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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 14:15-17

Christ not only proposes such things to them as were the matter of their comfort, but here promises to send the Spirit, whose office it should be to be their Comforter, to impress these things upon them. I. He premises to this a memento of duty (John 14:15): If you love me, keep my commandments. Keeping the commandments of Christ is here put for the practice of godliness in general, and for the faithful and diligent discharge of their office as apostles in particular. Now observe, 1. When... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 14:15-17

14:15-17 "If you love me, keep my commandments; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another helper to be with you for ever, I mean the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot receive him, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him because he remains among you and will be within you." To John there is only one test of love and that is obedience. It was by his obedience that Jesus showed his love of God; and it is by our obedience that we must show our love of Jesus. C.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 14:15

If ye love me ,.... Not that Christ doubted of the love of his disciples to him; but he argues from it to their observance of his precepts, seeing ye do love me; as all do who are born again, who have had any spiritual sight of him, of his glory, suitableness, and fulness; who believe in him, and have received from him; who have had his love shed abroad in their hearts, having enjoyed communion with him, and know the relation he stands in to them; these love him above all others, and all of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 14:15

If ye love me, keep my commandments - Do not be afflicted at the thought of my being separated from you: the most solid proof ye can give of your attachment to and affection for me is to keep my commandments. This I shall receive as a greater proof of your affection than your tears. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 14:15

Verse 15 15.If you love me. The love with which the disciples loved Christ was true and sincere, and yet there was some superstition mixed with it, as is frequently the case with ourselves; for it was very foolish in them to wish to keep him in the world. To correct this fault, he bids them direct their love to another end; and that is, to employ themselves in keeping the commandments which he had given them. This is undoubtedly a useful doctrine, for of those who think that they love Christ,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:8-21

(5) The question of Philip , with the reply . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:8-21

Philip's questioning. This disciple, one of the earliest, seizes upon the last word of our Lord and asks for a bodily sight of the Father. I. PHILIP 'S DEMAND TO SEE THE FATHER . "Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us." 1. It is hard to decide how much of ignorance is compatible with saving grace . 2. Evidently Philip thought of such a revelation of God as was vouchsafed to Moses in answer to the request , " Lord , show me thy glory ." 3. He... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:12-15

(b) The greater works , and their conditions and issues , He offers a fresh ground of consolation, based on the double consideration, first of his departure from them and abiding presence with them, and then on the reflex effect on their own faith and on the world of their consciousness of union with him. He throws the arms of his love round about, not only the eleven disciples, but all believers on him, and in a sense draws them up into his own Divinity. With these words must be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:15

If ye love me, keep £ my commandments . This great saying is enlarged on in the subsequent section—the relation of love to obedience, obedience producing love, and love suggesting obedience and supplying it with motive. τὰς ἐντολὰς τὰς ἐμάς , "the commandments which are peculiarly mine" (see Westcott on John 15:9 ), "as either adopted and reuttered by me , or as originating in my new relation to you." "Guard them as a sacred deposit, obey them as the only reasonable... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:15

Love, the Christian motive to obedience. In these simple words our Lord revealed the great principle which was to be the life and salvation of the world. That love to him, in response to his love to them, was to be the motive by which their future conduct was to be inspired and governed; such was the revelation the Divine Jesus made to his most intimate and sympathetic friends. And however indistinctly they might apprehend the importance of this principle, these disciples, by acting upon... read more

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