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John 14:23

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.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Commandments;   Communion;   Contingencies;   Fellowship;   God;   God Continued...;   Love;   Obedience;   Righteous;   Righteousness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Future, the;   God's;   Heaven;   Heavenly;   Holy Spirit;   Home;   Love;   Love-Hatred;   Obedience;   Obedience-Disobedience;   Promises, Divine;   Spirit;   Words;   Words of Christ;   The Topic Concordance - Abodes;   Antichrist;   Comfort;   Coming;   Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;   Disobedience;   Government;   Holy Spirit;   Jesus Christ;   Love;   Manifestation;   Obedience;   Peace;   Resurrection;   Sending and Those Sent;   Teaching;   Trouble;   Will of God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Communion with God;   Love to Christ;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Love;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Comfort;   Counselor;   Faith;   Follow, Follower;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Trinity;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Coming of Christ;   Communion;   Works, Good;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Timothy;   Wilderness of the Wanderings;   Zacchaeus;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Love;   Obedience;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Children (Sons) of God;   God;   Holy Spirit;   John, Theology of;   Love, Lover, Lovely, Beloved;   Mansion;   Obedience;   Parousia;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Abiding;   Assurance (2);   Communion (2);   Death of Christ;   Eternal Life (2);   Fellowship (2);   John, Gospel of (Critical);   John, Gospel of (Ii. Contents);   Keeping;   Love (2);   Mansion ;   Manuscripts;   Pity;   Presence (2);   Quotations (2);   Sanctify, Sanctification;   Shekinah ;   Surname;   Trinity (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - 14 Word Words;   1910 New Catholic Dictionary - ecclesiasticus;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Fruit;   Habitation;   Holy ghost;   Pentecost;   Samuel;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Rest (and forms);   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jude;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Abide;   Communion;   Eschatology of the New Testament;   Exodus, the Book of;   Johannine Theology, the;   Lord's Supper (Eucharist);   Omnipresence;   Parousia;   Sons of God (New Testament);   Trinity;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Shekinah;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for October 25;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

If a man - Not only my present disciples, but all those who shall believe on me through their word, or that of their successors:

Love me - Receive me as his Savior, and get the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost:

He will keep my words - Observe all my sayings, and have his affections and conduct regulated by my Spirit and doctrine:

My Father will love him - Call him his child; support, defend, and preserve him as such.

And we will come unto him - God the Father, through his Son, will continue to pour out his choicest blessings upon his head and upon his heart:

And make our abode with him - Will make his heart our temple, where God, the Father, Son, and Spirit, shall rest, receive homage, and dwell to eternity. Thus will I manifest myself to the believing, loving, obedient disciple, and not to the world, who will not receive the Spirit of the truth.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Will keep my words - See John 14:15.

We will come to him - We will come to him with the manifestation of pardon, peace of conscience, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It means that God will manifest himself to the soul as a Father and Friend; that Jesus will manifest himself as a Saviour; that is, that there will be shed abroad in the heart just views and proper feelings toward God and Christ. The Christian will rejoice in the perfections of God and of Christ, and will delight to contemplate the glories of a present Saviour. The condition of a sinner is represented as one who has gone astray from God, and from whom God has withdrawn, Psalm 58:3; Proverbs 28:10; Ezekiel 14:11. He is alienated from God, Ephesians 2:12; Isaiah 1:4; Ephesians 4:18; Colossians 1:21. Religion is represented as God returning to the soul, and manifesting himself as reconciled through Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:21.

