There are words that are little but carry a great deal of weight and importance! One of those is the word “if.” Let’s take a look at how this word applies to us by looking at John 14:1-15.
I. If it were not so, I would have told you. V2
A. The word “if” is a It gives a that must be fulfilled before a is seen.
B. When you look at , apply these words of Jesus, “If it were not so, I would have told you.”
C. Heaven is a for a !
Scripture References: Matt 16:24, 24:35; Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 4:6: 1 Thes. 4:16-17; John 8:32, 10:10, 18:38
II. If you had known Me, [then] you would have known My Father also. V7
A. The statement in verse 7 is a . Could this apply as it did to Thomas? Do you really ?
B. If all are right, why does the Bible make it so plain that there is ?
Scripture References: Heb 11:6; James 2:19; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Romans 10:17; Colossians 1:13-14; Revelation 1:9
III. If you love Me, keep My commandments. V15
A. We should understand this to mean: Show for me through !
B. If/then statements affirm 2 truths:
1. God expects us to . We must do so , not .
2. Our salvation is .
Scripture References: John 8:51; 1 Cor. 15:2; Gal. 6:9; Col. 1:22-23; 2 Tim. 2:12; 2 Pet. 1:10; 1 Jn. 1:7; Exodus 19:5; Deut 28:9; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Tim 2:3,4