Thursday, July 28, 2011

Love and obedience

From Justin Taylor's "The Relationship Between 'Love' and 'Commandments' in the Writings of John":
Jesus keeps his Father’s commandments and abides in his Father’s love

“I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” (John 15:10b)

Jesus keeps his Father’s commandments so that the world will know Jesus loves his Father

“I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” (John 14:31)

Jesus’ new commandment: Love one another as you are loved by Jesus

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34) “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” (1 John 3:23) “And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.” (2 John 1:5)

If you love Jesus you will keep Jesus’ commandments

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

Whoever keeps Jesus’ commandments loves Jesus and is loved by the Father

“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

If you keep Jesus’ commandments you will abide in Jesus’ love

“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love. . .” (John 15:10a) .... [more]
The Relationship Between “Love” and “Commandments” in the Writings of John – Justin Taylor