Make our abode - This is a figurative expression implying that God and Christ would manifest themselves in no temporary way, but that it would be the privilege of Christians to enjoy their presence continually. They would take up their residence in the heart as their dwelling-place, as a temple fit for their abode. See 1 Corinthians 3:16; “Ye are the temple of God;” 1 Corinthians 6:19; “Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost;” 2 Corinthians 6:16; “Ye are the temple of the living God.” This does not mean that there is any personal union between Christians and God - that there is any special indwelling of the essence of God in us for God is essentially present in all places in the same way; but it is a figurative mode of speaking, denoting that the Christian is under the influence of God; that he rejoices in his presence, and that he has the views, the feelings, the joys which God produces in a redeemed soul, and with which he is pleased.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

See under John 14:15 and John 14:20 for discussion of thoughts repeated here. Christ was ever interested in the salvation of men's souls, and that is why he shifted the emphasis back to what had already been taught concerning salvation. Thaddeus' dream of an earthly kingdom was of no concern at all to Jesus.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 14:23". "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

Jesus answered and said unto him,.... This answer is returned, and these words are spoken, for the further confirmation and explanation of what was before said:

if a man love me, he will keep my words; by his "words" are meant not his doctrines, but his ordinances; the same with his commandments, John 14:21, which he has said, ordered, and commanded to be observed, and which are observed by such who truly love him, and that from a principle of love to him, and with a view to his glory: and for the encouragement of such persons as before, he says,

and my Father will love him: which is to be understood not of the love of the Father, as in his own heart, which is not taken up in time, but was in him from all eternity; nor of the first discovery of it to his people, but of greater manifestations of it to them, and a quicker sense of it in their hearts, and also of some other effects of it, to be enjoyed by them in an higher manner; such as larger measures of grace, more communion with him here, and eternal honour and glory hereafter:

and we will come unto him: I who am now going away, and my Father to whom I am going, and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, I have promised to pray for: hence a proof of a plurality of persons in the Godhead, of a trinity of persons, of there being neither more nor fewer than three; since neither more nor less can be collected from the context; and of their distinct personality, or it could not be said with any propriety, "we" each of us "will come unto him"; not locally and visibly, but spiritually, by affording our gracious and comfortable presence, the continuance of which is promised next:

and make our abode with him; which denotes habitation; for the saints are the dwelling places or temples of the living God, Father, Son, and Spirit; and the constancy and perpetuity of their residence in them, not as a wayfaring man, but always, though this may not be always discerned by believers; and is a wonderful instance of the grace and condescension of God to dwell on earth with sinful men; and a far greater one it is, than if the most mighty potentate on earth should take up his abode in a poor despicable cottage with the meanest of his subjects.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 14:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-14.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

we will come and make our abode with him — Astonishing statement! In the Father‘s “coming” He “refers to the revelation of Him as a Father to the soul, which does not take place till the Spirit comes into the heart, teaching it to cry, Abba, Father” [Olshausen]. The “abode” means a permanent, eternal stay! (Compare Leviticus 26:11, Leviticus 26:12; Ezekiel 37:26, Ezekiel 37:27; 2 Corinthians 6:16; and contrast Jeremiah 14:8).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 14:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/john-14.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

If a man love me (εαν τις αγαπαι μεean tis agapāi me). Condition of third class with εανean and present active subjunctive, “if one keep on loving me.” That is key to the spiritual manifestation (εμπανιζωemphanizō).

We will come (ελευσομεταeleusometha). Future middle of ερχομαιerchomai and first person plural (the Father and I), not at the judgment, but here and now.

And make our abode with him
(και μονην παρ αυτωι ποιησομεταkai monēn par' autōi poiēsometha). See John 14:2 for the word μονηmonē (dwelling, abiding place). If the Holy Spirit “abides” (μενειmenei John 14:17) in you, that heart becomes a temple (ναοςnaos) of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16.), and so a fit dwelling place for the Father and the Son, a glorious and uplifting reality.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 14:23". "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

My word ( λόγον μου )

The entire gospel message, as distinguished from its separate parts or commandments.

We will come

Compare John 10:30; Revelation 3:20.

Abode ( μονὴν )

See on John 14:2. Compare 1 John 2:24; 1 John 5:15.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 14:23". "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

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Jesus answered — Because ye love and obey me, and they do not, therefore I will reveal myself to you, and not to them.

My Father will love him — The more any man loves and obeys, the more God will love him.

