, and in the sincerity of their souls, as did the disciples; and since they professed to love, and did love him, as they ought to do, he exhorts them, saying,

keep my commandments: Christ is Lord over his people, as he is the Creator and Redeemer of them, and as he is an head and husband to them, and as such he has a right to issue out his commands, and enjoin a regard unto them; and these are peculiarly "his", as distinct from, though not in opposition to, or to the exclusion of, his Father's commands; such as the new commandment of loving one another, and the ordinances of baptism, and the Lord's supper, which are to be observed and kept as Christ has ordered them, constantly, in faith, and with a view to his glory.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 14:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-14.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

6 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

(6) He loves Christ rightly who obeys his commandment: and because obedience to Christ is accompanied with an infinite type and amount of miseries, although he is absent in body, yet he comforts his own with the present power of the Holy Spirit, whom the world despises, because it does not know him.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on John 14:15". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/john-14.html. 1599-1645.

People's New Testament

If ye love me, keep my commandments. Keeping the commandments will be the result if we love him. The Revision gives the true idea. Obedience is the fruit of love.

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Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 14:15". "People's New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/john-14.html. 1891.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

If ye love me (εαν αγαπατε μεean agapāte me). Third-class condition “if ye keep on loving (present active subjunctive, same contract form as indicative) me.” Cf. John 14:23.

Ye will keep (τηρησετεtērēsete). Future active of τηρεωtēreō not aorist imperative τηρησατεtērēsate (keep) as some MSS. have. For this phrase see also John 8:51; John 14:23, John 14:24; John 15:20; 1 John 2:5. Continued love prevents disobedience.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 14:15". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-14.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Keep ( τηρήσατε )

The best tests read τηρήσετε , ye will keep. Lay up in your hearts and preserve by careful watching. See on reserved, 1 Peter 1:4.

My commandments ( τὰς ἐντολὰς τὰς ἐμὰς )

Literally, the commandments which are mine. See on John 10:27.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 14:15". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/john-14.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

If ye love me, keep my commandments.

If ye love me, keep my commandments — Immediately after faith he exhorts to love and good works.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on John 14:15". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-14.html. 1765.

The Fourfold Gospel

If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments1.
    John 14:15-17

  1. If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments. The third token of Christ's union with the Father would be the sending of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33). Since, however, the worldly-minded could neither receive now behold the Spirit, the promise to send him to the disciples is prefaced by an appeal to them to keep his commandments, and thus avoid a worldly spirit such as would be compatible with the reception of the Holy Spirit.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 14:15". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-14.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Если любите Меня. Любовь, которую ученики испытывали ко Христу, была искренней, но к ней было примешано некое суеверие, как часто случается и с нами. Они поступали плохо, желая удержать Его в мире. И чтобы исправить сей порок, Христос повелевает их любви стремиться к иному. А именно, к соблюдению данных Им заповедей. Действительно, полезное учение. Ведь из тех, кто претендует на любовь ко Христу, найдется очень мало правильно Его почитающих. Скорее люди льстят себе, занимаясь глупыми пустяками. Здесь же истинной любви ко Христу приказывается соблюдать Его учение как единственное правило жизни. Кроме того, нас учат, сколь порочны все наши чувства. Ведь даже любовь ко Христу не лишена в нас порока, если мы не сообразуем ее с чистым послушанием.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Ver. 15. If ye love me, keep my commandments] No better way to seal up love than by being obedient. "How canst thou love me," said she, "when thy heart is not with me?" 16:15. Hushai, to show his love to David, set upon that difficult and dangerous service for him, of insinuating into Absalom’s counsels, and defeating them.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 14:15". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-14.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

