Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 14:24

He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Commandments;   God;   Jesus Continued;   Righteousness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Future, the;   Heaven;   Heavenly;   Holy Spirit;   Home;   Mysteries-Revelations;   Oracle of God, Christ;   Revelation;   Spirit;   Words;   Words of Christ;   The Topic Concordance - Antichrist;   Comfort;   Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;   Disobedience;   Government;   Holy Spirit;   Jesus Christ;   Love;   Peace;   Resurrection;   Sending and Those Sent;   Teaching;   Trouble;   Will of God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Christ, the Prophet;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jesus christ;   Love;   Son of god;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Comfort;   Counselor;   Faith;   Follow, Follower;   Word;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Love;   Obedience;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Children (Sons) of God;   God;   Holy Spirit;   John, Theology of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Character of Christ;   Complacency;   Consciousness;   Death of Christ;   Dereliction;   Incarnation (2);   Keeping;   Love (2);   Manuscripts;   Prophet;   Quotations (2);   Son of God;   Trinity (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Prophet, the;   14 Word Words;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Fruit;   Holy ghost;   Pentecost;   Samuel;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Lord's Supper (Eucharist);   Salvation;   Trinity;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He that loveth me not, etc. - Hence we learn that the man who is not obedient to the testimonies of Christ does not love him; and the Spirit of this truth has said, He who loves not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed, 1 Corinthians 16:22.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on John 14:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-14.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The word which ye hear is not mine - See the notes at John 5:19; John 7:16.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on John 14:24". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-14.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

He that loveth me not keepeth not my words; and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me.

He that loveth me not ... This first double clause is a negative statement of John 14:15 and John 14:23. See under those verses.

Not mine, but the Father's ... This repeats the thought of John 12:48-50. The confusion of the apostles, necessitating Jesus' repetition of things previously taught, was due to their misunderstanding the true nature of Christ's kingdom, a misunderstanding that would not be cleared up until after Pentecost.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 14:24". "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

He that loveth me not, keepeth not my sayings,.... These words may have respect both to external professors of religion, who being destitute of true love to Christ, though they outwardly observe his ordinances and commands; yet inasmuch as this does not spring from a principle of love to him, and is done only to be seen of men, or to obtain life for themselves, may be said, not to keep his words or commands, because they do not keep them aright; and to the profane world, who, as they have no affection to Christ, pay no regard to any orders or ordinances of his: and they may be considered as having in them a reason or argument, justifying the conduct of Christ, in manifesting himself to his disciples, and not unto the world; as the following words give a reason why the Father takes so much notice of, comes and makes his abode with such as keep the words of Christ:

and, or "for"

the word which you hear, is not mine, but the Father's which sent me: that is, it is not only mine, but my Father's also: it is not mine as man; it is not a scheme of things of my own devising; it is not from earth, but from heaven; my Father has a concern in it, and therefore regards such who hear, receive, and keep it: and this is said by him partly to engage a greater regard and attention to his word, his truths, and ordinances, by his disciples; and to expose and aggravate the sin of those who despised and rejected them; since it was not barely casting contempt on him, but on his Father likewise.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 14:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-14.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

He that loveth me not (ο μη αγαπων μεho mē agapōn me). Present active articular participle of αγαπαωagapaō with negative μηmē “the one who keeps on not loving me.”

Is not mine, but the Father‘s (ουκ εστιν εμοσ αλλα του πατροςouk estin emos class="normal greek">εμος — alla tou patros). Predicative possessive pronoun πατροςemos and the predicate genitive of possession patros f0).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 14:24". "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 sayings ( λόγους )

Rev., words. Compare word, John 14:23. The constituent parts of the one word.

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The Fourfold Gospel

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word1: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
    John 14:23,24

  1. If a man love me, he will keep my word. Jesus contents himself by pointing out to Judas the fact that loving obedience is the means by which the blessed indwelling is obtained. It was better that Judas should busy his heart and will about the "means" of blessing rather than his head about the mysterious and incomprehensible "manner" of it.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 14:24". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-14.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Not mine; not mine alone.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Нелюбящий Меня. Поскольку в этом мире неверующие смешаны с верными и с необходимостью мятутся словно в бурном волнующемся море, Христос этими словами призывает Своих не увлекаться плохими примерами. Он как бы говорит: Не смотрите на мир, не зависьте от мира. Ведь всегда будут люди, презирающие Меня и Мое учение. Вы же постоянно удерживайте ту благодать, которую однажды приняли. Кроме того, Он хочет сказать, что мир будет справедливо наказан за свою неблагодарность, когда погибнет в собственной слепоте. Ведь, презирая истинную праведность, он неизбежно выказывает ненависть ко Христу.

