"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full." JOH 15:11.
A double joy of obedience and communion is what David spoke of in a
prophetic way in PSA 16:8-10. "I have set the LORD always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart
is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For
thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy
One to see corruption." In the most trying circumstances sometimes we
have the greatest joy.
This joy of which David prophesied with regard to our Saviour was also
his joy as we see in PSA 16:11. "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in
thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures
for evermore." David understood what it was to enter into that joy.
Every person has a talent, and the Lord is looking at us to see if we
are using our talent for His service and for His glory or are we burying
our talent in the dirt? If we want to enter into the joy of the Lord, we
must put our talent to work in His service.
MAT 25:20-21 says, "And so he that had received five talents came and
brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five
talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord
said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Are we going to bury everything we
have in the things of this life and expect to have the joy of our Lord?
It is contrary to the teachings of Scripture.
"These things," which our text tells us Jesus has spoken unto us, refers
to maintaining communion with Christ, and the conditions upon which they
may be realized. We do not maintain this communion by serving Him one
day a week and the world six days a week. We need to serve Him from our
When we stray from His service into serving sin, communion is broken,
and His joy is lost as we can hear from David after he sinned. PSA 51:12
says, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy
free spirit." Salvation includes much more than just going to heaven.
Salvation is to be delivered from the power and the tyranny of sin.
Salvation is to be restored into the service of our Lord, and David had
fallen from this. He had become barren. His fruit was dried up. He was
no longer abiding in Christ. Re-entering His service, by repenting of
sin and turning back to the Lord would restore his joy. We will not have
the joy of salvation while serving self and sin.
David was not praying for salvation as though it had come into question,
but the joy of walking in His service had been lost, just as we see of
Peter in LUK 22:62, "And Peter went out, and wept bitterly." Now Peter
was not walking in that joy because He had denied his Lord. His heart
was now filled with grief and sorrow.
It is so important to realize that we need Christ in our everyday life
just as much as we do for eternity. Much teaching says that salvation is
something that happens after we die. That is not right. We need
salvation every day. We need that perfect peace of Christ in our hearts
under all circumstances.
The Father wants to be glorified by our sanctification in this life as
well as by our salvation for eternity. JOH 15:8 says, "Herein is my
Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."
When the Father is glorified, our hearts will be filled with joy, peace
and love. Those are the fruits of obedience. The fruit is the evidence
of a good or a bad tree. Notice MAT 7:18-20, "A good tree cannot bring
forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Are we
good trees? Have we been planted in the garden of the Lord? Then we
cannot bring forth evil fruit.
In order to enter into the joy of our Lord we must follow in His
footsteps. The grounds for this fullness of joy cannot be found in any
merit in anything in ourselves, but can only be found in the Person of
Christ and His finished work.
Joy of the Lord is My
The root of our joy is in the Benefactor who has given us the robe of
righteousness and gives us our crown. The measure of this joy is
determined by our daily walk in the footsteps of Christ, and our
fellowship and communion with Him.
Walk with God
Do we know Him? There are only two ways: we either walk in rebellion, or
we walk with Him. We must be careful that we are not presumptuous.
The greatest power in the world is not the Hydrogen bomb, but it is the
redeeming love of God. The Hydrogen bomb may destroy the whole world but
only the redeeming love of God can make it anew.
Peace in Christ
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?