And we will come to him, and make our abode with him — Which implies such a large manifestation of the Divine presence and love, that the former in justification is as nothing in comparison of it.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on John 14:23". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-14.html. 1765.

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Jesus does not appear to reply directly to the question of Judas.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Отец Мой возлюбит его. Прежде мы говорили, что любовь Божия не идет второй по порядку и не следует за благочестием, словно за своей причиной. Но верующие должны быть твердо убеждены, что их послушание Евангелию угодно Богу, и ожидать от Него все новых благословений. «Придем к нему», к тому, кто любит Меня, то есть чувствует, что в нем обитает благодать Божия, и день ото дня возрастает в дарованиях Божиих. Итак, Христос говорит не о вечной любви, которой возлюбил нас прежде создания мира, но о том, как Он запечатлевает эту любовь в наших сердцах, делая нас причастниками усыновления. Он имеет в виду не первое просвещение, но те ступени веры, по которым надлежит подниматься верующим, согласно сказанному: имеющему дастся. Следовательно, паписты неверно выводят отсюда два вида нашей любви к Богу. Они думают, что мы по природе любим Бога до того, как Он возрождает нас Своим Духом, и этим приготовлением мы заслуживаем благодать возрождения. Словно Писание и наш опыт не учат повсеместно, что мы полностью отвращены от Бога и ненавидим Его, покуда Он не изменит наши сердца. Итак, надобно иметь в виду, что именно хотел сказать Христос. Он придет вместе с Отцом, дабы утвердить верующих в постоянном уповании на Свою благодать.

 

 

 

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Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books

Vv. 23 justified the to us in the question of Judas; John 14:24 answers to: and not to the world. Between the two clauses of John 14:24, this idea must be understood: "It is not a small thing to reject my teaching; and indeed ( καί) it is the teaching of God Himself" (John 12:49, etc.). Conclusion understood: "How, with such a disposition, hostile to the word both of the Son and the Father, could one be fit to become their abode!" Comp. what was said of the world in John 14:15; John 14:17.

Thus have the reasons for encouragement presented by the Lord been gradually raised one upon another: "You shall have a place secured for you with me in the Father"s house....Through me, the way, you cannot fail to reach the end....Already here on earth, you have seen the Father....You shall be able to continue my work on the earth....Another divine support will give you strength for it....In this inward support, it is I myself who will join you again....The Father Himself will with me come to dwell with you...." Is there not here what may justify the: Let not your heart be troubled (John 14:1)? The following passage, which closes this first outpouring, returns to its starting-point, in that it even makes the Be not troubled, a Rejoice.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Ver. 23. Jesus answered and said unto him] Our Saviour, passing by that frivolous question, proceedeth in his discourse. Some follies are best confuted by silence. One having made a long and idle discourse before Aristotle, concluded it thus: I doubt I have been too tedious unto you, Sir Philosopher, with my many words. In good sooth, said Aristotle, you have not been tedious to me, for I gave no heed to anything you said. (Plutarch, de Garrulitate.)

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Sermon Bible Commentary

John 14:23

Consider:—

I. The connection between Christ and His words. (1) Christ and His words are both very fully made known to us. (2) There is a perfect harmony between Christ and His words.

II. The connection between loving Christ and keeping His words. The way in which our Lord states this brings before us (1) the central truth of Christian doctrine—viz., that in some way, there must be a change of heart before there is a change of life. (2) The Christian philosophy of morality. There is no system but Christianity that gathers all the grand motives to morality round a person, and makes the strength and essence of them spring from love to Him.