Слово же, которое вы слышите. Дабы ученики не ослабли из-за ожесточения мира и не поколебались, Христос еще раз говорит об авторитете Своего учения, свидетельствуя, что оно от Бога, а не придумано людьми. Твердость нашей веры состоит в том, что мы знаем: Бог – наш вождь, и мы утверждены на Его вечной истине. Итак, как бы мир ни безумствовал в ожесточении, будем следовать учению Христову, превосходящему своим достоинством небо и землю. Отрицая же, что слова эти принадлежат Ему, Христос приспосабливается к восприятию учеников и как бы говорит, что учение это не человеческое, но Он лишь верно передает то, что заповедано Ему Отцом. Кроме того, мы знаем, что, будучи вечной премудростью Божией, Христос Сам есть единственный источник всякого учения, и все бывшие от начала пророки говорили Его Духом.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

Ver. 24. But the Father’s] Therefore to be obeyed, because of divine authority. God’s impress makes authentic, and binds every good heart to obedience. Veniat, veniat verbum Domini, et submittemus ei, sexcenta si nobis essent colta, said Baldassar, a godly Dutch divine (in Epist. ad Oecolamp.).

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 14:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-14.html. 1865-1868.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 14:24. μὴ ἀγαπῶν με, he that loveth Me not) as is the case with the world. See John 14:22.— τοὺς λόγους μου, My words) The godly man is said to keep both the word and words, and the commandments, of Christ and of God; the hypocrite is said not to keep them: it is only the word, or words [not also the commandments], that the man who is professedly alien to Christ is said not to keep. To observe His word is the whole; to observe the commandments is the part.— οὐ τηρεῖ, keepeth not) and therefore is not loved [of the Father and Son, John 14:21], nor seeth the ‘abiding’ of the Father and Son in him.— καὶ λόγος, and the word) This clause has reference not only to the former words of this verse, but also to John 14:23; nay, even more to the latter, as is evident from the singular number being used here, as in John 14:23.— ὃν ἀκούετε, which ye hear) now also, whilst I am speaking these things with you.— ἀλλὰ, but) Hence is evident the reason why he who keepeth, or else keepeth not, the word of Jesus, hath the Father also (abiding with him), or else hath Him not accordingly.

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on John 14:24". 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

Because they did not love him, nor keep his sayings, their sin was aggravated; because the words which he spake were not his will only, but the will of his Father who had sent him into the world, to reveal his will to the sons of men.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

24.Loveth me not—As the if was a mighty if, so this not is a terrible negative. It shuts the soul from communion with Christ in earth or heaven. And so Judas is answered. By a distinct reiteration Jesus clears Judas’s thoughts, and draws in his mind the distinct outline of the clear truth. In the coming dispensation of the Spirit the manifestations of Christ will be made to the spirits of those who love him, and to those alone.

 

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

In conclusion, Jesus restated the ethical point He had made in John 14:15; John 14:23 a negatively. Lack of love for Jesus will result in lack of obedience to His teachings, which are the revelations of God the Father (cf. John 12:49; John 14:10).

In summary, Jesus revealed that He would depart from the Eleven shortly. He would do so to go and prepare a place for His believing disciples to dwell with Him eventually in heaven. He would prepare this place by going to the cross, rising from the dead, and ascending to heaven. Then He would return for them and take them to that place. However in the meantime He would dwell in them by His Spirit. He would also come to them before He departed for heaven.

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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on John 14:24". "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 14:24. He that loveth me not keepeth cot my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. A fuller explanation than before why the world cannot receive the manifestation of the Father and the Son, but given now from the negative rather than the positive side. It will be observed that in John 14:23-24, we have first ‘word,’ then ‘words,’ and then, again, a return to the singular ‘word.’ The explanation may in part be that to him who receives in faith the ‘words’ of Jesus are one; he sees their unity; they are a ‘word:’ to him who receives not in faith they are scattered and unconnected, ‘words’ not a ‘word.’ It may be found also in another consideration,—that he who keeps keeps a whole, he who disobeys disobeys the several precepts. We remark only further that our Lord, while implying in John 14:23-24 that the world cannot receive such a manifestation of the Father and of Himself as had been promised to His own, shows with equal distinctness that there is no class favoured in an arbitrary manner. All make themselves what they are. If ‘any one,’ He says, ‘love me;’ and, again, ‘he that loveth me.’ The world need not be the ‘world.’ Every one may come and have the promise in all its fulness.

