“If you love Me, Keep My Commandments”
A Genuine Christian.
The test of a genuine Christian is given in the word of God. Says He: “If you love Me, keep My commandments” John 14:15. That is; “If you love Me, let not your love be as that of the feelings of attachment between people. Genuine love lies in obedience to My commandments.”
The love that yields willing and unreserved obedience is not fickle, it is a strong, fixed principle, revealed both in word and action. The true beauty of the soul is found in obedience to the will of God.
Adam and Eve’s disobedience in what we perceive to be a very small matter, forfeited Eden to them, and to mankind, bringing sin upon the human race.
God’s Commandments are for the regulation of the human heart. If we observe them, our lives will be lives of obedience because of our love for Jesus.
These are the Conditions for Abiding in His Love.
He says: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love… Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” John 15:10, 13-14).
From the very lips of our Lord are His conditions for abiding in His Love: “keep my commandments.”
And if we do so, it is plain testimony that we love Him. “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” Revelation 22:14
These are the conditions upon which every soul will be elected to eternal life.
Our obedience to God’s Commandments will prove our right to an inheritance with the saints in light.
We may search the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, but we will not find a single son or a daughter of Adam who has been elected for salvation in disobedience to His law.
The world makes void the law of God; but Christians are chosen to sanctification through obedience to the truth.
The Bible, and the Bible alone is the rule of faith and doctrine for the followers of Christ, it alone affords the means of distinguishing the path that we are to walk from the broad road that leads to perdition and death.