J. Ker, Sermons, p. i.

References: John 14:23.—S. Cox, Expositor, 2nd series, vol. ii., p. 278; H. W. Beecher, Christian World Pulpit, vol. viii., p. 148; Homiletic Quarterly, vol. v., p. 451. John 14:23-31.—Homiletic Magazine, vol. xii., p. 273. John 14:24-26.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxxi., No. 1842; F. W. Farrar, Church of England Pulpit, vol. xvii., p. 169. John 14:25, John 14:26.—F. D. Maurice, Gospel of St. John, p. 383. John 14:25-31.—W. Roberts, Christian World Pulpit, vol. x., p. 138. John 14:26.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. i., No. 5; vol. vi., No. 315; Ibid., Evening by Evening, p. 288; G. Brooks, Five Hundred Outlines, p. 103; A. Barry, Cheltenham College Sermons, p. 370; Homiletic Magazine, vol. xviii., p. 26; J. Keble, Sermons from Ascension Day to Trinity, p. 187; R. W. Church, Three Hundred Outlines on the New Testament, p. 92; B. F. Westcott, The Historic Faith, p. 103.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, How our Saviour still goes on to direct and encourage his disciples to evidence the sincerity of their love to his person, but the universality of their obedience to his commands; and tells them how great their advantage would be by so doing.

For first, The Father would love them; that is, manifest his favour to them in farther dispensations of grace and comfort.

Learn thence, That all the manifestations of divine love to the souls of believers, depend upon their close walking with God in the paths of holiness and strict obedience.

Secondly, We will make our abode with him. He shall have Father and Son's company. An illusion to a parent that has many children; he will be sure to live with them that are most dutiful to him, and most observant of him. The expression of making their abode with us, denotes that sweet and intimate fellowship which shall be betwixt God and us, and the perpetuity and constancy of it at all times; till we are taken up by him into heaven, he will make his abode with us, by the indwelling presence of his Holy Spirit, the graces and comforts whereof shall abide with us for ever.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 14:23. τὸν λόγον μου, My word) [Not as Engl. Vers., words]. The word is represented as one (Singular) in this verse, in reference to believers, who keep it whole: in John 14:24 ( τοὺς λόγους μου) more words than one (Plural) are mentioned, in reference to unbelievers, who rend them in sunder: “keepeth not My words.” Comp. ch. John 15:12, note [“This is My commandment ( ἐντολὴ), That ye love one another.” He had previously used the Plural, commandments. All of them are comprised in the one, love]; and 1 John 2:4-5, “He that keepeth not His commandments (Plur.), etc.; but whoso keepeth His word” (Sing.), etc.— τηρήσει, he will keep) Keeping His commandments is put before love in John 14:21, “He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me:” now love is put before keeping His word. Love, in a certain respect, and that a primary one, goes before keeping of the commandments; see John 14:15, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments;” but in a certain respect it also follows, since by keeping of the commandments love the more in proportion increases, and acquires new vigour. Therefore to keep His word is a middle term between the love towards Jesus Christ, and the love of the Father towards him who loves Jesus Christ.— ἐλευσόμεθα, We will come) I and the Father. The Singular number ἐμφανίσω, I will manifest, advances onward to the Plural, we will come.— μονὴν, abode) See the correlative to this in John 14:2, μοναἰ, mansions.(352) Comp. Revelation 3:20, at the end, “I will come into him, and sup with him, and he with Me.”— μονὴν ποιήσομεν, We will make our lasting abode [mansion]) Either the architect or the inhabitant is said to make an abode (mansion): but in this place it is restricted to the inhabitants (the indwelling Father and Son). This is a very sublime view. It is therefore cut short at John 14:25.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

If any man love Christ, he will keep Christ’s words; that is, he will study and endeavour to keep the commandments of Christ; for if nothing evidenced a true love to Christ but a perfect obedience to his will, none could comfort himself from his obedience, or conclude his love to Christ from it; but he that loveth Christ, will make it his business to be obedient to him in those things first he hath commanded, and are within his power.

