Why did Jesus say: “If you love me, keep my Commandments”?

Question on FB: Why did Jesus say “If you love me, keep my Commandments.” John 14:15

Christian response,

Though Jesus did infuse 9 of the 10 (moral laws) of the Sinai Commandments into the New Covenant, don’t confuse the Commandments of Jesus with the old Law of the Covenant; Jesus came to bring something radically new and soul saving i.e. the New Covenant established in His blood (Mark 2:22; Luke 22:20). Jesus’ Commands are not simply a reiteration of the old Law but the Commands of Messiah Jesus are superior to the Law of the Covenant with Israel as Messiah infused mens rea or the “thought life” as culpability concerning sin (Matthew 5:27-28; 21-22); additionally, Messiah’s Law is not etched in stone or scratched upon parchment but written upon our heart, infused within our mind and administered by God the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16).

If we truly love Jesus as our God and the Holy Spirit indwells us as Guarantor of Covenant Relationship with the Father (Ephesians 1:13-14), we will seek obedience to Messiah’s words proclaimed during His ministry upon this earth; It is our obedience during the process of sanctification that validates the veracity and authenticity of our faith in Jesus that resulted in the imputation of His righteousness into and over our lives thereby making us worthy before the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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