"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full." JOH 15:11.
What is a more blessed subject than to read of the joy of the Lord Jesus
Christ remaining in you that your joy might be full? Among "these
things" that Jesus had spoken, we not only need to consider the first 10
verses of this chapter, but also what He had spoken in JOH 14:27: "Peace
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth,
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid." He is speaking of two types of peace. The peace He leaves us is
that peace we have from the Father through the blood of the Lord Jesus
Christ. "My peace" is the peace of mind, the perfect tranquility He had
on the cross when He said, "Father forgive them they don't know what
they are doing." He had no contention against those who had nailed Him
to the cross. The world knows nothing of such a peace. Under no
circumstances should we allow our hearts to be troubled. Under no
circumstances should frustration take hold of us.
Where do you find the joy of the Lord Jesus Christ if you have a heart
filled with frustration and worry about the things of this life? If the
things of this world can distract you, then you do not understand the
peace He leaves with you or the joy of the Lord Jesus Christ. Among
these things about bearing fruit and obedience, He also spoke about
love, sending the Comforter, and His peace, which lead to His joy. Do
you have joy with a heart that is not filled with love? If your heart is
filled with anxiety and your affections are set on the things of this
world, you neither have the peace of Christ nor the joy.
JOH 15:7-10 says, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my
Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my
love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I
have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
He describes continuing in His love as keeping His Father's
commandments. He brings us into a parallel with the relationship He has
with His Father. We obtain His joy and peace by walking in His Spirit of
unconditional, humble obedience. We abide in His love and peace and we
enter into His joy. You cannot enter into His joy without entering into
His peace. You cannot enter into His peace without having entered into
His love. We see His love revealed in that He kept His Father's
commandments and abode in His love.
What are the fruits of the Spirit? "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith," as we see in GAL 5:22. Having spoken of
His peace, which is the fruit of love (loving God with our heart, soul
and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves), He now goes on to speak of the
joy there is to be found in "our labor of love." The Lord wants to see
love in our hearts. The Lord is jealous of these commands, and He
watches carefully the attitude of our heart toward these commandments of
In 1TH 1:2-4 we read, "We give thanks to God always for you all, making
mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of
faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus
Christ, in the sight of God and our Father [see the connection between
this labor of love and the call of the gospel]; Knowing, brethren
beloved, your election of God." God our Father is looking on that labor
of love, and that is where He is so delighted. He is looking for a
response, a return on His labor of love. He is pointing out the
connection between our labor of love and knowing our election of God. Do
we want to know whether we are one of God's elect? Then we must examine
our hearts for that labor of love. Do we understand what it means to
enter into and abide in the love, peace and joy of Christ? If we do,
then we will know our election of God.
What is our election of God? In 2TH 2:13 we read, "God hath from the
beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit
and belief of the truth." Do we realize how important believing the
truth is? When we hear people taking God's name in vain, using the word
hell as a byword, do we really think they believe the truth of the
solemnity of the wrath of God? No, they have no conception of what they
are talking about.
The prophet Isaiah fell on his face to be in the presence of the Lord,
and said, "Woe is me! for … I am a man of unclean lips." He understood
what an awesome thing it is to come into the presence of God. What would
it mean to come under His wrath and to think that a person would say
that he believes the truth and can lightly speak of God's threats of
hell, to think that a person could lightly esteem the salvation of God?
We are called, we are chosen unto sanctification of the spirit and
belief of the truth. The Lord is eternally pleased with the love our
Savior has commanded us to show unto His name, "that ye love one
another, as I have loved you," as it says in JOH 15:12.
It is important that we see the connection between our labor of love and
entering into the joy of our Lord. In HEB 6:10-12 we read, "For God is
not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have
shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do
minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence
to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but
followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
We see here the emphasis on the two tables of the law. We demonstrate
our love for God by showing and ministering love to the saints. See the
connection between this and salvation. We do not merit anything, but if
these connecting links are missing, do not claim salvation, because this
is our evidence of it. If we are biting and devouring one another and
claiming salvation, Satan is warming his hands in the fires of hell for
you. There is no such thing as having enmity and hatred and bitterness
against our fellowman and claiming salvation.