And my Father will love him; and my Father will manifest his love to him in further dispensations of his grace; for it cannot be understood of God’s eternal love, nor yet of his love in justification and regeneration; for till the man or woman be justified and regenerated, he will never study and endeavour obedience to the will of God. This love of God is the cause, not the effect of our obedience; but love in this verse must be expounded by manifesting in the former verse; and this is certain, that the manifestations of Divine love to our souls depend upon our walking with God. This is also meant by God the Father and Christ’s coming to those that love him, and keep his commandments; viz. a coming in the sweet influences of Divine grace, suited to the soul’s various necessities: nay, our Lord promises, not only his and his Father’s coming to, but their making an abode with such as love him, and keep his commandments. Here the abiding of the First and Second Person in the Trinity with believers; the abiding of the Third Person with them is also promised, John 14:16; which all make that presence of God with them, so often promised to them in holy writ. Thus our Saviour answereth one part of what Judas said, How is it that thou wilt manifest thyself to us? Because, saith our Saviour, you love me, and keep my words: for though no love, no works of ours, foreseen or seen, be the cause of eternal love, or the first grace; yet it is so much a cause of further grace, especially in the sensible manifestations of it, that no soul must expect it that doth not love Christ, and keep his words. He also further gives them a reason, as to the second thing he asked, why he did not manifest himself to the world?

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Love to Jesus Christ will lead a man to obey his commands, and will secure to him the illuminating, purifying, and blissful presence of both the Father and the Son. They shall dwell with him and he with them, and his habitual communion be truly with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

23.If—Upon this mighty if it depends whether Christ manifests himself as our Saviour or not.

My Father’ we’ him—The Father, Son, and Spirit, will in spirit come into union with the believer’s spirit. And can any one imagine that the believer will be forever unconscious of his spiritual guests, and incapable of realizing the actuality of their communion? On the contrary, Jesus says of the Spirit, John 14:17, Ye know him; and of his own spirit, John 14:19, Ye see me; and declares, John 14:21, I will manifest myself. All this affirms that the believer may enjoy a conscious communion with Christ and God.

 

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Jesus did not clear up Judas" misconception, apparently because He wanted to stay on the subject of the importance of loving and obeying Him. He did not deny an eschatological return, but He restated what He had just said about His post-resurrection appearance to the Eleven. Jesus stressed the principle that loving obedience always results in intimate fellowship. He was speaking here about the relationship that believers could have following Pentecost. In the process He again stressed His union with the Father.

Jesus began this instruction by referring to abiding places (Gr. monai, plural) that He would prepare for His disciples in heaven ( John 14:2). He now revealed that He and His Father would make their home (Gr. monen, singular) in believing disciples on the earth first. These are the only two occurrences of this word in the New Testament. They bracket this section of Jesus" discourse and indicate its unity.

"Salvation means we are going to heaven, but submission means that heaven comes to us!

"This truth is illustrated in the experiences of Abraham and Lot, recorded in Genesis 18, 19. When Jesus and the two angels visited Abraham"s tent, they felt right at home. They even enjoyed a meal, and Jesus had a private talk with Abraham. But our Lord did not go to Sodom to visit Lot, because He did not feel at home there. Instead, He sent the two angels....

"Charles Spurgeon said, "Little faith will take your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul." Your heart can become a "heaven on earth" as you commune with the Lord and worship Him." [Note: Wiersbe, 1:353.]

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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on John 14:23". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/john-14.html. 2012.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 14:23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If any one love me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. Again the thought of John 14:15, and a fuller expression of the main teaching of this chapter, and, indeed, of this whole section of the Gospel. The answer to Judas is, that the manifestation referred to must be limited, because it can only be made where there is that communion of love which proves itself by the spirit of self-denial and submission to the charge of Jesus (comp. John 14:17; John 14:21). Two additional points are to be noted—(I) The climax: no longer ‘I’ but ‘We,’ a fuller presentation of the truth. (2) The beginning of the discourse is taken up again, and thus its parts are more closely united: ‘In my Father’s house are many places of abode’ (John 14:2); ‘We will make our abode with him.’