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 14:24. The necessity of love as a condition of this manifested presence is further emphasised by stating the converse, . The of John 14:22 is here more closely defined by . See Holtzmann.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 14:24". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-14.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

sayings = words. Greek. logos. Same as "word "in the next clause, and in John 14:23. Compare John 8:51, John 8:52, John 8:55, and see note on Mark 9:32. Which sent Me. This expression (Greek. ho pempsas, App-174.), Occurs twenty-four times, all in John. See John 4:34; John 5:23, John 5:24, John 5:30, John 5:37; John 6:38, John 6:39, John 6:40, John 6:44; John 7:16, John 7:28, John 7:33; John 8:16, John 8:18, John 8:26, John 8:29; John 9:4; John 12:44, John 12:45, John 12:49; John 13:20; John 15:21; John 16:5. In the third person, "that sent Him", twice, John 7:18; John 13:16.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on John 14:24". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/john-14.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings. Hence, it follows that all obedience not springing from love to Christ is in his eyes no obedience at all.

And the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. (See the note at Matthew 10:40.) It will be observed that when Christ refers back to His Father's authority, it is not in speaking of those who love Him and keep His sayings-in their case it were superfluous-but in speaking of those who love Him not and keep not His sayings, whom He holds up as chargeable with the double guilt of dishonouring the eternal Sender as well as the Sent.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 14:24". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-14.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(24) He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings.—He has shown in the previous verse how the Father and the Son can take up their abode in the hearts of the believers. He now shows how they could not be manifested to the hearts of the world. He that loveth not Christ keepeth not His word, and that word is the Father’s. He has rejected the love of God which is revealed in the Son, and has Himself closed the channels of communion with God. God cannot dwell with him because there is in him nothing which can be receptive of the Divine Presence.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
that
15,21-23; Matthew 19:21; 25:41-46; 2 Corinthians 8:8,9; 1 John 3:16-20
and
10; 3:34; 5:19,38; 7:16,28; 8:26,28,38,42; 12:44-50
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 19:11 - the Lord;  Psalm 68:1 - that hate;  Zechariah 2:8 - sent;  John 3:11 - We speak;  1 Peter 1:8 - ye love

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

Ver. 24. "He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me."

He "keepeth not My words," and therefore the Father cannot love him; we cannot come to him, and make our abode with him. Thus nothing has "taken place," but the world excommunicates itself. The saying, "and the word which ye hear," etc., gives the reason wherefore the not keeping Christ's commandments entails such ruinous consequences. If Christ's word goes back to the Father's authority, then arise in full power all those sayings of the Old Testament in which the keeping of the commandments of God is exhibited as the condition of fellowship with Him, from Genesis 18:19 downwards. Compare particularly Leviticus 26:3, "If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them;" vers. 11, 12, "And I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be My people;" Deuteronomy 7:12 seq., Deuteronomy 28:1; Deuteronomy 28:15. And the reference to these passages of the Old Testament shows further, that, over and above the application to individuals, the application to religious communities must not be forgotten. In the proportion in which they are filled with zeal for the obedience of the words of Christ does the Father love them, and make His abode among them. When this zeal dies out, the Father with Christ retires, and leaves nothing but darkness behind. This the Jews were to find out in sad experience, to which the word of Christ primarily refers: comp. ch. John 15:20.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

24.He who loveth, me but keepeth not my words. As believers are mixed with unbelievers in the world, and as they must be agitated by various storms, as in a troubled sea, Christ again confirms them by this admonition, that they may not be drawn away by bad examples. As if he had said, “Do not look upon the world so as to depend on it; for there will always be some who despise me and my doctrine; but as for you, preserve constantly to the end the grace which you have once received.” Yet he likewise intimates that the world is justly punished for its ingratitude, when it perishes in its blindness, since, by despising true righteousness, it manifests a wicked hatred towards Christ.

And the word which you hear. That the disciples may not be discouraged or waver on account of the obstinacy of the world, he again procures credit to his doctrine, by testifying that it is from God, and that it was not contrived by men on the earth. And, indeed, the strength of our faith consists in our knowing that God is our leader, and that we are founded on nothing else than his eternal truth. Whatever then may be the rage and madness of the world, let us follow the doctrine of Christ, which rises far above heaven and earth. When he says that the word is not his, he accommodates himself to the disciples; as if he had said that it is not human, because he teaches faithfully what has been enjoined on him by the Father. Yet we know that, in so far as he is the eternal Wisdom of God, he is the only fountain of all doctrine, and that all the prophets who have been from the beginning spoke by his Spirit.

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