Christ, while speaking with His Disciples, shortly before He would be headed toward the cross, is taking the time to quiet their fears and share strength which will enable them to get through the experience. Philip wanted more. He asked Jesus to “show” them the Father. Jesus had to exhort him with the understanding if they had known this truth, all the time He had spent with them they were already in the Father’s presence and would know who the Father was ONLY because of what He, Christ, was and doing on their behalf and for the many others whose lives had been touched.
Christ also shared with them the fact they would leave and do even greater miracles than He’d done while here. That gave them great comfort because they’d already experience having performed miracles, and to consider what more they would do, “greater” would be the given proof although He was not with them in the physical, He would be with them in spirit. However, there was one other bit of encouragement Christ would give to His Disciples:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (KJV)
The very word “if” is conditional. It states quite clearly, “If” you do this, then you have demonstrated love toward Me. If you do not love Me, then don’t bother with keeping My Commandments. You can read the verses which are inserted between the one given and this verse which follows:
“He that hath My Commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21 (KJV)
There is comfort in those words of Christ. He is giving them the solution which would take them through the difficult days ahead, His death, and later when He would leave them on their own for the remaining years of their lives.
Notice the verses inserted promises them a “true” comfort, even called, “The Comforter”, the Holy Spirit, Who will guide and lead them into all truth. What could be more truth than that of the Ten Commandments Christ is assuring them as their demonstration of love, to Him? While the Christian world pines the fact there is coming a time when this world will be destroyed and all sinners with it, it is of great comfort to those who are in keeping with God’s Ten Commandments. There are no other commandments which supersede these. Christ gave no “new” Commandment which was not already given and they surely would not have change, extend or refute His Father’s Commandments, but if it is called “new” it is only because it is given—again, in further clarity having wiped away all the dross the priests and scribes heaped upon them.
Have you not found a coin or something which is covered with dirt and grime and years of filth and when cleaned and polished, is it not said it is “new”, when it was the very same coin from the beginning? Such is the case with whatever Christ has said. He hadn’t given anything beyond what the Father and He and already given from the beginning, in that Garden where our first parents lived. The Ten Commandments were given before sin because then there would be nothing which would have made it a sin! They were given in Paradise, BEFORE sin entered into the world, and it was those Ten Commandments which identified sin and the sinner. Adam and Eve could not have sinned had there not been the Commandment which showed their disobedience. And is it not a fact, those who keep God’s Ten Commandments have peace. Peace in lieu of the pending and imminent storm which is to try our character, patience and salvation.
There is truly comfort in keeping God’s Commandments and again, it shows we love Him. Now, the other side of the proverbial coin is this: If you don’t truly love God, don’t bother in attempting to keep His Commandments.
So, do you? Do you love God? Do you “keep” His Ten Commandments? How are about keeping that Fourth one!
February 23, 2016