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 14:23. To this Jesus replies . The answer explains that the manifestation, being spiritual, must be individual and to those spiritually prepared. “It contemplates not a public discovery of power, but a sort of domestic visitation of love.” Bernard, , “to him we will come”; Jesus without scruple unites Himself with the Father. , a classical expression see Thuc., i. 131, . “We will make our abode with him, will be daily his guests, yea, house and table companions.” Luther in Meyer, is here used in a sense different from that of John 14:2, where it means a place to abide in.

 

 

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

answered, &c. See note on Deuteronomy 1:41 and App-122.

a man = any one. Greek. tis. App-123.

words = word (singular) Greek. logos: i.e. the commandments of verses: John 14:15, John 14:21.

abode. Same word as "mansions", in John 14:2.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words, [ logon (Greek #3056)] - rather, 'My word:'

And my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. Astonishing disclosure! Observe the links in this golden chain. First, "If a man love Me." Such love is at first the fruit of love: "We love Him because He first loved us." Then this love to Christ makes His word dear to us. Accordingly, "If a man love Me, he will keep My word." Further, such is My Father's love to Me, that when any man loves Me, and My word is dear to him, My Father will love that man. Finally, such a man-with heart so prepared and so perfumed-shall become the permanent habitation of both My Father and Me-the seat not of occasional and distant discoveries, but of abiding and intimate manifestations of both My Father and Me, to his unspeakable satisfaction and joy. He shall not have to say with the weeping prophet, "O the Hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?" but from his own deep and joyous experience shall exclaim, "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." He shall feel and know that the Father and the Son have come to make a permanent and eternal stay with him!

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(23) If a man love me, he will keep my words.—Our Lord repeats the condition necessary on the part of man in order that the manifestation of God to him may be possible. This is an answer to the question of Judas, the world in its unbelief and rejection of Christ’s words, and without the spirit of love, could not receive this manifestation.

We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.—For the plural, comp. Note on John 10:30. For the word “abode,” comp. Note on John 14:2. The thought of God as dwelling in the sanctuary and among the people was familiar to the disciples from the Old Testament Scriptures (see, e.g., Exodus 25:8; Exodus 29:45; Leviticus 26:11-12; Ezekiel 37:26), and the thought of the spiritual temple in the heart of man was not unknown to contemporary writers. Philo has a remarkable parallel in his treatise, De Cherubim, p. 124, “Since therefore He (God) thus invisibly enters into the region of the soul, let us prepare that place, in the best way the case admits of, to be an abode worthy of God; for if we do not, He, without our being aware of it, will quit us and migrate to some other habitation which shall appear to Him to be more excellently provided” (Bohn’s ed., vol. i., p. 199. See the whole of chap. 29). Schöttgen, in his note, quotes from a Rabbinical writer who says, “Blessed is the man who strives daily to make himself approved unto God, and prepares himself to receive the divine guest.” (Comp. 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; and Revelation 3:20.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
If
15,21
make
17; 5:17-19; 6:56; 10:30; Genesis 1:26; 11:7; Psalms 90:1; 91:1; Isaiah 57:15; Romans 8:9-11; 1 John 2:24; 4:4,15,16; Revelation 3:20,21; 7:15-17; 21:22; 22:3
Reciprocal: Genesis 47:11 - Rameses;  Exodus 29:45 - GeneralJudges 13:23 - he have showed;  2 Chronicles 19:11 - the Lord;  Psalm 5:4 - evil;  Psalm 68:1 - that hate;  Psalm 68:18 - that;  Psalm 69:36 - they;  Psalm 91:14 - set;  Psalm 119:2 - keep;  Psalm 145:18 - nigh unto;  Proverbs 7:1 - keep;  Proverbs 8:17 - I love;  Proverbs 14:10 - and;  Ezekiel 43:7 - where I;  Daniel 2:11 - whose;  Zechariah 2:8 - sent;  Zechariah 2:10 - and I;  Zechariah 8:3 - dwell;  Zechariah 13:7 - the man;  Luke 19:5 - for;  John 1:39 - Come;  John 5:18 - God was;  John 16:27 - the Father;  John 17:23 - I;  John 17:26 - that;  Romans 8:10 - if Christ;  1 Corinthians 16:22 - love;  2 Corinthians 13:5 - Jesus Christ;  Ephesians 3:17 - Christ;  Ephesians 4:6 - and in;  Philippians 2:11 - to the;  Colossians 1:27 - Christ;  Colossians 3:11 - and;  1 John 2:5 - whoso;  1 John 5:20 - and we;  Revelation 21:3 - Behold

