Faith and Works are Necessary


by Mike Ratliff

10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. (John 15:10 ESV)

This walk before our Lord must be by faith, but it is an active faith. This active faith is fulfilled only by being obedient to our Lord’s commands. When we obey Him by keeping His commandments then we are abiding in Him. In fact, Jesus gives each of His sheep commands to keep as signs to others that they are true branches. What do you suppose is the essence of Jesus’ command to His disciples? Isn’t it to love each other? (John 13:35) Jesus modeled this command for us. As a result of His keeping this command, He remained in the Father’s love. Therefore, if His sheep keep this command, they will remain in Jesus’ love. Continue reading