Obviously we who are alive today were not present when Jesus was actually speaking.Before we apply any of His promises to ourselves, we need to ask: Am I the kind of personto whom Jesus was speaking? Do His promises apply to me? Do I have the right to claimthem?For example, John 14 contains glorious promises, such as:“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do.”“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”“Because I live, you will live also.”“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,neither let it be afraid.”(verses 13, 14, 19, 27)But these beautiful promises were given only to a group of committed disciples. Peterspoke on behalf of them all when he said, “See, we have left all and followed You” (Luke18:28). To claim these promises without fulfilling this condition is not faith, but
.We each need to ask ourselves: Am I a disciple—or just a church member?
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. Hewho says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and thetruth is not in him.(1John 2:3–4)Our response to God’s commandments reveals our true spiritual condition. Obeyingthem is proof that we know God.The Bible contains many commandments covering various areas of our lives, but Jesussums them all up in one that takes precedence over all others:“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have lovedyou, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples,if you have love for one another.”(John 13:34–35)By obeying this commandment we fulfill the entire law: “For all the law is fulfilled inone word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14).Love is the end purpose for which all other commandments were given: “Now thepurpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and fromsincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk . . .” (1Timothy1:5–6). Any religious activity which does not produce love is merely wasted effort.It is on this basis that we must assess our obedience to God’s commandments. We needto ask ourselves: Is my life an expression of God’s love?