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Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

John 14:23

"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words—and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 14:23

There are two grand vital points that every Christian should seek to be established in. The first is—Is he a believer in Christ? Has the blessed Spirit made Christ known to his soul? Has he embraced Jesus in the arms of living faith? The second point which he should seek to have established in his soul is—Does he abide in Christ? This he may know by having some testimony that Christ abides in him, and produces the fruits that flow out of this inward abiding. If Christ abides in him, his heart will not be like the nether mill-stone. He cannot rush greedily into sin; he will not love the world, and the things of time and sense; he cannot happily love idols, or do those things which ungodly professors do without one check or pang.

Jesus in the soul is a guest that will make himself known; yes, abiding there, he is King therein. He is Ruler in Zion, and when he comes into the heart, he comes as King. Being, therefore, its rightful Sovereign, he sways the faculties of the soul, and makes it obedient to his scepter; for "your people shall be willing in the day of your power" ( Psalm 110:3). "O Lord our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us; but we worship you alone" ( Isaiah 26:13)

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

Ver. 23. "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."

The promise which had been given in ver. 21 to the disciples, receives here an addition. Not He alone comes, but the Father with Him, and with Him the inexhaustible fulness of all consolation, the most abundant compensation for the impending departure of Jesus, the Son of man.

The love of Christ and the performance of His commandments is, as for the individual, so also for the churches, the measure of the participation in this glorious manifestation. To deal lightly with the least among the precepts of Christ, is wilfully to fight against our own blessedness. "The soul," says Quesnel, "which aspires to be the Temple of the Sacred Trinity, must have, as it were, an eternal longing to do His will." What holds good of the soul, holds good also of the Church. The μονὴν παρʼ αὐτῷ ποιήσομεθα points to "that I may dwell among them," Exodus 25:8; Exodus 29:45-46 : compare Ezekiel 37:27, "My tabernacle also shall be with them." The beginning of the true fulfilment of these Old Testament sayings was the revelation of Christ in the flesh (comp. on ch. John 1:14); its eternal realization we shall find in the new Jerusalem: here have we the middle fulfilment. In the parallel place, Revelation 3:20, the reference to the Canticles comes out more prominently than even here, where, however, the tender and internal tone points the same way.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

23.And my Father will love him. We have already explained that the love of God to us is not placed in the second rank, as if it came after our piety as the cause of that love, but that believers may be fully convinced that the obedience which they render to the Gospel is pleasing to God, and that they may continually expect from him fresh additions of gifts.

And we will come to him who loveth me; that is, he will feel that the grace of God dwelleth in him, and will every day receive additions to the gifts of God. He therefore speaks, not of that eternal love with which he loved us, before we were born, and even before the world was created, but since the time when he seals it on our hearts by making us partakers of his adoption. Nor does he even mean the first illumination, but those degrees of faith by which believers must continually advance, according to that saying,

Whosoever hath it shall be given to him, (Matthew 13:12.)

The Papists; therefore are wrong in inferring from this passage that there are two kinds of love with which we love God. They falsely maintain that we naturally love God, before he regenerates us by his Spirit, and even that by this preparation we merit the grace of regeneration; as if Scripture did not everywhere teach, and as if experience also did not loudly proclaim, that we are altogether alienated from God, and that we are infected and filled with hatred of him, until he change our hearts. We must therefore keep in view the design of Christ, that he and the Father will come, to confirm believers, in uninterrupted confidence in his grace.

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