April 21, 1985
God desires absolute, total obedience from His people, not a mere ritual observance of commandments that already suit our lifestyles and personalities. In this study from John 14, Alistair Begg helps us discover that our love for God is displayed in such obedience, which we offer not as a means to salvation but as a response to His grace in saving us. True obedience, Scripture teaches, reveals itself in humility, love, and holy living and results in God’s blessing upon our lives.
15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,6 to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be7 in you.
18“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever 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.” 22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23Jesus answered 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 home with him. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.
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