John 14: 15-27
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you
“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
If you love me…
The Spirit of truth – the world does not know him, cannot see him, will not accept him. But we know him for he lives in us. The Spirit of truth will teach and remind us of what Christ taught and commanded. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. Do we love him? Obey him.
Keep my commandments…
The world does not see, but we do. He lives and because He lives we do also. We know him, we know his commands, we keep them and for that he knows we love him. Because we love him we are loved by the Father and Christ. This knowing transcends explanation and as Christ said the world does not see, does not know and cannot accept. We should not be surprised at the reactions we receive from an unbelieving world.
If we love him, we will keep his commands, the Father will love us and both Christ and the Father will make their home with us. The Spirit has come and is with us, bringing to remembrance what Christ has said, teaching us all things and this brings peace. Christ leaves his peace with us, a peace that assures and keeps us from fear.
If we love him…