|John 13:35 |
35 By this all men shall know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other."3
3 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another; and that you love one another as I have loved you. By this all men shall know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other. Jesus is talking about a love of brother to brother, like what David described of his love for Jonathan: your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of a woman. Note! David speaks of a pure, brotherly love that surpasses the love of a man for a woman. What man has known a love for a spiritual brother that surpasses the love for a woman? Only a man filled with God's spirit, filled with his love, the greatest gift of all. As Jesus prayed for his disciples and those who would follow their words and teachings; for his followers to be filled with the same love that the Father had bestowed on Jesus himself:
I have declared to them your name, and will declare it, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:26
And Christ further declared that this godly love, surpassing anything seen in the world, would be the mark of his disciples, so the world would know them. Jesus told us that we would know the true prophets vs. the false prophets by their fruits; and the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness [ or meekness, or humility), self-control. And the greatest of these is love. So you will know them by their love; you will know them by their love for each other. I give you a new commandment, That you love one another; and that you love one another as I have loved you. By this all men shall know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other.
Many of Jesus' commands are impossible to completely obey, no matter how hard you try; unless you go to him to receive the changing power of God. Christendom has no power because they don't understand the gospel, which is the power of God; they don't understand the cross, which is the power of God; and they don't understand the power of his name. Christendom is without power, practicing a form (hollow shell) of godliness; exactly what Paul warned about. 2 Timothy 3:5. But you can be changed to be able to completely keep all of Jesus' commands, to fulfill the law, to establish the law, to become perfect, to become pure, to become holy — by believing in his true promises and going to him to silently listen — hear and obey. But until you do, you will always be locked into the slavery of sin, unable to love like he has commanded us, unable to show the love of God to the world, unable to be a true disciple of Christ, with no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ.