|John 14:18-23 |
18 I will not leave you comfortless like orphans; I will come to you.
19 Before long the world will no longer see me; but you will see me; and because I live, you will also live.
20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.3 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Salvation occurs when you are one with Christ and God. Once you are in union, it is permanent. If you pay attention and obey, it results in union with God. We should always approach God with the thought of being with him forever."]
21 He who has my commands, and obeys them, it is he who loves me; and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will show myself to him."4 [Obey the commands you hear him speak to you from within your heart, and the words he speaks to you from within your heart impart the life of God, John 6:63; that life of God, Christ, grows within you, as his words are engrafted in your heart, until you become pure and see God in the face of Christ Jesus. Mat 5:8, 2 Cor 4:6.]
22 Then Judas, not Iscariot, said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will show yourself to us, and not to the world?" [This means that Jesus only appears for a second time to those disciples who have obeyed Him, to be purified, and who are waiting on His return in them. He appears in a man's heart; but he is hidden to the world. This applies to all true disciples, (2000 thousand years ago until now), who carry their inward cross of self-denial to crucify their lusts and affection.]
23 And Jesus answered and said to him, "If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him."5 [They make their home in your heart; and they live in a kingdom, into which you are translated. When you are translated into the kingdom, (while still alive on earth), you also see Him. Jesus appears in your heart. Jesus is revealed. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God." Rev 21:3. From the Word of the Lord within: "If you give heed to my words, I will dwell in you and walk in you."]
5 And Jesus answered and said to him, "If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him." Jesus said the Father and himself would come and make their home [dwell and live] in those who loved and obeyed him. (23) I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 2 Cor 6:16.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things have passed away." Rev 21:3-4
And I set my tabernacle in you; and my soul shall not abhor you.
And I will walk in you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. Lev 26:11-12
My tabernacle shall also be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Eze 37:27
I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will keep my judgments, and do them. Eze 36:26-27
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Jer 32:38
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph 3:17-19. Until we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:13.
All this occurs by your obedience to the spoken words you hear from Christ speaking as you persistently and patiently sit and listen in humble silence. Your obedience is perfected so that when Jesus and the Father come to make their home in your heart, (to dwell in you and walk in you), they come in sufficient measure to supply all your words to speak, command all your deeds, supply all your thoughts, and energize you to do the will of God perfectly.
This verse is sometimes translated as "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word," instead of "obey my spoken words;" but in the original Greek for the verse, (click to see), the Greek for word is logon <3056), which means: 1) of speech; 1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea; 1b) what someone has said. The Greek for the word keep is thrhsei <5083>, which means: to attend to carefully, or to guard, or to observe. To attend to, and observe is to obey.