John 14:15. If ye love me, keep my commandments. The term of loving God, is frequently taken from that expression of love which consists in doing such things as are esteemed grateful or beneficial to the object beloved: but as our endeavours cannot advance either the benefit or happiness of God, and our doing things that are grateful to him consists in performing whathe commands; therefore our obedience to the will and commands of God, is frequently stiled loving him; because the best, if not the only way of demonstrating our love to God is, to endeavour to please him; and we cannot please him, but by obeying him. Hence the love of God is used, in some places, as synonimous to keeping his commandments, as will appear from comparing Exodus 20:6. Deuteronomy 5:10. Our blessed Lord, therefore, perceiving that his disciples' hearts were melted with the prediction of his departure, nobly comforts them, by telling them, that their obedience would be a far more grateful sign of their affection to him, than any sorrow which they could shew.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on John 14:15". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/john-14.html. 1801-1803.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In these words our Saviour implicitly reproves his disciples for their fond way of expressing their love to him, by doating upon his bodily presence, and sorrowing immoderately for his absence and he expressly warns them to evidence their love to him by their obedience to his commands; If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Where observe, Christ requires an obedient love, and loving obedience.

Love without obedience is but dissimulation: obedience without love is but drudgery and slavery. Such a love as produces obedience, must be a dutiful love; a love of reverence and honour to him as a commander, and an operative and working love, a labour of love, as the apostle calls it; Not waiters, but workers, are the best servants in Christ's esteem.

And such an obedience as is the product of love, will be a willing, easy, and cheerful obedience a pleasing and an acceptable obedience, a constant and abiding obedience; all other motives without love are servile and base, and beget in us the drudgery of a slave, but not the duty of a son: He that fears God only, is afraid of smarting: but he that loves God, is afraid of offending.

Learn hence, That the best and surest evidence we can have of our love to the Lord Jesus Christ, is an humble, cheerful, universal, and perservering obedience, to his commands: Keep my commandments: that is, endeavour it without reserve; for though we cannot keep the commandments to a just satisfaction, yet we may perform them to a gracious acceptation.

And the word My, my commandments, is a sweetening and alleviating word. Moses's law, an unsupportable load, but Christ's law an easy burthen. The law from Sinai, dreadful; the law from Sion, gracious; it pardons weakness, and accepts sincerity.

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Burkitt, William. "Commentary on John 14:15". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/john-14.html. 1700-1703.

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

John 14:15. A new exhortation—to keep His commandments in proof of their love to Him—in order, John 14:14, to attach a new promise thereto. But exhortation and promise are thus necessarily connected, as in John 14:11-12 ff. Hence the latter not without the former. Comp. John 14:21.

Note the emphatic τὰς ἐμάς: which you have from me; they are not those of the O. T., but the completion of these. Comp. on John 13:34.

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Meyer, Heinrich. "Commentary on John 14:15". Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/john-14.html. 1832.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 14:15. ἐὰν ἀγαπᾶτέ με, if ye love Me) Immediately after faith, He exhorts them to love [John 14:21].

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on John 14:15". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/john-14.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Do not show your love to me in mourning, and being troubled for my going from you; but show it by your obedience to what I have commanded you. True love must not evaporate in compliment, but discover itself in a strict observance of the commandments of God.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Если любите Меня, соблюдите Мои заповеди Ср. ст. 21-24. Любовь ко Христу неотделима от послушания (см. Лк. 6:46; 1Ин. 5:2, 3). «Мои заповеди» – это не только этические заповеди Иисуса в этом контексте (ст. 23, 24), но и все откровение Отца (см. 3:31, 32; 12:47-49; 17:6).

(14:15-31) В этих стихах Иисус пообещал ученикам пять сверхъестественных благословений, которыми мир не обладает: 1) чудесного Утешителя (ст. 15-17); 2) чудесную жизнь (ст. 18, 19); 3) чудесный союз (ст. 20-25); 4) чудесного Учителя (ст. 26) и 5) чудесный мир (ст. 27-31). Ключом ко всем им является ст. 15, в котором говорится, что все эти удивительные обетования принадлежат любящим Иисуса Христа, послушание которых служит доказательством их любви.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

15.If’ love’ keep my commandments—Preparatory to the reception of the Comforter, they were to come into full union with Christ by a love evinced by obedience. Hence this verse is not to be torn from its connection, but is to be viewed as conditional to the promise that follows.

