John 15:14 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New TestamentHere Christ invites his people to obedience, by the honourable title of friends: Ye are my friends.
1. Actively, you will declare and manifest yourselves to be my friends.-
2. Passively, I will declare myself to be your friend.
Learn hence, 1. How condescending is the love of Christ, in calling his servants by the name of friends.
2. How glorious is the believer's relation to Christ, in being one of his friends.
3. How grateful is obedience to Christ, seeing it dignifies the practisers of it with the title of his friends.
4. Our conformity to Christ consists not so much in imitation of what he did, as in obedience to what he prescribed. Some actions of Christ are inimitable, but all his commands are obeyable.
5. That nothing short of an humble, uniform, cheerful, and constant, obedience to the commands of Christ, will evidence the truth of our relation to him, and the sincerity of our friendship with him: Then only are ye my friends, when ye do whatsoever I command you.
Consult other comments:
Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament
William Burkitt (1650 - 1703) was a Church of England clergyman, bible expositor, and devotional writer.
Volume 1: Matthew - John, was published in 1700.
Volume 2: Acts - Revelation was published 1703.