“If One Love Me, He Will Keep My Word” -- By: Howard Osgood

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 051:204 (Oct 1894)
Article: “If One Love Me, He Will Keep My Word”
Author: Howard Osgood


“If One Love Me, He Will Keep My Word”

Howard Osgood

Love and gratitude are the dominant motives of the redeemed of Christ. They have known their sin and their utter inability to overcome it. They have trusted Christ’s word, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest.” In Christ they have found pardon and peace with God, and their hearts well up in love and gratitude “unto him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by his blood,” “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” “We love, because he first loved us.” This grateful love is the active principle of faith, for “in Christ Jesus” nothing avails “but faith working through love.” And this love is manifest only when it keeps the commands, the teaching, the words of him who redeems the soul, our Lord and our God. “If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.” “He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me.” “If a man love me, lie will keep my word.” “He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.”

They who know that they have been redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, that they were bought with a price, have found liberty and peace in becoming, with Moses and Paul, Christ’s bond-servants. To know Christ more intimately, to think with Christ, to feel with Christ, to speak the truth with Christ, to do Christ’s will,—that is the hunger and thirst, as it is also the education, of those who serve their

Redeemer, not for hire but freely, not in order to be saved, but because they have been saved.

Nothing is more important at the present day, for him who makes Christ his model and his aim, than to ascertain by all the means in his power the view which Christ took of the written word of God. There are so many discordant voices, so many utterly contradictory teachings, so many “say unto us, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here,” that the only refuge is to study for ourselves the plain teachings of Christ, and follow as we see that he believed and taught. The four Gospels are the only reports we have of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and. believing those Gospels to be true and accurate accounts, there is no difficulty in learning from them Christ’s treatment of, and teaching concerning that written word of God, which was before him as it is before us now, the Old Testament.

The minds of some believers in Christ as the Saviour have been strangely obscured and troubled by the teaching of a few learned men, that Christ voluntarily limited himself and consented to be finite in knowledge while here on ear...

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