 

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

“If you love me you will constantly keep in mind and obey what I have commanded you (literally ‘my commandments’), and I will pray the Father and he will give you another ideal companion (paraclete)”.

These words connect directly with what has gone before. In John 14:13-14 He has spoken with the assumption that there are ‘works’ to be done for which special enabling will be given. Now He specifically says that if they love Him they will do those works He has commanded them. (His commandments to them included preaching the Good News and healing the sick - Matthew 10:7-8; Luke 9:2). And in return His Father will give them, at His request, ‘another’ ideal companion, a ‘paraclete’, to replace His earthly presence, to assist them in their work. The word for ‘another’ indicates ‘another of the same kind’.

The word ‘paraclete’ means one called alongside to assist. It was used of a lawyer who would be called on to assist in a court of law, whether as defence or prosecutor, or of one assisting in speechmaking or teaching, or one who consoled. That is why we have translated it as ‘ideal companion’, for He is replacing Jesus Who has been their ideal companion, assisting, guiding, defending, teaching, empowering and consoling.

We do not need to try to select which meaning is in mind. The word Paraclete had an all-inclusive meaning of someone who came alongside to help. Most specifically in context He is the One Who will guide into all truth, bringing to mind what they have heard from Jesus, and interpreting it to their hearts as they carry out their ministry.

This confirms what we have said above. The test of love for Jesus is found in obedience to His demands. They can pray ‘in His name’ only because they love Him and are obeying implicitly what He has told them to do. It is because they have been given a huge responsibility that the resources of Heaven are at their disposal. They are to be used for no other purpose.

Furthermore that demand includes the fact that they must love one another (John 13:34-35). That is part of their ‘works’. Service is never in isolation except when unavoidable. So not only can they be sure that Jesus will respond to their prayers, providing all that they really need, but they can also know that they will be given ‘another ideal companion’ to assist them in their work.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

This is Jesus" first reference in this Gospel to the believer"s love for Himself. Typically Jesus first reached out in love to others and then expected love as a reasonable response (cf. John 13:1; Romans 12:1-2). The conditional sentence in the Greek text is "third class," which assumes neither a positive nor a negative response. Love for Jesus will motivate the believer to obey Him (cf. John 14:21; John 14:23; John 15:14; 1 John 5:3). In the context Jesus" commands are His total revelation viewed as components, not just His ethical injunctions (cf. John 3:31-32; John 12:47-49; John 13:34-35; John 17:6).

The greatness of our love for God is easy to test. It corresponds exactly to our conformity to all that He has revealed.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 14:15. If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments. An abiding communion between the glorified Redeemer and His disciples on earth has been spoken of as established,—a communion, as we have already seen, not to be broken by the ‘going away’ of Jesus to the Father. The object of the present verse (which is no interruption of the discourse by a direct precept) is to point out the condition by which alone this communion can be preserved and its greatest blessing, the presence of the Advocate, enjoyed—love. This love, too, consists in a loving self-surrender of ourselves to the sole object of glorifying the Father, analogous to the loving self-surrender of Jesus; for ‘my commandments’ are not merely commandments which He gives, but which He has Himself first received and made His own (comp. John 14:27).

