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"...by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments." -1 John 2:3
The impact of the Upper Room Discourse found in John's gospel cannot be overstated as it relates to his continued ministry. These words are derived from Christ's words to His disciples during His final moments with them before His betrayal, "If you love Me, keep my commandments."* This idea is not meant to be conditional in nature - like an exchange of services. Rather, the thought rests on the foundation of a pre-established relationship which drives the disciple's actions. To paraphrase: since you love Me, you will keep my commandments. Remember that our deeds are the evidence of our faith; and in John's verse we can reconcile the legalist and the laggard.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.