Keep my commandments! (Jn 15:10-15:10)

“If you keep

My commandments,

You will abide

In my love.

Just as I have kept

My Father’s commandments,

I abide

In his love.”

ἐὰν τὰς ἐντολάς μου τηρήσητε, μενεῖτε ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ μου, καθὼς ἐγὼ τοῦ Πατρός μου τὰς ἐντολὰς τετήρηκα καὶ μένω αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that if they kept (τηρήσητε) his commandments (ἐὰν τὰς ἐντολάς μου), they would abide in his love (μενεῖτε ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ μου).  Just as he has kept (τετήρηκα) his Father’s (καθὼς ἐγὼ τοῦ Πατρός μου) commandments (τὰς ἐντολὰς), he has abided (καὶ μένω αὐτοῦ) in his love (ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ).  Jesus continued with his comparison of his relationship to the Father, and their relationship to him.  As he had kept the commandments of God, the Father, they too should keep his commandments.  Thus, just as he remains in the love of God, the Father, they would remain in his love.  Love and following commandments were synonymous.  Do you show your love of Jesus by following his commandments?

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