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 14:15". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/john-14.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 14:15. . The fulfilment of the promise He is about to give depends upon their condition of heart and life. This therefore He announces as the preamble to the promise. On their side there would be a constant endeavour to carry out His instructions: on His side ’ During His ministry Jesus has said little of the Spirit. Now on the eve of His departure He directs attention to this “alter ego”. He designates Him , implying that Jesus Himself was a Paraclete. See 1 John 2:1. is literally advocatus, called to one’s aid, especially in a court of justice. [Cf. in Arist., Thesm., 369; Ecclesiastes, 9.] See especially Hatch, Essays in Bibl. Greek, p. 82, and Westcott’s “Additional Note”. “Comforter” in A.V[88] is used in its original sense of “strengthener” (con, fortis); as in Wiclift’s version of Philippians 4:13, “I may all thingis in him that comfortith me” (see Wright’s Bible Word-Book). This, Paraclete should remain with them for ever, and He is specifically designated (John 14:17) , cf.John 16:13-14; He would enable them to understand the new truths which were battling with their old conceptions, and to readjust their beliefs round a new centre He would explain the departure of Christ, and the principles of the new economy under which they were henceforth to live. This spirit was to be peculiarly theirs, , the characteristically worldly cannot receive that which can only be apprehended by spiritually prepared persons. It has been proposed to render , “seize” or “apprehend,” as if a contrast to the world’s apprehension and dismissal of Jesus were intended. But is regularly used in N.T. to express “receiving the Spirit,” Galatians 3:2; 1 Corinthians 2:12. The world cannot receive the Spirit , ’ Outward sense cannot apprehend the invisible Spirit; and the world has no personal experience of His presence and power; but ye, , have this experimental knowledge, “because He is even now abiding with you (has already begun His ministry; or, rather, has this for His characteristic that He remains with you, making you the object of His work), and shall be within you”. With the entire statement cf.1 Corinthians 2:8-14.

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

of afflicting yourselves at our separation, and my going to the Father, you ought, if you truly love me, to testify your affection, by a faithful observance of my commandments. Behold, this is the best proof you can give me of your attachment: better far than any exterior sign of grief and tenderness. (St. John Chrysostom)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

love. Greek. agapao. App-135., and see p. 1511. keep. Most of the texts read, "ye will keep".

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

If ye love me, keep my commandments.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. Christ's commandments are neither substituted in place of God's commandments in the moral law, nor are they something to be performed over and above that law. But they are that very law of God, laid on His disciples by the Lord Jesus, in the exercise of His proper authority, and to be obeyed as their proper service to Himself as their Lord and Master-from new motives and to new ends; for we "not without law to God, but under the law to Christ" (1 Corinthians 9:21). This demand, on the principles of the two foregoing verses, is intelligible: on any other principles, it were monstrous.

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The Bible Study New Testament

15. If you love me. Obedience grows out of love!

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on John 14:15". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/john-14.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(15) If ye love me, keep my commandments.—Comp. Notes on John 14:17; John 13:34; John 15:10. The connection here is through the condition “in My name,” which includes willing obedience to His commands. The word “My” is emphatic—“The commandments which ye have received from Me.” Those of this last discourse are perhaps prominent in the thought.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

If ye love me, keep my commandments.
21-24; 8:42; 15:10-14; 21:15-17; Matthew 10:37; 25:34-40; 1 Corinthians 16:22; 2 Corinthians 5:14,15; 8:8,9; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 3:16-18; 6:24; Philippians 1:20-23; 3:7-11; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 2:3-5; 4:19,20; 5:2,3
Reciprocal: Exodus 20:6 - love me;  Leviticus 18:26 - keep;  Deuteronomy 4:40 - keep;  Deuteronomy 5:10 - love me;  Deuteronomy 7:11 - GeneralDeuteronomy 26:16 - keep;  Joshua 22:5 - love;  Judges 16:15 - when thine;  1 Kings 3:3 - walking;  2 Kings 18:6 - kept;  Psalm 119:4 - GeneralProverbs 19:16 - keepeth the;  Matthew 7:24 - whosoever;  Luke 6:47 - doeth;  Luke 8:15 - keep;  John 12:26 - serve;  John 14:23 - If;  John 14:24 - that;  John 15:14 - my;  John 21:17 - Feed;  2 Corinthians 13:14 - the communion;  1 Thessalonians 1:3 - and labour;  2 John 1:6 - this is love;  Revelation 22:14 - Blessed

