New American Standard Bible
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
King James Bible
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore said to the Jews who believed him, If ye abide in my word, ye are truly my disciples;
World English Bible
Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.
Young's Literal Translation
Jesus, therefore, said unto the Jews who believed in him, 'If ye may remain in my word, truly my disciples ye are, and ye shall know the truth,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If ye continue in my word - If you continue to obey my commandments and to receive my doctrines.
Then are ye ... - This is the true test of Christian character. John 14:21; "he that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me." See John 2:4; John 3:24; 2 John 1:6. In this place Jesus cautions them against too much confidence from their present feelings. They were just converted - converted by a single sermon. They had had no time to test their faith. Jesus assures them that if their faith should abide the test, if it should produce obedience to his commandments and a truly life, it would be proof that their faith was genuine, for the tree is known by its fruit. So we may say to all new converts, Do not repress your love or your joy, but do not be too confident. Your faith has not yet been tried, and if it does not produce a holy life it is vain, James 2:17-26.
LibrarySeptember 15 Morning
Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.--ROM. 6:14. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.--My brethren, ye . . . are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.--Being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ.--The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
February 28 Evening
Of the Imitation of Christ, and of Contempt of the World and all Its Vanities
and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
"My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
2 John 1:9
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.
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