All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. 1909-1922. John 15:13-15 presents us with an interesting and exciting expansion of our place within our relationship with Christ. 1905. And now, lastly, for one moment, note the mutual friendship of Christ’s friends.

https: Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. We must accordingly interpret in a manner similar to that applied at chap. https: Young's The Ten Commandments constitute a spiritual law that is inexorable and eternal, producing faith and happiness and righteous character that pleases God. That we are often quick to doubt Him? Then comes the application: ὑμεῖς … ὑμῖν. How grateful is obedience to Christ, seeing it dignifies the practisers of it with the title of his friends. No longer ... servants ... is not an excuse for Christians to abandon the concept of themselves as bondslaves of Christ (Romans 1:1); but the teaching is that the Lord treats his followers far better than any servant deserves to be treated. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. 14. ὑμεῖς φίλοι. See Matthew 22:36, Matthew 22:38. "Commentary on John 15:14". Believers are branches of this Vine. In the preceding verse, the injunction of brotherly love had been based upon the example of Christ. We have been specifically appointed, ordained, placed in this unique relationship that we may produce the right things in life. John 15:14-15 mark an important shift in the relation between Jesus and those who closely follow him and obey him. 1874-1909. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you - `if ye hold yourselves in absolute subjection to Me.'. The Elements of Motivation (Part Four): Obligation. https: However, not once did he say that love nullifies or supersedes the Ten Commandments. "Commentary on John 15:14". The words describe a condition or state: ‘Ye are my friends for whom in love I lay down My life,’ and ye continue such in being led by the power of My love to lay down your lives for one another. BibliographyWesley, John. Here it is based upon the obedience which the disciples of Christ as His friends are bound to render. "Commentary on John 15:14". Proverbs 18:24 says, "A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." That nothing short of an humble, uniform, cheerful, and constant, obedience to the commands of Christ, will evidence the truth of our relation to him, and the sincerity of our friendship with him: Then only are ye my friends, when ye do whatsoever I command you. Text, ὅσα, whatsoever, literally, as many things as. If we have any sense of gratitude for His work in intervening, leading, guiding, correcting, and perfecting our character so that we produce much fruit and love one another, our sense of obligation will be further stirred to ensure that we do not let Him down in any area of life. N.A.S.B.

We have here no second motive to the exercise of brotherly love, based upon the obedience which the friends of Jesus are bound to render to Him. Passively, I will declare myself to be your friend. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15:9-17 Those whom God loves as a Father, may despise the hatred of all the world.

There was a presumption implied in this, that He also would die for His friends (Euth. If ye do (εαν ποιητε — ean poiēte). "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". John 15:14.

BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. How glorious is the believer's relation to Christ, in being one of his friends. He condescends to raise them into the most intimate companionship with himself.

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For the grace of God our Savior hath appeared, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and righteously, and piously, in this world, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament.