Four More Words

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

If you love me. Four more words that are integrated into the life of those who have entered into the Eternal Kingdom of Jesus Christ. But once again, if your position is in the world, and not in Christ, what do those words mean?

We have established that keeping the law is impossible and that salvation only comes by grace. So why is it asked of love to keep commandments? Jesus Himself defined the commandments in the simplest and most basic terms of the commandments.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Before you say, no problem, let’s go for it, I must remind you that if you are in the world, you only know love as the world knows it. To be in Christ is to know the love of God in a way the world could never match. You can want it, but you cannot match it because it is perfect in form and function. Agape love.

If I couldn’t understand it and I couldn’t perform it, then what am I to do? Well that is where the next five words come into play. “I will send a helper.”

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

To those who are born again, who become Kingdom dwellers, the Comforter is given.

You didn’t think God was going to leave something so precious in the hands of the fallible did you?

Three Words

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Saved by grace.

Once again understanding of a word comes from your positional condition. Grace to the world’s point of view means elegance or refinement of movement, perhaps a period of time you are not penalized for a late payment, as in grace period. In Christ it is the unmerited favor of God. That means we can do nothing to earn salvation, that man cannot save himself.

Matthew 19:25-26 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

We are told in this world that nothing is free, everything comes with a cost. You have to earn your way in this world. The world owes you nothing, you have to earn your way in this world. Once again, I must answer that is positional, you being in the world. To enter into His Glorious Kingdom which is not of this world, you cannot enter in by earning it.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

If His Kingdom is not of this world and I cannot earn my way to salvation, how can I change my position from this world to that Kingdom?

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

I love you.

Three words that changed the world forever.