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

In vers. 15-17 follows the fourth ground of consolation. Christ had foreannounced to His disciples, that they would be brought before judgment-seats, and princes, and kings. The contemplation of this must have invested His departure with every element of sadness. Their confidence in their conflict with the world had hitherto rested upon the fact, that they had Him in their midst as their champion and advocate. They were themselves ἄνθρωποι ἀγράμματοί εἰσιν καὶ ἰδιῶται, Acts 4:13. What should they be able to attempt and accomplish after the departure of the Lord, when the contest with the world grew more and more fierce? The sorrow and anxiety of this prospect our Lord obviates here by His consoling word: He would send His people another Advocate in their process against the world,—an Advocate who should, during all the ages of the militant Church, abide with them, assist their infirmity, and conduct their cause with full efficiency—the Spirit of truth. Lampe thinks that the promise of the mission of the Holy Ghost was appropriately connected with the preceding, because in it was given the power for the accomplishment of the greater works. But the fact is, that with regard to the greater works, the disciples were referred not to the Holy Spirit, but to the power of the glorified Christ. The Holy Spirit appears here only in His proper function, as Intercessor, Advocate, or Comforter.

Ver. 15. "If ye love Me, keep My commandments."

This is the condition to which the fulfilment of the promise now to be given is attached. What is here, where the main point was consolation, only hinted at, is further dilated upon in ch. 15. And the hint given here leaves it to be expected that such a moral hortatory portion of the last discourses of our Lord was to follow. For if fidelity in the love of Christ, and in the observance of His commandments, is of such pervasive importance, surely it was not enough to deal with it only in the way of a brief and passing intimation. Jesus here most vitally and thoroughly connects together love to Himself, and the fulfilment of His commandments. He acknowledges no love which does not find its expression in the observance of His laws. These cannot be separated from the person: they are so many conditions, under which alone communion with His person is possible. On the other hand, our Lord recognises no fulfilment of His commandments which is not an outgoing of personal love to Himself. He condemns every other kind of fulfilment which springs only from temporal interest, from fear of punishment, from deference to public opinion, as mere illusion. It is expressly declared that love is the condition of all obedience to His commandments, and must approve itself in that obedience.

"My commandments:" Moses was not wont to speak thus. It implies the oneness of nature between Christ and the Supreme Lawgiver. Hence, in unison with this, we mark the intentional use of the same expressions which are used in the Old Testament with reference to Jehovah: comp. especially Exodus 20:6, "And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments;" Deuteronomy 7:9, "The faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him, and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations;" ver. 11, "Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments which I command thee this day to do them;" Psalms 103:17-18, "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them;" Psalms 25:10. The two expressions of the Mosaic law come nearest to our passage. There the keeping of the commandments of God appears both as the guarantee and as the outflow of love to Him, as its inseparable attendant.

The commandments of the Old Testament were also the commandments of Christ; and they are included by Him when He speaks of His commandments. For He had solemnly recognised them, and exhorted His Church inviolably to keep them: comp. Matthew 5:17-20. But He did not simply receive them externally into His Gospel; He has everywhere modified, supplemented, and established them: comp. on ch. John 13:34.

All old things in Him became new. For example, the first and greatest commandment of the Old Testament, that of the love of God, takes here, as we see in ch. 15, the form of a commandment to love Christ, who first loved His disciples; whilst the commandment to love our neighbour takes the form of a commandment to love the brethren who are sharers of the redemption in Christ. All Old Testament ordinances and precepts are baptized in Christ, and new-born in Him.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

15.If you love me. The love with which the disciples loved Christ was true and sincere, and yet there was some superstition mixed with it, as is frequently the case with ourselves; for it was very foolish in them to wish to keep him in the world. To correct this fault, he bids them direct their love to another end; and that is, to employ themselves in keeping the commandments which he had given them. This is undoubtedly a useful doctrine, for of those who think that they love Christ, there are very few who honor him as they ought to do; but, on the contrary, after having performed small and trivial services, they give themselves no farther concern. The true love of Christ, on the other hand, is regulated by the observation of his doctrine as the only rule. But we are likewise reminded how sinful our affections are, since even the love which we bear to Christ is not without fault, if it be not directed to a pure obedience.

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