6. 1. So the apostle (Romans 5:9-10) is not contradicted. Wandering the Wilderness in Faith. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. Spoken to them…done among them the works: “By both his life and his words he rebukes human sin and condemns it. The friendship of David and Jonathan is well known: the latter cheerfully gave up his crown to his friend, though himself was every way worthy to wear it. The proleptical character of the saying is clearly shewn in the οὐκ οἶδεν τί ποιεῖ ὁ κ., for this was precisely their present condition, but was after His Ascension changed into light and knowledge. He has spoken of His own love for them as the measure of their love for each other. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". Surely all men ought to love Christ, and when they do they will obey. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/john-15.html. ), Demonstration of friendship, Divine and human, I. CHRIST DEMONSTRATES HIS LOVE TO MAN BY DYING. in Me convertite ferrum. “Sicut immortalitatem carnis et salutem animarum futuram exspectamus, quamvis jam pignore accepto salvi facti esse dicamur: ita omnium notitiam quæcumque Unigenitus audivit a Patre, futuram sperare debemus, quamvis hoc jam se fecisse dixerit Christus.” Aug(215) ut supra. Christ says ‘for His friends’ because He is addressing His friends. In Christ's death were united the oblation of a Divine person, and the sanctity of a sinless man; the perfection of a holy will, and the fulfilment of a spotless life; the willing sacrifice of the sinless for the sinful, of the shepherd for the sheep that was lost, of life for the dead. "Greater love:" love is here spoken of in relation to the disciples, who were already friends. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". This is the second time that Jesus has commanded his followers to love one another (cf. 2. BibliographyJ. Hunt.). Bibliography"Commentary on John 15:13". Friends share what they have learned. Let us consider the unparalleled greatness of Christ’s love. Charles Schribner's Sons. But though He died, He lives again: His love was stronger than death. All other rights reserved. And that they might not underrate the measure of this exemplary love, He says, μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην … αὐτοῦ. Their moral pollution was contracted by acts of aggression against this Redeemer. In that death were united the oblation of a Divine person and the sanctity of a sinless man; the perfection of a holy will and the fulfilment of a spotless life; the willing sacrifice of the sinless for the sinful, of the shepherd for the sheep that was lost, of life for the dead. But a question is put. Some of the more subtle phases of John's thought cannot be apprehended without a careful study of this often-recurring conjunction. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 2. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/john-15.html. Anything other than sacrificial love is a lesser love. That which He sustained. - the fact confess'd, the fault my own. The intensity of His designs. 1840-57. Does a child bind his father by promises to give him bread, or a mother to foster him in sickness? Light does not pour forth from the sun, with a fuller and directer ray than does perfect and eternal love overflow from the bosom of God upon all the works that He has made. Then, with only his shirt and socks, the little hero lay down beside him. No human arm could have rescued them from their degradation. (H. J. W. Buxton) ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 2. The utmost limit of human love. But the ground was wet and chilly, and the younger cried for home and his mother. he cried, turn all your swords alone. 5. At last the night fell dark and cold, the children were lost, and lay down for shelter in a field. II. The day before he had to march to the town where the conscripts’ names were called over, and their clothing and weapons given them for the campaign, young Mr. Durham, a neighbour, came, saying, “Farmer Blake, I will go instead of you.” The farmer was astonished so much so as to be unable to reply for some time. In relation to friends, the offering up of life is the greatest demonstration of love. Here He states. in Me convertite ferrum. BibliographyBurkitt, William. (B. Fulg. The term “friends” is here used because those whom He is addressing were His friends. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-15.html. III. A little child six years old, went out one autumn afternoon to play with a companion younger than himself, Johnnie Carr, the little hero whose name deserves to be written in gold, rambled about with his smaller playmate till the houses were left behind, and they were in the country. He neither could, nor durst, the guiltless youth; Ye moon and stars, bear witness to the truth! in the first battle he was shot and killed! Even Hiss friends need an atoning sacrifice ("And hath given Himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God, προσφορὰν καὶ θυσίαν," as we read in Ephesians 5:2). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/john-15.html. That friend is Jesus of Nazareth, but He made it very clear that if we are His friends, we will show it in our obedience to His commands. Now it is impossible that a man should show a greater love to another, than by parting with the greatest good he is in possession of for his sake. Upon the necessitous unlimited supplies. (Swain. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. he cried, turn all your swords alone. Though they for whom Christ died were enemies by their wicked works, yet by his death they were reconciled. He stooped to the lowest grade of human society. Such He took unto Himself, and thereby He possessed Himself of something He might give for us. There is a climax to everything, and the climax of love is to die for the beloved one. It is very easy to think of the sacrifice implied in "lay[ing] down one's life" as dying for another in one moment of time. New International Version (NIV), NIV Application Commentary – John 15:12–13. God commendeth His love to us in that while we were yet sinners in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Ver. Amplified® "Sermon Bible Commentary". Hence our Saviour proves, that he loved them with the greatest love, because he for their sake was about to part with what in the common judgment of men is the greatest good. Jesus is alone with His friends, and one friend can give no greater proof of love to another than to die for him. This is the second time that Jesus has commanded his followers to love one another (cf. Whatever could stay the eager wolves for a time was thrown to them in vain. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Light does not pour forth from the sun with a fuller and directer ray, than does perfect and eternal love overflow from the bosom of God upon all the works that He has made. Whatever is doubtful, this is sure. MAN DEMONSTRATES HIS LOVE BY OBEYING. We have been specifically chosen, summoned by Him to be His friend! The Ten Commandments constitute a spiritual law that is inexorable and eternal, producing faith and happiness and righteous character that pleases God. MeA fraus omnis: - nihil Iste - nec ausus. "Commentary on John 15:13". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-15.html. We admire local charity and extended philanthropy; but the widest range of human benevolence falls far short of the love of Christ, which flows through all nature, worlds, and generations. This is My commandment: I lay it upon you, and demand it as the return of My great and unspeakable love, if indeed ye would that men should know you for My disciples.". In many cases, our understanding and therefore our appreciation of this falls short of what it should be. He loves His followers with superlative love. And in the case of all those who accept his atonement, he renders them, who formerly were not so, in reality his friends. 1, vol. Such love requires that we also love God with our entire heart, soul, and, strength (Deut. John W. Ritenbaugh Bible Commentaries / John Gill's Exposition of the Bible / John / John 15 / John 15:13; Share Tweet. In our Saviour’s case it was not precisely, though it was, in a sense, death for His friends. John 15:15 proleptically spoken, of the state in which He would place them under the Spirit. In those final hours just prior to His crucifixion on a cruel Roman cross, the Lord Jesus was with those that were his dearest and closest friends. Self-sacrifice is the high water mark of love. 13. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/john-15.html. It was roughly done, but with every blow there fell a tear from his eyes. We want that blessed chivalry of love in which a man feels, “I would suffer any insult from that man if I could do him good for Christ’s sake.”, 3. And how much wilt thou advance to enjoy thy children again? 1. Everything he has he will sacrifice for this. The most an individual can do for his friends is to die for them.

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